20 x 7-hour intensive workshops per semester
2 x 50-minute on-line lectures weekly
1 x 3-hour project work weekly
1 Admission into BMSVMOPT-Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry
2 2 of OPTO8004, OPTO8007
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
1 OPTO8008 - Clinical Placements 2
1a OPTO8009 - Clinical Placements 3
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a))
Assumed knowledge
The first three years of the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry as well as content such as can be obtained in OPTO8001 Knowledge of Health and Illness for Optometrists 2 and OPTO8003 Clincial Skills for Optomtrists 2.
Assignment(s), Case Study, Examination, Project
Topic description

This topic has three areas of focus: low vision, occupational optometry, business aspects of optometry and research project.

The low vision teaching covers the following content areas:

  • Measuring visual performance
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to low vision care
  • Strategies for improving visual performance
  • Aids for field loss
  • Training patients

The occupational optometry teaching covers the following content areas:

  • Australian standards for optical devices
  • Vision standards for differing professions
  • Visual performance and efficiency in the workplace
  • Performing workplace site inspections
  • Writing professional reports

As part of the occupational optometry intensive students will break into groups and visit varied workplaces and perform assessments.

Educational aims

This topic builds on the fundamental optometry knowledge and skills students have acquired in preceding semesters. Coupled with continued clinical training, this topic enables the building of advanced skills and knowledge in the areas of low vision, and occupational optometry. This will empower students to engage broadly in low vision assessment and management including in multi-disciplinary care. Students will study occupational optometry and learn how to plan, organise occupational health and safety assessments of workplaces and write relevant reports. In the latter two intensives of the semester, students will undertake further group work on their research project finalising their datasets and drafting manuscripts for journal submission. An intensive covering therapeutic management of ocular disease.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Construct a low vision assessment, create an appropriate management plan for patients with low vision disorders and recommend suitable vision aids for low vision
  2. Design and implement an occupational, sports or workplace vision assessment setting and recommend suitable vision aids for occupational/sports vision purposes
  3. Investigate and evaluate colour vision anomalies and analyse these in the context of colour vision standards for each profession
  4. Critically analyse research data and construct data analysis plan
  5. Analyse appropriate ocular therapeutic interventions for selected diseases of the eye

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.