Diagnosis of Ocular Disease I

Subject 655-441 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 1-hour lectures (two per week) and 2 1-hour tutorials
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Optometry 655-321; 655-341; 655-028 or 655-328; 655-330 or 655-332; 655-351 or 655-359; and Microbiology 526-306.
Corequisites: Optometry 655-430, 655-451 and 655-461.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


A/Prof A Vingrys
Subject Overview:

Since optometry is a first point of entry into the Australian health care system, optometrists have an obligation to correctly diagnose ocular disease and systemic disease having ocular manifestations. The objectives of 655-441 and its companion subject 655-442 are to develop understanding in these conditions and to lay the basis for clinical decision-making and problem solving as required in the complete optometric examination and subsequent management of patients. On completion of 655-441, students will be thoroughly familiar with the nature, course and prognosis of anterior eye disease and glaucoma, and appreciate the various differential diagnoses. The subject builds on past learning by covering the pathology, cause, course, differential diagnoses and management of ocular diseases and of systemic diseases having ocular manifestations.

Assessment: A 30-minute written examination held mid-semester (10%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (75%); a slide test on eye disease recognition held in the examination period (15%). Satisfactory completion of the written examination and the slide test is necessary to pass the subject.
Prescribed Texts: Cornea: colour atlas and synopsis of clinical ophthalmology (C J Rapuano & W-J Heng), New York, McGraw-Hill, Medical Publishing Division, 2003 (or later edition) Glaucoma: colour atlas and synopsis of clinical ophthalmology (D J Rhee), New York, McGraw-Hill, Medical Publishing Division, 2003 (or later edition)
Recommended Texts: N.B. The Colour Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Ophthalmology Series is also available as a five-volume set.
  • Clinical Ophthalmology (J J Kanski), 5th edn, Oxford Butterworth-Heinemann, 2003 (or later edition)
  • Oculoplastics: colour atlas and synopsis of clinical ophthalmology (R Penne), New York, McGraw-Hill, Medical Publishing Division, 2003 (or later edition)
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is only available to Bachelor of Optometry students.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Optometry

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