Ocular Disease Management

Subject 655-540 (2008)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2008.Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 25.000
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

, - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures and tutorials and no less than 144 hours of clinical work and clinical demonstrations related to ocular disease management. Students are rostered to attend the speciality clinics of the Victorian College of Optometry, the sub-speciality clinics in a tertiary eye care facility such as the of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, private optometric and ophthalmological practices throughout the clinical year
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Optometry 655-422, 655-430, 655-442 and 655-462.
Corequisites: Optometry 655-510 and 655-520.
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.


Prof N McBrien; A/Prof A Vingrys
Subject Overview:

This subject provides a detailed approach to the clinical management of ocular disease and builds upon the previous didactic studies on ocular disease and pathology. Students will gain a detailed knowledge of the practical management of patients with a wide range of ocular conditions. Students will observe and manage patients under supervision in the disease clinics of the Victorian College of Optometry. They will attend clinics of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital to gain exposure to a wide range of acute and chronic presentations of ocular disease. Training will incorporate the therapeutic management of ocular disease and the develop skills in the shared care co-management of patients with ophthalmology.

Assessment: Progressive assessment of clinical work throughout the year (30%); practical skills tests, written clinical reports (4 reports of 2000 words each) and oral examinations throughout the year (20%); a 3-hour written examination in the second semester examination period (50%). Satisfactory completion of all components of assessment is necessary to pass the subject.
Prescribed Texts: A reading list will be provided.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

This subject should develop a student's

  • written and verbal communication skills

  • interpersonal skill by working as part of team

  • ability to work independently when appropriate

  • ability to synthesise disparate information into a coherent framework


This subject is only available to Bachelor of Optometry students.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Optometry

Download PDF version.