Advanced Contact Lens Management

Subject 655-805 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - 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

Distance learning.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is available by distance learning in Semester 2. Attendance at a half day seminar and clinical demonstrations is optional but highly recommended.
Total Time Commitment: This subject is available by distance learning in Semester 2, 2009.
  • A four year Australian bachelor degree in Optometry or equivalent; or
  • A three year Optometry degree followed by a year of supervised clinical practice.
Corequisites: NONE
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.


Dr Adrian Bruce


Subject Overview:

Upon completion of this subject, students should have detailed knowledge of alternative contact lens materials and designs; be thoroughly familiar with the ocular response to contact lenses and with the process of infection associated with contact lens wear; have developed an understanding of the theoretical framework underlying fitting of contact lenses to a variety of different sorts of patients; be prepared to manage complex contact lens presentations and contact lens related complications; and have a good understanding of the optical principles associated with all forms of contact lens correction.

Objectives: On completion of the subject, students should:
  • have a broad, detailed knowledge of contact lens materials and designs;
  • have a good understanding of the optical principles associated with all forms of contact lens correction;
  • be thoroughly familiar with possible ocular responses to contact lenses, including the process of infection;
  • be prepared to manage complex contact lens presentations, fittings and contact lens related complications.
  • Two 2,500 word case reports (30%) submitted during the course of the semester; and
  • One 3 hour written examination in the examination period (70%).
Prescribed Texts:
  • Students will be directed to research articles, review chapters and articles and case studies, both published and online.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Students should develop generic skills including:

  • an appreciation of the strengths and limitations of one's own observations and how they relate to scientific knowledge bases; and
  • the need for continuing independent learning to keep pace with future advances in the field.
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Optometry

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