Advanced Contact Lens Management

Subject OPTO90009 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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: Not available
Prerequisites: None
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. Attendance at a half day seminar and clinical demonstration is recommended but not compulsory.

Objectives: .

Critical Appraisal of Literature, 2,000 words, due week 4 - 20%

Case Study Report + Peer review, 2,500 words, due week 7 - 30%

Case Study Report, 2,500 words, due week 12 - 25%

Portfolio, due end of exam period - 15%

Ongoing online contribution - 5%

Prescribed Texts:

Hom, M. and Bruce, A.S. (eds) Manual of contact lens fitting and prescribing with CD-ROM. 3 rd Edition. Elsevier, Boston 2006.

Students will be provided with a comprehensive study guide which will include key journal articles and a list of prescribed reading.

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 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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