Contact Lenses

Subject OPTO40005 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x one hour lectures/tutorials per week, 10 two hour practical classes during the semester
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours
Prerequisites: All of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Plus one of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
  • 655-332 Functional Disorders of Vision II (prior to 2010)
Corequisites: All of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering applications for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005) and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, this subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in clinical practice activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Bang Bui



Subject Overview:

The subject covers the underlying physiological and optical principles of contact lenses, the measurement of contact lens specifications using relevant instrumentation, the handling of contact lenses and routine procedures for cleaning and disinfecting hard and soft contact lenses, the insertion and removal of hard and soft contact lenses; the conduct of a preliminary examination for contact lenses, techniques for assessment of the physical fit of contact lenses on the eye, the rationales behind current methods of fitting the various types of contact lenses and the recognition, interpretation and management of signs and symptoms and abnormal conditions which may be induced by contact lens wear.

Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should have a broad understanding of contact lens practice.

Ongoing assessment of practical work during the semester (10%); a 2000 word written assignment due during the semester (10%); a 30-minute written examination held mid-semester (10%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (70%). Satisfactory completion of all components of assessment is necessary to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:
  • A J Phillips, L Speedwell (eds), Contact Lenses, 5th Ed. Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Notes: This subject is only available to Bachelor of Optometry students.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Optometry

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