Ocular Disease Management

Subject OPTO50004 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 5 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Year Long, 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures, tutorials and computer aided learning sessions and no less than 144 hours of clinical work, clinical placements or clinical demonstrations related to ocular disease management, including therapeutic management of ocular disease. Students are rostered to attend private ophthalmology practice placements, both general and sub-specialist practices in the areas of anterior eye, glaucoma and retina. Students will also attend the sub-speciality clinics in a tertiary eye care facility such as the of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Alfred Hospital, and conduct clinical management of ocular disease in both the University of Melbourne EyeCare practice and rostered geriatric clinics. Students will also undertake clinical placements in interstate and overseas tertiary eye care centres that manage ocular disease including therapeutic management of ocular disease throughout the clinical year.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: All of
Study Period Commencement:
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Corequisites: Both
Study Period Commencement:
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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. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Prof Algis Vingrys, Prof Neville Mcbrien


Email: algis@unimelb.edu.au

Email: nmcbrien@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

The subject 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 management of active ocular disease particularly including therapeutic management in the private practices of sub-specialist and general ophthalmology. They will manage patients under supervision in the University of Melbourne EyeCare practice and in other clinical sites during their clinical year. They will attend hospital eye clinics to gain exposure to a wide range of acute and advanced chronic presentations of ocular disease. Training will incorporate the therapeutic management of ocular disease and develop skills in the shared care co-management of patients with ophthalmology.

Objectives: This subject provides a detailed approach to the clinical management of ocular disease including therapeutic management of ocular disease.

Progressive assessment of clinical work through oral case presentations and written clinical reports (3 reports of 2000 words each) throughout the year (30%); an oral examination in Semester 2 (20%); a 3-hour written examination in the second semester examination period (50%). Satisfactory completion of all components of assessment, and submission of a patient diary, is necessary to pass the subject. Timely attendance at all rostered clinical sessions, both national and international, is compulsory. Specific details relating to this requirement can be found in the Subject Guide.

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.

The 5th year of the Bachelor of Optometry comprises 2 x 16 week clinical semesters.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Optometry

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