Occupational Optometry, Visual Standards

Subject OPTO40001 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures/seminars/tutorials and practical/clinical work
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours


Enrolment in this subject is only available by invitation of Head of Department, Professor Algis J Vingry.

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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 and practical class 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/


Email: antheac@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

Topics to be covered are lighting and its effect on visual tasks, visual standards for various tasks, eye injuries in the workplace, the role of eye protectors in reducing eye injuries, the visual ergonomics of a variety of visually demanding tasks such as sustained computer screen reading or microscopy. The role of national and international standards in providing guidance for safe practice will be stressed and particular attention will be given to relevant Australian standards.

Learning Outcomes:

The aim of this subject is to detail the visual problems that can be encountered in the workplace.


Six written practical-based assignments of up to 2,000 words each due during the semester (30%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (70%).

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:
  • R V North, Work and the Eye. Oxford Medical Publications, 1993 (or later edition)
  • D G Pitts and R N Kleinstein, Environmental Vision. Butterworth-Heinemann, 1993 (or later edition)
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

This subject is only available to Bachelor of Optometry students.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Optometry

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