Anterior Eye Disease and Dry Eye

Subject OPTO90006 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Approx. 20 hours of online learning per week
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours


Expected level of knowledge is that of a 4-year Optometry qualification.

To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Master of Clinical Optometry or Specialist Certificate in the Management of Anterior Eye Disease. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.



Recommended Background Knowledge:

Optometrists will be expected to have a level of understanding of anterior eye disease pathophysiology, diagnosis and management consistent with that delivered in a four-year Optometry degree. Access to appropriate undergraduate course materials in these key areas will be available to assist optometrists assess their level of background knowledge.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team:


School of Melbourne Custom Programs

Program Coordinator - Lauren Sotiropoulos

Phone - (03) 9810 3248

Subject Overview:

This subject will allow optometrists to advance their clinical capabilities in the day-to-day management of eye disease by affording them the opportunity to review the most current theories on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of anterior eye disease, thus preparing them to better embrace changes in the scope of optometric practice. Given the explosion in the literature of health sciences, the course will concentrate on helping optometrists to develop a deeper understanding of a select group of common anterior eye diseases. It is expected that optometrists will, as a result, develop enhanced clinical capabilities in these areas. The course will also provide optometrists with the tools necessary to develop a deeper, evidence-based understanding in other eye diseases of their choosing, thus empowering them to improve their clinical skills across a gamut of anterior eye disease.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject the enrolled optometrist should:

  • have a more detailed knowledge of the pathophysiology, diagnostic issues and evidence-based best-practice management of common anterior eye diseases;

  • have demonstrated a capacity to identify, synthesise and evaluate appropriate scientific information such that they may construct a deeper knowledge of any ocular disease process;

  • have demonstrated their capacity to interpret and integrate information from a variety of sources (such as patient presentation details, scientific, clinical and technical literature), thus allowing the most appropriate patient management decisions;

  • have demonstrated enhanced knowledge in the use and application of specific advanced diagnostic techniques or instrumentation;

  • have advanced their clinical skills and developed a flexibility of outlook such that they are better prepared for future paradigm shifts in the scope of optometric management of anterior eye disease;

  • have an ability to modify and improve practice based on dialogue, self-reflection and life-long learning

  • 2000 word critical appraisal of literature due Week 4 (15%)
  • 2 x 2500 word case report and peer reviews due mid semester (60%)
  • 1000 word equipment assignment due at the end of exam period (15%)
  • Online contribution through out the semester (10%)

Hurdle Requirement - satisfactuory completion of online contribution

Prescribed Texts:

Enrolled optometrists 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:

On completion of this subject the student should:

  • have improved capacity to evaluate and synthesise a range of professional and scientific literature associated with the knowledge and skills in the area being studied;
  • be able to articulate knowledge and understanding in a written presentation;
  • have developed an understanding of the value of advanced knowledge and improved technology to both a professional and wider community;
  • have an appreciation of the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of research;
  • have developed a high level of analytic and problem solving skill;
  • have developed a flexibility of approach to enable better response to a background of rapidly changing information;
  • have confidence to broaden scope of knowledge by consulting professional and scientific literature from fields that overlap and enhance professional practice;
  • have the confidence to call upon peers to discuss and confer when needed;
  • have developed capacity to manage competing demands on time and enhanced capacity for self-directed work;
  • have and understanding of the area being studied in an international context;

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Clinical Optometry
Specialist Certificate in Anterior and Dry Eye Disorders

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