Ophthalmic Anatomy (OPSC5001)


Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of anatomy relevant to the practice of ophthalmology, in particular the eye, the visual pathways, the orbit and its contents including peri-orbital structures. They are also expected to have an understanding of the embryology, maturation and normal ageing changes of the human eye. They should also be familiar with the anatomy of the head and neck including neuro-anatomy, histology and the use of diagnostic imaging as it pertains to the visual system. On completion of this unit of study the successful student will be able to (1) describe the normal anatomical organisation of the human eye, orbit and contents and head and neck in terms of cells, tissues, organs and systems, (2) describe the principal components of the human visual system and their function in detail and (3) describe how diagnostic imaging may be used in ophthalmic practice.

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online/distance learning environment (total of 20hrs/wk) for 13 wks comprising: lectures delivered online (3 hrs/wk) online tutorials (1hr/wk) self directed learning and assignments (16hrs/wk) wk 14 for revision. In addition to time spent on assignments it is expected that the student will spend approximately 120 hours of private study over the course of the fourteen weeks. It is suggested that also 25 hours of study will be necessary to prepare for the 3 hour examination at the end of the semester.


1x3000word assignment every 3wks (45%), online interaction (10%) and 1x3hr exam (45%)


Wolff's Anatomy of the Eye and Orbit (8th ed). AJ Bron et al (eds), London : Chapman & Hall Medical, 1997
Clinical Anatomy of the Eye (2nd ed), R.S. Snell, M.A. Lemp, Malden, Mass. ; Oxford : Blackwell Science, 1998
Histology of the Human Eye, M. Hogan, J. Alvarado, J. Wedell, W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia : Saunders, 1971
Gray's anatomy : the anatomical basis of medicine and surgery (38th ed.), New York : Churchill Livingstone, 1995
The Eye Basic Sciences in Practice (2nd ed), J. Forrester et al, Edinburgh ; New York : W.B. Saunders, 2002. (Chapters 1 and 2)
The Human Nervous System, An Anatomical Viewpoint (5th ed.), M.L. Barr & J.A. Kiernan, Philadelphia : Lippincott, c1988

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