Ophthalmic Anatomy (OPSC5001)


Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed knowledge of anatomy relevant to the practice of ophthalmology. In particular, students must show in-depth knowledge of the anatomy of the eye, the visual pathways, the orbit and its contents including peri-orbital structures. Students are also expected to have an understanding of the embryology, maturation and normal ageing changes of the human eye as well as 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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2x3000word assignments and 1 x 2000 word assignment (40%), online exemplar activity (5%), online discussion (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 Recommended: 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 2013-2014 Basic and Clinical Science Course; Section 2: Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology. (2013; older editions also quite acceptable). Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate knowledge of basic human anatomy

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