Ophthalmic Optics (OPSC5003)


Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of optics relevant to the practice of ophthalmology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the topics of Physical, Geometrical, Physiological and Instrument Optics. On completion of this unit of study the successful student will be able to (1) describe the physical properties of light and lasers, (2) describe the geometrical principles of light and the laws governing lights interaction with materials and (3) describe the physiological optics of the human eye and how to test this.

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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 3hour examination at the end of the semester.


2x3000 word assignment (30%), 1xpresentation (15%), online contribution in the form of a wiki page on an allocated topic (10%) and 1x3hr exam (45%)


Clinical Optics, AR Elkington & HJ Frank, Oxford : Blackwell Science, 1999
Optics, Refraction and Contact Lenses, Basic and Clinical Science Course, American Academy Ophthalmology, 2011 - 2012
Optics (11th ed), MH Freeman and CC Hull, Edinburgh : Butterworth-Heinemann, 2003
Optics for Clinicians (3rd ed), M Rubin, Gainesville, Fla. : Triad Pub. Co., c1993
The Fine Art of Prescribing Glasses Without Making a Spectacle of Yourself (3rd ed), B Milder and M Rubin, Gainesville, Fla. : Triad, 2004
Last-minute optics : a concise review of optics, refraction, and contact lenses (2nd ed), David G. Hunter, Constance E. West Thorofare, NJ : SLACK, c2010

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Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate knowledge of physics relating to light and optics

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.