Practical Ophthalmic Science (OPSC5004)


Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the practical aspects of the basic ophthalmic sciences. Particular emphasis will be placed on the topics of Anatomy, Physiology and Optics. Learning outcomes: On completion of this Unit of Study the successful student will be able to (1) describe the anatomy of the human eye, orbit, nervous system and head and neck, (2) correctly identify structures of the above on prosections, radiographic and magnetic resonance images, (3) describe the physiologic functioning of the human eye and nervous system, (4) correctly investigate, interpret results, recognise limitations and evaluate physiologic processes of the human eye and nervous system, (5) describe the physical, physiological and geometric optics of light and its application to the human eye and (6) correctly use ophthalmic instruments and describe their optical properties.

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Face-to-face. The unit of study will be offered as a 2.5 - 3 wk block/intensive mode to be taken at either the Save Sight Institute in Nov/Dec or at the University of Otago in Jun/Jul. The unit will cover practical aspects of the distance learning units and consists of a series of lectures and practicum.


2x1.5 hour observed structured practical exams (100%). The format will include a combination of multiple choice questions, short answers, essay style questions and naming parts of anatomical prosections, performing simple experiments, use of ophthalmic equipment and clinical application of the basic sciences. Each practical exam will be worth 1/3 of the total mark for the unit of study. A score of over 50% is required for each of the exams for candidates to be passed. Supplementary viva exams may be offered for those candidates who are borderline pass or have failed one section of the unit of study.

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Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate knowledge of physics relating to light and optics.


OPSC5002 or OPSC5003

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