Cataract and Refractive Surgery 1 (OPSC5018)


This unit of study aims to provide candidates with the theoretical and practical foundations of the practise of cataract and refractive surgery. Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of corneal refractive surgery. Candidates should be able to: (1) Describe how an excimer laser, femtosecond laser, conductive and thermal keratoplasty work; (2) Describe how PRK, LASIK. Arcuate keratotomy, conductive keratoplasty are performed; (3) Demonstrate knowledge of the theory behind the lasers involved; (4) Describe indications and contraindications for the above procedures; (5) Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of systemic disease on refractive surgery patients; (6) Describe the management of corneal related refractive surgery complications; (7) Describe the treatments for keratoconus; (8) Demonstrate an understanding of the economics of setting up a refractive surgery practice; (9) Discuss lens based approaches to refractive surgery including lens; (10) Extraction and phakic intra ocular lens choices, including the preoperative; (11) Assessment, surgery and postoperative management; (12) Have an understanding of the management of lens based related refractive surgery adverse events; (13) Understand the evidence for and ethical issues related to refractive surgery.

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3x2000 word written assignments (90%), and online discussion (10%)


LASIK: Advances, Controversies and Custom, Louis E Probst; Mastering Refractive IOLs: The Art and Science, David F Chang, Slack publishers; The Art of LASIK, Machet, Slade, Probst. 2nd edition Slack Publishers; Step by Step LASIK Surgery, Vajpayee R., Jaypee publishers.

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This unit is only offered in Semester 1.

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