Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2 (OPSC5019)


This unit of study aims to provide candidates with the theoretical and practical foundations of the practise of refractive surgery (RS). Week 1 Evidence based medicine as applied to RS. Week 2 Phakic intraocular lenses. Week 3 Refractive aspects of cataract surgery. Week 4 Ethics of RS. Week 5 Management of post-keratoplasty and traumatic ametropia. Week 6 Biometry calculations in RS. Week 7 Combined corneal and lens surgery. Week 8 Surgical correction of presbyopia. Week 9 Management of adverse events in lens-based RS. Week 10 Complex case histories. Week 11 Prevention and management of corneal ectasia. Week 12 Laser systems. Week 13 Medico-legal aspects of RS

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Online lectures and online tutor-led forum discussion.


3x2000wd written assignments (90%), and online discussion (10%)


Azar, Dimitri L., Refractive Surgery, 2nd ed. 2006
Buratto, L., Brint, Stephen, Custom LASIK: Surgical Techniques and Complications, 2003
Bores, Leo D., Refractive Eye Surgery, 2nd ed. 2001
Probst,Louis E.,LASIK: Advances, Controversies and Custom
Chang, David F.,Mastering Refractive IOLs: The Art and Science, Slack Inc. Machat, Jeffrey J., Slade, Stephen J., Probst, Louis E., The Art of LASIK, 2nd ed. Slack Inc
Vajpayee, Rasik B., Melki, Samir A., Namrata, Sharma., Sullivan, Laurence, Step by Step LASIK Surgery
Vajpayee R., Taylor & Francis Brightbill, Frederick S., McDonnell, Peter J., McGhee, Charles N.J., Farjo, Ayad A.,Serdarevic, Olivia, Corneal Surgery: Theory, Technique and Tissue,4th ed. Mosby 2009
Krueger RR, Talamo JH, Lindstrom RL, Textbook of refractive laser assisted cataract surgery, Springer New York 2012

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This unit will ONLY be offered in Semester 2.

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