Oculoplastic Surgery 1 (OPSC5034)


This unit of study aims to provide candidates with theoretical and practical foundations of the practice of Oculoplastic surgery. Over 14 weeks the candidates will learn skin and tissue techniques. This will include methods of tissue regeneration and repair including local anaesthesia and basic principles of wound healing. Further study will be undertaken for a system of repair of full thickens eyelid reconstruction and differing ways of repair of small, medium and large defects. Medial and lateral canthus defects will be discussed as well as the diagnosis and management of multiple eyelid tumors. Further discussion will be undertaken regarding ptosis of the upper lid as well entropion and distichiasis. The principals of ectropion repair will be taught as well as surgical intervention for involutional and cicatricial types of ectropion. Seventh nerve palsy and its causes and treatment will be discussed in depth as well as a brief module on blepharoplasty surgery of the upper and lower lids. Surgery to correct facial palsy will be briefly discussed.

Further unit of study information


Online lectures and online oculoplastic surgery forum discussion.


3 x 2000 word written assignments (90%), online discussion (10%)


Oculoplastic Surgery by McCord, Tanenbaum, Nunery 4th edition.
Orbital Surgery by Rootman, Stewart, Goldberg 2nd edition.
Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by Nesi, Lisman, Levine 2nd edition.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


OPSC5001 and OPSC5002

Assumed knowledge

Students undertaking this unit of study must have advanced specialty training with RANZCO qualifications or equivalent. Consideration will be give to RACS and dermatology advance trainees.

Study this unit outside a degree

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.