Binocular Vision and Ocular Motility 1 (ORTH5040)


This unit of study provides a conceptual and practical framework for the understanding of the sensory and motor processes underlying the binocular function of the eyes. Students will study the anatomical, physiological and optical principles underlying normal eye movements and binocular vision. They will develop an understanding of how the coordination of the eyes may be modified by accommodation, refractive errors and associated accommodation/convergence relationships. This framework will be applied to understanding and conducting procedures used to demonstrate normal and defective binocular vision and eye movement disorders. Through the mode of case- based presentation, students are led to discuss the management of common presenting problems of ocular conditions related to heterophoria, strabismus, accommodation and convergence defects .This unit will provide essential knowledge and skills in the diagnosis, measurement and management of errors of ocular motility and binocular vision that will act as a foundation for further studies in this area of orthoptic practice.

Further unit of study information


3-hr lecture/wk, 3-hr tutorials/week


mid semester exam (20%), self report (10%), OSCE (20%), end of semester written exam (50%)


"Ansons and Davis, Diagnosis and Management of Ocular Motility Disorders (3rd ed), Blackwell Science (2001) Rowe F, Clinical Orthoptics (2nd ed), Blackwell Publishing (2004) "

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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.