Ocular Pathology 1 (ORTH5042)


This unit of study will build upon foundational knowledge acquired in Eye and Vision Systems and Introduction to Professional Practice and apply that knowledge to the study of common ocular conditions seen in clinical practice and their investigation and management. Basic disease processes will be studied with specific emphasis on ocular involvement and associations with systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Fundamental concepts of investigation of ocular conditions will be expanded to encompass understanding and evaluation of new technologies in the workplace. Learning in this area is supported by practical skills development. Students will gain an understanding of current advances in the therapeutic, pharmacological and surgical management of common ophthalmic conditions using a case-based approach. On completion of this unit of study the student will be able to determine and evaluate the role of eye-care practitioners in the assessment and management of patients in an ophthalmic setting, expanding upon their own novice practioner role. The student will be expected to demonstrate this role by interpretation of more complex medical and ophthalmic data, planning of appropriate eye-related investigations and interpretation of the results obtained to aid in planning of overall patient management.

Further unit of study information


1x3-hr lecture/week, 10-hr tutorials/semester and e-learning


Mid semester exam (20%), end semester OSCE (30%), end semester exam (50%)


"Cassin B and Hamed L, Fundamentals for Ophthalmic Technical Personnel, Saunders (1995) Kanski Jack, Clinical Diagnosis in Ophthalmology, Elsevier Mosby (2006) (or more recent) MIMMS Annual or MIMMS On Line Snell RS and Lemp MA, Clinical Anatomy of the Eye (2nd ed), (1998) Stein H, Slatt B and Stein R, The Ophthalmic Assistant, Mosby (2000) "

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