Neurological Ocular Disorders (ORTH5046)


This unit of study provides a conceptual and practical framework for the organization and function of the cortical sensory and motor areas within the brain that control vision and ocular motility. Through the mode of case-based learning and inquiry, students will be introduced to medical record analysis, management strategies for patients with complex neuro-ophthalmic conditions, and apply knowledge of test principles and ocular function to develop and adapt test procedures for physical and communication defects associated with neurological defects. In a client-focused approach, the impact of disease processes on general and ocular function, recovery and management of people with neurological conditions will be discussed. Students will learn to apply relevant theoretical and scientifically based findings to their practice in the area of ocular and visual neurological disability. Topics include: neuro-ophthalmic investigation ; assessment of visual function in the presence of disability; stroke; head injury; headache; autonomic nervous system and pupil anomalies; visual field investigation and analysis; supra nuclear, nuclear, inter-nuclear & infra-nuclear defects; and therapeutic approaches for neurological conditions.

Further unit of study information


3-hr lecture/week, 3-hr tutorial/practical/week and e-learning


Case studies (20%), end semester OSCE (30%), end semester exam (50%)


Diagnosis & Management of Ocular Motility Disorders

Faculty/department permission required?


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.