Ocular Pathology 2 (ORTH5050)


Building on knowledge and skills acquired in Ocular Pathology 1, in this unit of study students will gain an understanding of how the investigation and management of ophthalmic conditions will vary across life stages with particular emphasis on the pediatric and geriatric populations. The role of the orthoptist in the ophthalmic workplace will be further explored with emphasis given to the development and demonstration of critical analysis of practice in the therapeutic, pharmacological and surgical management of complex ophthalmic conditions. The most recent evidence for modes of investigation and treatment will be evaluated. Advanced clinical skills required for the assessment of complex ophthalmic cases will be addressed. Using a client-focused approach, students will apply clinical reasoning to the design of plans of investigation and management for people with acute and chronic ophthalmic conditions. The role of the wider team of health professionals in the care of people with ophthalmic conditions and their role as future practitioners within the team will be discussed.

Further unit of study information


1x3-hr lecture/week, 20-hr tutorial/semester and e-learning


Mid-semester exam (20%), end semester OSCE (20%), end semester exam (60%)


Recommended: Kanski Jack J, Clinical diagnosis in ophthalmology, Elsevier Mosby (2006)

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.