Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Unit of Study Descriptions for 2015

OPSC5001 Ophthalmic Anatomy

Credit points: 9 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Yves Kerdeaon Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: online/distance learning environment (total of 20hrs/wk) for 13 wks comprising: lectures delivered online (3 hrs/wk) online tutorials (1hr/wk) self directed learning and assignments (16hrs/wk) wk 14 for revision. In addition to time spent on assignments it is expected that the student will spend approximately 120 hours of private study over the course of the fourteen weeks. It is suggested that also 25 hours of study will be necessary to prepare for the 3 hour examination at the end of the semester. Assessment: 1x3000word assignment every 3wks (45%), online interaction (10%) and 1x3hr exam (45%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of anatomy relevant to the practice of ophthalmology, in particular the eye, the visual pathways, the orbit and its contents including peri-orbital structures. They are also expected to have an understanding of the embryology, maturation and normal ageing changes of the human eye. They should also be familiar with the anatomy of the head and neck including neuro-anatomy, histology and the use of diagnostic imaging as it pertains to the visual system. On completion of this unit of study the successful student will be able to (1) describe the normal anatomical organisation of the human eye, orbit and contents and head and neck in terms of cells, tissues, organs and systems, (2) describe the principal components of the human visual system and their function in detail and (3) describe how diagnostic imaging may be used in ophthalmic practice.
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OPSC5003 Ophthalmic Optics

Credit points: 9 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Con Petsoglou Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: online/distance learning environment (total of 20hrs/wk) for 13 wks comprising: lectures delivered online (3 hrs/wk), online tutorials (1hr/wk), self directed learning and assignments (16hrs/wk), wk 14 for revision. In addition to time spent on assignments it is expected that the student will spend approximately 120 hours of private study over the course of the fourteen weeks. It is suggested that also 25 hours of study will be necessary to prepare for the 3hour examination at the end of the semester. Assessment: 1x3000word assignment every 3wks (45%), online interaction (10%), and 1x3hr exam (45%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of optics relevant to the practice of ophthalmology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the topics of Physical, Geometrical, Physiological and Instrument Optics. On completion of this unit of study the successful student will be able to (1) describe the physical properties of light and lasers, (2) describe the geometrical principles of light and the laws governing lights interaction with materials and (3) describe the physiological optics of the human eye and how to test this.
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OPSC5018 Cataract and Refractive Surgery 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Colin Chan Session: Semester 1 Classes: online lectures and online tutor-led forum discussion Corequisites: OPSC5001 Ophthalmic Anatomy Assessment: 3x2000 wd written assignments (90%), and online discussion (10%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
Note: This unit will ONLY be offered in Semester 1.
This unit of study aims to provide candidates with the theoretical and practical foundations of the practice of refractive surgery (RS). Week 1 Overview of RS. Week 2 Ocular and systemic diseases . Week 3 Patient assessment and evaluation. Week 4 Corneal imaging. Week 5 Principles of Laser and technology. Week 6 Principles and practice of astigmatic surgery. Week 7 Principles and practice of PRK/LASEK. Week 8 Principles and practice of LASIK. Week 9 Principles and practice of PTK. Week 10 Prevention and management of corneal refractive complications. Week 11 Keratoconus and intracorneal ring segments. Week 12 Optics and biomechanics of the eye following RS and Week 13 The economics of refractive surgery.
Textbooks
Azar, Dimitri L. Refractive Surgery, 2nd ed. 2006 Buratto, L., Brint, Stephen, Custom LASIK: Surgical Techniques and Complications, 2003 Bores, Leo D. Refractive Eye Surgery, 2nd ed. 2001 Probst,Louis E. LASIK: Advances, Controversies and Custom Chang, David F. Mastering Refractive IOLs: The Art and Science, Slack Inc.
OPSC5019 Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Lawless Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online lectures and online tutor-led forum discussion. Prerequisites: OPSC5018 Assessment: 3x2000wd written assignments (90%), and online discussion (10%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
Note: This unit will ONLY be offered in Semester 2.
This unit of study aims to provide candidates with the theoretical and practical foundations of the practise of refractive surgery (RS). Week 1 Evidence based medicine as applied to RS. Week 2 Phakic intraocular lenses. Week 3 Refractive aspects of cataract surgery. Week 4 Ethics of RS. Week 5 Management of post-keratoplasty and traumatic ametropia. Week 6 Biometry calculations in RS. Week 7 Combined corneal and lens surgery. Week 8 Surgical correction of presbyopia. Week 9 Management of adverse events in lens-based RS. Week 10 Complex case histories. Week 11 Prevention and management of corneal ectasia. Week 12 Laser systems. Week 13 Medico-legal aspects of RS
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Azar, Dimitri L., Refractive Surgery, 2nd ed. 2006
OPSC5020 Practical Cataract & Refractive Surgery

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr John Males Session: Intensive November Classes: Block 5 days/wk for 1 week and clinical placement. Prerequisites: OPSC5018 Corequisites: OPSC5019 Assessment: Online surgical logbook (40%), and observed structured clinical exam (60%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
Note: This unit will only be offered in Semester 2 Late Intake.
This unit of study aims to provide candidates with the practical experience and knowledge necessary to assess and perform refractive surgery. This is a mentor-based programme with candidates supervised in a number of clinical and laboratory environments. Emphasis is on pre-operative investigation, surgical skill and post-operative management. Candidates will be required to observe and perform intra- and extra-ocular surgical techniques relevant to refractive surgery. Candidates will rotate through a number of refractive surgical practices and observe refractive surgery taking place utilizing a number of refractive surgical systems. Further candidates will have to attend a number of wet lab sessions designed for the performing of refractive surgical techniques on artificial, animal or human eyes. A logbook of observed and performed surgeries will be kept and used for assessment.
Textbooks
Azar, Dimitri L., Refractive Surgery, 2nd ed. 2006
OPSC5023 Dissertation Refractive Surgery A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Gerard Sutton Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Students will be required to have contact with their supervisor regarding their treatise at least every three weeks to discuss the progress and implementation of their project. Prerequisites: OPSC5018 and OPSC5019 Assessment: Dissertation submitted after completion of 12 CP of dissertation units i.e. OPSC5023 and OPSC5024, to be reviewed by two independent assessors. Mode of delivery: Supervision
Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical and practical foundations of the practice of refractive surgery and that in their project they have integrated this knowledge with prior learning and experience. The dissertation may take one of two forms: a written output (report or formal academic composition) on work performed during the candidature from a supervised student project that contains between 8,000-20,000 words or a scientific paper that arises from a supervised student's project and has been submitted to a peer review journal for publication. The scientific paper however still needs to be embedded in a treatise with an expanded introduction and literature review as well as an expanded conclusion/discussion section. Additional methods and results not presented in the scientific paper should also be included. On completion of the dissertation units, the successful student will be able to: (1) Undertake a medical/scientific project and follow it to its completion. (2) Work constructively under the supervision of an ophthalmic supervisor. (3) Display scientific thinking and apply this to refractive surgery. (4) Attempt to publish their dissertation or learn how to publish their work.
Textbooks
Your Practical Guide to Writing a Thesis, Treatise or Dissertation at the University of Sydney, SUPRA Guide (http://supra.net.au/assets/file/Publications/SUPRAthesisguide.pdf)
OPSC5024 Dissertation Refractive Surgery B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Gerard Sutton Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Students will be required to have contact with their supervisor regarding their treatise at least every three weeks to discuss the progress and implementation of their project. Prerequisites: OPSC5018 and OPSC5019 Assessment: Dissertation submitted after completion of 12 CP of dissertation units i.e. OPSC5023 and OPSC5024, to be reviewed by two independent assessors Mode of delivery: Supervision
Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical and practical foundations of the practice of refractive surgery and that in their project they have integrated this knowledge with prior learning and experience. The dissertation may take one of two forms: a written output (report or formal academic composition) on work performed during the candidature from a supervised student project that contains between 8,000-20,000 words or a scientific paper that arises from a supervised student's project and has been submitted to a peer review journal for publication. The scientific paper however still needs to be embedded in a treatise with an expanded introduction and literature review as well as an expanded conclusion/discussion section. Additional methods and results not presented in the scientific paper should also be included. On completion of the dissertation units, the successful student will be able to: (1) Undertake a medical/scientific project and follow it to its completion. (2) Work constructively under the supervision of an ophthalmic supervisor. (3) Display scientific thinking and apply this to refractive surgery. (4) Attempt to publish their dissertation or learn how to publish their work.
Textbooks
Your Practical Guide to Writing a Thesis, Treatise or Dissertation at the University of Sydney, SUPRA Guide (http://supra.net.au/assets/file/Publications/SUPRAthesisguide.pdf)
OPSC5025 Dissertation Refractive Surgery C

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Gerard Sutton Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Students will be required to have contact with their supervisor regarding their treatise at least every three weeks to discuss the progress and implementation of their project. Prerequisites: OPSC5018 and OPSC5019 Assessment: Dissertation to be reviewed by two independent assessors. Mode of delivery: Supervision
Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical and practical foundations of the practice of refractive surgery and that in their project they have integrated this knowledge with prior learning and experience. The dissertation may take on of two forms: a written output (report or formal academic composition) on work performed during the candidature from a supervised student project that contains between 8,000-20,000 words or a scientific paper that arises from a supervised student's project and has been submitted to a peer review journal for publication. The scientific paper however still needs to be embedded in a treatise with an expanded introduction and literature review as well as an expanded conclusion/discussion section. Additional methods and results not presented in the scientific paper should also be included. On completion of this unit of study, the successful student will be able to: (1) Undertake a medical/scientific project and follow it to its completion. (2) Work constructively under the supervision of an ophthalmic supervisor. (3) Display scientific thinking and apply this to refractive surgery. (4) Attempt to publish their dissertation or learn how to publish their work.
Textbooks
Your Practical Guide to Writing a Thesis, Treatise or Dissertation at the University of Sydney, SUPRA Guide (http://supra.net.au/assets/file/Publications/SUPRAthesisguide.pdf)