Cataract and Refractive Surgery

 

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OPSC5001 Ophthalmic Anatomy

Credit points: 9 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Yves Kerdraon and Dr Simon Taylor Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Online Assumed knowledge: Undergraduate knowledge of basic human anatomy Assessment: Academic Honesty and Academic Writing Tasks (15%), 1 x 2500 word assignment (20%), online presentation (20%), online journal club (pass/fail) and 1 x 3 hour exam (45%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have knowledge of anatomy relevant to the practise of ophthalmology. In particular, students must demonstrate detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the eye, the orbit & periorbital structures, and the visual pathways. In particular, students must demonstrate detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the eye, the orbit & periorbital structures, and the visual pathways. On completion of this unit of study the successful student will be able to (1) describe the normal anatomical organisation and development of the human eye, orbit and periorbital structures in terms of cells, tissues, organs and systems, (2) describe the principal components of the human visual system and their structure and function and (3) describe how diagnostic imaging may be used in ophthalmic practise.
Textbooks
Prescribed texts: Clinical Anatomy of the Eye Snell RS and Lemp MA; Wolff's Anatomy of the Eye and Orbit (8th ed). AJ Bron et al (eds) HK Lewis, London 1997. Additional texts: Histology of the Human Eye M Hogan J Alvarado, J Wedell WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 1971; Gray's Anatomy (38th Ed) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1989; The Eye Basic Sciences in Practice (Chapters 1 and 2) J Forrester et al Saunders Company Ltd London 1996; The Human Nervous System, An Anatomical Viewpoint (5th Ed) ML Barr and JA Kiernan Harper and Row, Philadelphia 1988; Clinical Anatomy and Physiology of the Visual System, 3rd Edition, By Lee Ann Remington; 2013-2014 Basic and Clinical Science Course; Section 2: Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology (2013; older editions also quite acceptable). Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
OPSC5003 Ophthalmic Optics

Credit points: 9 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Con Petsoglou and A/Prof Gordon Sanderson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Online Assumed knowledge: Undergraduate knowledge of physics relating to light and optics Assessment: 2 x 2500 word assignments (30%), online presentation (15%), wiki on an allocated topic (10%) and 1 x 3hr 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 practise 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.
Textbooks
Prescribed texts: Clinical Optics AR Elkington and HJ Frank, Blackwell Science, 3rd Ed, 2000; Optics, Refraction and Contact Lenses, Basic and Clinical Science Course, American Academy Ophthalmology, 2013. Additional texts: Optics MH Freeman, Butterworths-Heinemann Medical; 10th Ed, 1990; Optics for Clinicians M Rubin, Triad Publishing, 3rd Ed, 1993; Physics for Ophthalmologists DJ Coster 1st Ed 1994; The Fine Art of Prescribing Glasses Without Making a Spectacle of Yourself Hardcover - April 30, 2004, by Benjamin Milder (Author), Melvin L. Rubin (Author).
OPSC5018 Cataract and Refractive Surgery 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Colin Chan Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online Assessment: 3x2000 word written assignments (90%), and online discussion (10%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
Note: This unit is only offered in Semester 1.
This unit of study aims to provide candidates with the theoretical and practical foundations of the practise of cataract and refractive surgery. Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of corneal refractive surgery. Candidates should be able to: (1) Describe how an excimer laser, femtosecond laser, conductive and thermal keratoplasty work; (2) Describe how PRK, LASIK. Arcuate keratotomy, conductive keratoplasty are performed; (3) Demonstrate knowledge of the theory behind the lasers involved; (4) Describe indications and contraindications for the above procedures; (5) Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of systemic disease on refractive surgery patients; (6) Describe the management of corneal related refractive surgery complications; (7) Describe the treatments for keratoconus; (8) Demonstrate an understanding of the economics of setting up a refractive surgery practice; (9) Discuss lens based approaches to refractive surgery including lens; (10) Extraction and phakic intra ocular lens choices, including the preoperative; (11) Assessment, surgery and postoperative management; (12) Have an understanding of the management of lens based related refractive surgery adverse events; (13) Understand the evidence for and ethical issues related to refractive surgery.
Textbooks
LASIK: Advances, Controversies and Custom, Louis E Probst; Mastering Refractive IOLs: The Art and Science, David F Chang, Slack publishers; The Art of LASIK, Machet, Slade, Probst. 2nd edition Slack Publishers; Step by Step LASIK Surgery, Vajpayee R., Jaypee publishers.
OPSC5019 Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Michael Lawless Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online Prerequisites: OPSC5018 Assessment: 3x2000 word written assignments (90%), and online discussion (10%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
Note: This unit is only offered in semester 2.
This unit of study aims to provide candidates with the theoretical and practical foundations of the practise of cataract and refractive surgery. Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of corneal and intraocular refractive surgery. Candidates should be able to: (1) Describe how an excimer laser, femtosecond laser, conductive and thermal keratoplasty work; (2) Describe how PRK, LASIK. Arcuate keratotomy, conductive keratoplasty are performed; (3) Demonstrate knowledge of the theory behind the lasers involved; (4) Describe indications and contraindications for the above procedures; (5) Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of systemic disease on refractive surgery patients; (6) Describe the management of corneal related refractive surgery complications; (7) Describe the treatments for keratoconus; (8) Demonstrate an understanding of the economics of setting up a refractive surgery practice; (9) Discuss lens based approaches to refractive surgery; (10) Have an understanding of the management of lens based related refractive surgery adverse events; (11) Understand the evidence for and ethical issues related to 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. Machat, Jeffrey J., Slade, Stephen J., Probst, Louis E., The Art of LASIK, 2nd ed. Slack Inc.; Vajpayee, Rasik B., Melki, Samir A., Namrata, Sharma., Sullivan, Laurence, Step by Step LASIK Surgery; Vajpayee R., Taylor & Francis Brightbill, Frederick S., McDonnell, Peter J., McGhee, Charles N.J., Farjo, Ayad A.,Serdarevic, Olivia, Corneal Surgery: Theory, Technique and Tissue,4th ed. Mosby 2009; Krueger RR, Talamo JH, Lindstrom RL, Textbook of refractive laser assisted cataract surgery, Springer New York 2012.
OPSC5020 Practical Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr John Males and Prof Gerard Sutton Session: Intensive November Classes: Intensive on campus Prerequisites: OPSC5018 Corequisites: OPSC5019 Assessment: Online surgical logbook (40%), and observed structured clinical exam (60%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
Note: This unit is only offered in semester 2.
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; 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. Machat, Jeffrey J., Slade, Stephen J., Probst, Louis E., The Art of LASIK, 2nd ed. Slack Inc.; Vajpayee, Rasik B., Melki, Samir A., Namrata, Sharma., Sullivan, Laurence, Step by Step LASIK Surgery; Vajpayee R., Taylor & Francis Brightbill, Frederick S., McDonnell, Peter J., McGhee, Charles N.J., Farjo, Ayad A.,Serdarevic, Olivia, Corneal Surgery: Theory, Technique and Tissue,4th ed. Mosby 2009.
OPSC5023 Dissertation Refractive Surgery A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Gerard Sutton Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Supervision Prerequisites: OPSC5018 and OPSC5019 Assessment: Dissertation submitted after completion of 12 CP of dissertation units (OPSC5023 and OPSC5024), and 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 practise 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: Supervision Prerequisites: OPSC5018 and OPSC5019 Assessment: Dissertation submitted after completion of 12 CP of dissertation units (OPSC5023 and OPSC5024) and 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 practise 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: Supervision 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 practise 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)