Successful students can demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of physiology relevant to the practise of ophthalmology. Particular emphasis is placed on the organisation, function, mechanism of action, regulation and adaptation of relevant structures and their component parts. Students are also expected to have an understanding of the maturation and normal ageing of the human eye. They must have a thorough understanding of the methods used to measure the activity of relevant physiological processes such as intraocular pressure, retinal electrical activity and visual acuity. On completion of this unit of study students are able to (1) describe the normal physiological functioning of the human eye and nervous system, (2) describe the principal physiological laws and phenomena that apply to these systems and (3) describe how these physiological processes are measured and the limitations of such tests.
2 x 2500 word assignments (30%), presentation (15%), wiki on an allocated topic (5%), online journal club (5%) and 1x3hr exam (45%)
Prescribed texts: Adler's Physiology of the Eye (11th Ed) Kaufman ed, Saunders Elsevier 2011; Review of Medical Physiology (21st Ed) WF Ganong, McGraw Hill 2003, 24th Ed. Additional texts: Ocular and Visual Physiology: Clinical Application. S Skalicky, Springer-Verlag, Singapore 2016; Biochemistry of the Eye [electronic resource] /Whikehart. Boston : Butterworth-Heinemann, c2003; Physics for Ophthalmologists DJ Coster (ed) Churchill Livingstone, Sydney 1997; The Eye: Basic Sciences and Practice. Forrester JV, Dick AD, McMenamin P, Lee WR. WB Saunders 2003; Duane's Foundations of Clinical Ophthalmology. JB Lippincott Co, Philadelphia; The Neurology of Eye Movements (5th Edition). RJ Leigh and DS Zee, Oxford University Press, 2015.
Undergraduate knowledge of basic human cell and organ physiology