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Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students will build on concepts presented in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. Students will be provided with an understanding of pharmacological concepts pertaining to the use of ophthalmic medications. Students will study the pharmacologic principles, indications, contraindications and potential side effects of various ocular drugs used in the investigation, diagnosis and/or management of ophthalmic disorders. An understanding of the ophthalmic effects of non-ocular therapeutic substances and the regulatory aspects of prescribing ocular preparations will be emphasized. This subject will equip students to proceed to the subject Ophthalmic Management and Therapeutics and the Orthoptic Clinical Practice subjects.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMeri Vukicevic

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ORT2PVS and HBS2CAN or equivalent.

Co-requisites HBS3PBD

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Limited to students enrolled in Orthoptics.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsClinical ophthalmology a systematic approachPrescribedKanski, J & Bowling, B 20117TH EDN, ELSEVIER HEALTH SCIENCES, UNITED KINGDOM.
ReadingsLecture Notes OphthalmologyRecommendedJames, B, Chew, C, Bron, A 200710TH EDN, BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, UNITED KINGDOM.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Clearly and coherently explain the effect a microbial infection can have on the eye and analyse the likely presenting signs and symptoms in order to differentially diagnose a condition.

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02. Clearly and coherently explain the cause of an ocular condition and its effect on the normal anatomy and physiology of the eye to a patient and fellow practitioners using appropriate language and terminology.

Lectures and workshops

03. Synthesise information and analyse clinical data in order to differentially diagnose an ocular condition and develop a prognosis.

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04. Explain the effect on the eye at different stages of systemic disease progression to determine whether these are permanent or reversible with treatment.

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