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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will build on concepts presented in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. Students will develop an understanding of pharmacological concepts pertaining to the use of ophthalmic medications. Using an enquiry-based learning program, 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 points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMeri Vukicevic

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed the following subjects: [ORT3OPH or ORT3OPM] and [HBS3PAP or HBS3PBD] OR Must be enrolled in: HMORT and no other rule applies.

Co-requisites ORT4AOD

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Limited to students enrolled in Orthoptics.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBasic and clinical science coursePrescribedAmerican Academy of Ophthamology 20102010-2011 EDN, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHAMOLOGY, SAN FRANCISCO.
ReadingsClinical ocular pharmacologyPrescribedBartlett, J & Jaanus, S 20014TH EDN, BUTTERWORTH-HEINEMANN, BOSTON.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Examine and explain general pharmacological principles and the considerations associated with drug administration and delivery at an ocular level.

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02. Analyse and synthesise information on safe administration of drugs in the clinical setting in order to recommend the drugs of choice for various ocular examinations and appropriate therapeutic management options for various eye diseases.

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03. Apply critical thinking in order to comply with legal requirements for the use and prescribing of pharmaceutical agents.

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