Ophthalmic Pharmacology and Ocular Drugs

The principles, indications and side-effects of Ocular Drugs.

A refresher on the management of Ophthalmic disorders and the regulatory aspects of prescribing ocular preparations.

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Location Online
Date/s Ongoing
Time/s Online self-paced
Duration 5 hours of online learning followed by an online assessment.
Registrations close 31/12/2021
Prerequisites/s Basic knowledge of ophthalmic pharmacology principles.
Certification Certificate of Attendance / Completion
Fee/s $300.00 inc. GST

La Trobe University orthoptics expert Dr. Meri Vukicevic provides a refresher on knowledge of the pharmacologic principles, indications, contraindications, and potential side effects of various ocular drugs used in the investigation, diagnosis, and/or management of ophthalmic disorders. Participants will also review their understanding of the ophthalmic effects of non-ocular therapeutic substances and the regulatory aspects of prescribing ocular preparations.

This online short course is delivered in five self-paced modules and a certificate of recognition will be sent upon successful completion of a final assessment.

This pharmacology refresher course contains five modules that take an estimated total of five hours to complete, followed by an online assessment. Participants will be given up to three weeks to complete all modules and may request extended time.

Access to the subject material will be made available up to three working days after proof of payment.

Dr. Meri Vukicevic

Dr. Vukicevic is a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Orthoptics, School of Allied Health. Her teaching focus includes ocular anatomy and physiology, eye disease and low vision rehabilitation. Meri's research interests include treatment and low vision intervention for patients with macular disease and diabetic retinopathy.

Meri is co-editor of the Australian Orthoptic Journal, the official and peer-reviewed journal of Orthoptics Australia and was Managing Editor of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology (the official peer-reviewed journal of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists) in 2011 and 2013. Meri has also sat on the Human Ethics Committee for the Faculty of Health Sciences. As part of her commitment to working with people with vision impairment, Meri has taken on a volunteer role with the Australian Paralympic Committee and is a qualified national certifier of vision-impaired athletes.

This activity has been approved by the Australian Orthoptic Board for CPD points upon completion. AOB activity number: 21578. Category: Education (1.3). Points: 5.

Course content

Topics covered will include:

  1. Drug Administration & Regulation
  2. Drugs for Diagnosis & Procedures
  3. Glaucoma Drugs
  4. Drugs for Anterior Segment & Inflammation
  5. Anti-VEGF Drug

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  2. Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software).

Further information

E: k.neil@latrobe.edu.au

T: 9479 1586


This program is subject to minimum enrolment numbers. A refund will be provided if the program is cancelled.