Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will develop skills to assess and manage a patient with low vision. Students will extend knowledge gained from ophthalmic pathology subjects and use an enquiry-based learning program to explore the main causes of vision impairment, the psychosocial impact of vision loss and the principles of low vision rehabilitation. Knowledge about the role of the orthoptist in a multidisciplinary low vision team will also be gained. Students will study various techniques for managing low vision patients including prescribing optical and non-optical devices. This subject will equip students to progress to the Orthoptic Clinical Practice subjects.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMeri Vukicevic

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ORT4NEM and ORT4OID

Co-requisites ORT5OMT

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Limited to students enrolled in Orthoptics.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLow vision rehabilitationRecommendedSheiman, Sheiman & Whittaker 2007SLACK INC.
ReadingsVision loss in older adultsRecommendedCrocker-Houde, S (ed) 2007SPRINGER PUB CO.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMeri Vukicevic

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 39
One 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 39 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 39
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 39 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
one 1-hour examination50
one 2,000-word group assignment50