Credit points: 15

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 points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMeri Vukicevic

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HZVSO and must have passed the following subjects: [ORT3OCP or ORT3OPM] and [HBS3PAP or HBS3PBD] OR Must be admitted in: HMORT and no other rule applies.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


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. Critically review general pharmacological principles and the considerations associated with drug administration and delivery at an ocular level.

Lectures, workshops & case studies

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.

Lectures, workshops & case studies

03. Demonstrate judgement in the use and prescription of pharmaceutical agents to reflect compliance with legal requirements.

Lectures, workshops & case studies

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMeri Vukicevic

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 2-hour end-of-semester written examination (2,000 words)50 01, 02, 03
one 60-minute mid-semester written test (1,000 words)30 02, 03
Four group in-class worksheets(5% each, 750 word equivalent per student in total)Worksheets are undertaken in class20 01, 03