OPTM3101 Science of the Eye and Visual System 1

12 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
In this unit, students will gain a foundation in the physical and biomedical sciences that underpin visual processes and ocular function by way of problem-based learning cases of common optometric conditions.

Specific topics to be addressed in this unit include:

- principles of literature review, evidence-based medicine and statistical analysis as well as principles of presenting clinical and scientific information;

- the physical nature of light, colour, reflection, refraction, plane and curved mirrors, thin and thick lenses, ray tracing, telescopes, microscopes, aberrations, polarisation, diffraction, modern optical systems and applications;

- fundamental research findings contributing to our current understanding of the visual pathway, visual acuity, colour discrimination, binocular vision, the visual field, drug and diet effects on vision, retinal processing of luminance, hue and saturation;

- anatomical structure and physiological function of the eye;

- the principles of optical physics with respect to the study of the eye;

- simple and common optometric conditions particularly those associated with developmental and refractive disorders of vision.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of various aspects of optical science as applied within optometry, medicine and science.; (2) describe the scientific principles and concepts underlying various visual processes.; (3) describe the anatomical structures and physiological functions that enable various visual processes.; (4) apply, within a team, attained knowledge in the solution of applied problems of the visual system.; (5) describe the pathological basis associated with some simple and common optometric conditions.; and (6) differentiate between levels of evidence in the appraisal of clinical research..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester assessment; (2) written assignment; and (3) written examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit rules
Enrolment in the Doctor of Optometry 91590 OR 96 points including the completion of all level 1 and 2 units in the major in Vision Science (MJD – VISSC).
OPTM3102 Principles of Optometry 1
Contact hours
Problem-based learning tutorials up to 48 hours.
Lectures and seminars up to 96 hours.

Forrester J, et al. The eye: basic sciences in practice. Saunders. 4th edition.

Atchison D, Smith D. Optics of the human eye. Elsevier Health Science. 2000.

Keating, M, Geometric, physical and visual optics. New Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, current edition


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