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Unit Overview


In this unit, students will develop a general understanding of ocular anatomy and basic physiological processes that underlie vision. The unit builds on a basic knowledge of cell biology and introduces concepts of developmental biology pertaining to ocular structures. Students will understand the way that systemic factors having impacts upon ocular health, identify cell types that collectively form the eye and consider how these anatomical structures provide the basis for the normal function of the eye.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) examine the systemic processes of the body essential for normal eye function, including haemodynamics, lymphatic system, kidney and liver function.; (2) relate the gross anatomy and physiology of the eye, orbit and its adnexa, its network of vascular supplies and ophthalmic innervation with evidence-based nature of the practice of optometry; (3) differentiate between the histological features of the cell types that make up the eye and associated structures.; (4) relate the structural basis underpinning visual processes, including accommodation, visual cycle and intraocular pressure regulation.; and (5) compare and contrast the cellular and subcellular components that both integrate and segregate the eye with and from the rest of the body..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) written assessments; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jason Charng
Unit rules
Enrolment in
the Doctor of Optometry 91590
OPTM4101 Principles of Optics 1 (ID 7936).
OPTM4103 Research Fundamentals and Methodology 1.
OPTM4104 Foundations of Optometry.
Approved quota: 64—quota places are allocated based on admission requirements contained within CAIDi 91590 Doctor of Optometry (coursework) (extended).
Contact hours
Practical, workshops and problem-based learning tutorials up to 20 hours.
Lectures and seminars up to 60 hours.

Snell RS and Lemp MA 2013. Clinical Anatomy of the Eye. Blackwell Scientific. 2nd Edition.

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