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BSc Optometry / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Optometric Examination A
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Optometric Examination A will introduce you to basic eye tests - which are known as refractive examinations. You will learn about the basic optics of the eye and errors in the focusing of light by the eye which affect visual acuity: myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness) and astigmatism. You will be able to perform a basic refractive examination, communicate adequately with patients to gain their co-operation during the examination and demonstrate manual dexterity in the use of refractive instrumentation.
To introduce students to the basic methodology of refractive examination.
• Understand the basics of refraction of the eye.
• Develop the ability to adapt the clinical tests for patients needs.
• Perform a basic objective and subjective refractive examination of straightforward ametropic patients.
• Demonstrate manual dexterity in the use of refractive instrumentation.
• Communicate adequately with patients to gain their cooperation in objective and subjective refraction.
This unit introduces the students to optometric examination methods used in a clinical setting to perform refractive examination of the eye. This is followed up with further techniques being taught in Optometric examination B in the second year.
• Basic optics of the eye and ametropia (2 lectures)
• Visual acuity - factors involved, measurement, changes with age, relation to CSF, effects of refractive blur (2 lectures)
• Spherical and astigmatic refractive error: block and fan, crossed cylinder (3 lectures).
• Retinoscopy (3 lectures)
• Binocular balancing (1 lecture)
• Accommodation, presbyopia and reading additions (3 lectures)
• Binocular vision: fusion, heterophoria, cover test (4 lectures)
• Routines and Revision: types and flow charts (4 lectures)
• Ophthalmoscopy (
Formative practical examination in semester 1.
Summative assessment in semester 2:
- 1.5 hour written examination in semester 2 (100 marks)
Practical OSCE station examination in semester 2 (50 marks).
Available on request for written and practical examination. Personalised feedback will be provided in semester 2 on the semester 1 formative practical examination.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment practical exam||1|
|Assessment written exam||1.5|
|Practical classes & workshops||42|
|Independent study hours|
|Hema Radhakrishnan||Unit coordinator|