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BSc Optometry / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Clinical Practical Sessions
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This module gives you the opportunity to practise your clinical skills on real patients, who attend the Optometry Teaching Clinics, under the supervision of qualified staff. A culmination of the theory and practical knowledge you have gained in the first two years will allow you to see patients in the following clinical settings: general eye examination, contact lenses, low vision assessment, dispensing, orthoptics, further investigative techniques and paediatrics.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Optometric Examination B||OPTO20100||Pre-Requisite||Recommended|
|Binocular Vision A||OPTO20361||Pre-Requisite||Recommended|
|Contact Lenses A||OPTO20372||Pre-Requisite||Recommended|
All clinical units taken during semesters 1 to 5.
To enable students to acquire the clinical skills necessary for entry into the pre-registration year following graduation
- Demonstrate clinical understanding in all of the clinics covered in the unit
- Demonstrate practical clinical competence in each of the areas covered by the unit (GOC Stage 1 Competencies)
- Develop effective clinical communication skills.
In depth clinical experience in: optometric examination, contact lenses, ophthalmic dispensing investigative techniques, orthoptics, paediatric optometry, low vision and case records.
- Analytical skills
- Experience in reviewing patient records to determine normal and abnormal findings and pick out salient points requiring investigation and follow-up. Participation in case discussions during clinical record tutorials.
- Group/team working
- Co-operative working in small groups during some clinical sessions e.g. Paediatrics, Binocular Vision, Further Investigative Techniques.
- Oral communication
- Regular taking of patient clinical histories and discussion of optometric management with patient and supervisors (particularly in Optometric Examination).
- Problem solving
- Establishing the patient's presenting problem(s) if symptomatic and determining an appropriate course of action with assistance of the clinical supervisor
- Written communication
- Via regular record keeping and completion of management plans in most clinics.
ABNORMAL OCULAR CONDITIONS AND INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES (1 hour, 20%)
Online exam involving recognition of ocular disease and data interpretation task (visual fields and colour vision). Station exam assessing practical skills in slit lamp, Volk and contact tonometry.
BINOCULAR ANOMALIES (70 minutes, 15%)
Station exam including practical elements (e.g. history taking, cover test, prism fusion range, ocular motility) and online exam assessing theoretical elements (ocular movements, prescribing for children, development of binocular vision and management of binocular vision).
CONTACT LENSES (45 minutes, 15%)
OSCE station exam covering contact lens fitting and aftercare. For example selection and/or assessment of lens fit and surface (rigid and/or soft lenses)
Slit lamp and tear film examination of a prospective or established contact lens wearer
Fitting patients with rigid and/or soft contact lenses and assessing lens fit.
Ordering of final contact lens specifications
Slide recognition tasks e.g. contact lens complications, assessment of lens fit, instrumentation, solutions
DISPENSING AND LOW VISION (1 hour, 15%)
Station examination requiring the dispensing and ordering of a multifocal prescription, in addition to low vision-related assessments.
OPTOMETRIC EXAMINATION (1 hour, 10%)
Station exams covering routine optometric examination and management.
CLINICAL MANAGEMENT (1 hour preparation and 30 minute viva, 25%)
Examination involving review of several optometric case scenarios that include the clinical presentation, refractive findings and results of various supplementary investigations. Candidates will be required to prepare all the scenarios for discussion during the subsequent viva and to write a letter of referral in relation to one of the cases.
- Periodic feedback of clinical performance with release of core competency results.
Additional study material and reading will be suggested as required.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment practical exam||6|
|Practical classes & workshops||223|
|Independent study hours|
|Caroline Thompson||Unit coordinator|