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BSc Optometry / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Optometric Examination B||OPTO20100||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
The unit aims to give the student a level of knowledge and experience which will allow them to carry out the assessment and rehabilitation of a low vision patient.
- To understand the multi-disciplinary nature of low vision rehabilitation.
- To know the range of available optical and non-optical devices and strategies currently used in the rehabilitation of low vision patients: to understand the theoretical basis for them, their uses and limitations.
- To be able to describe and distinguish between impairment; activity limitation and participation restriction
- To know the causes and prevalence of low vision, and its impact on Western and world society and healthcare policy.
- To appreciate the psychological impact of low vision on the individual, and show empathy with these individuals.
- To be able to accurately determine and record the visual status of a visually impaired person, and to understand the functional implications of these findings, and how they relate to ocular pathology.
- To be able to interact with a visually impaired patient and their carers in such a way as to gather the information required to accurately assess their situation, and to describe rehabilitative strategies.
- To be able to critically evaluate a patient presentation, and select an appropriate management approach
- To be able to measure and specify telescopic and other optical devices.
- To be able to achieve the core competencies related to low vision required by the General Optical Council
- Legal and functional definitions, registration; incidence and prevalence
- Magnification methods: real image magnification – electronic systems; telescopic magnification; methods for prescribing distance and near magnification; optics of plus-lens magnifiers
- Binocular correction; control of aberrations in plus lens magnifiers, availability in UK; hand-held and stand magnifiers
- Telescopes; focal telescopes, contact lens telescopes
- Aids to improve peripheral awareness; eccentric viewing, prism relocation; non-optical aids, environmental design, lighting, glare, tints
- Success rates with low vision aids and the role of training; outcome measures; sensory substitution; benefit of registration
Each student sees about 3 patients at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and carries out ‘assignments’ covering the following topics: predicting magnification; problems of using magnifiers; the visual requirements for reading; measuring equivalent power of a plus lens; emergent vergence in fixed focus stands; identifying and measuring telescopes; reverse telescopes, field expanders and Peli prisms; optimising lighting.
Students must have prepared in advance for timetabled assignments.
2 hour written examination (80%) (comprising short answers (60%) and MCQ (40%)); and coursework (20%). The 20% coursework will be 10% end-of-year poster and viva, and 10% (2 x 5%) for other pieces of work during the year (1 individual and 1 group).
Please note that the practical examinations in Low Vision, and any formal assessment of core competencies, are part of OPTO30200 and not this unit.
Optional regular on-line quizzes accompanying lectures. Discussion of questions during tutorials.
- Dickinson, C (1998) Low Vision: Principles and Practice. Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
- Nowakowski, R (1994) Primary Low Vision Care. Appleton and Lange
|Independent study hours|
|Christine Dickinson||Unit coordinator|