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BSc Optometry / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Contact Lenses B

Unit code OPTO30651
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Optometry
Available as a free choice unit? No


Contact Lenses B builds upon the second level ‘Contact Lenses A’ unit and provides you with a detailed understanding of the signs, symptoms, aetiology and management of various contact lens complications. You will also learn about specialist contact lens instrumentation and speciality lenses. The lecture series runs alongside a separate practical clinical programme (embedded in OPTO30200) where you will undertake all aspects of contact lens practice on fellow students and real patients and where you will also carry out your GOC-mandated core competencies and patient episodes.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Contact Lenses A OPTO20372 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Instrumentation OPTO20091 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Pharmacology A OPTO20391 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


To amplify the knowledge gained in the Contact Lenses A unit in order to allow students to successfully fit and manage contact lens wearing patients in practice.

Learning outcomes

Students should be able to:

· Understand how to fit various types of contact lenses (‘entry level’ clinical skills)

· Understand how to carry out different contact lens appointment types

· Understand the application of contact lens grading scales and how to use these in record keeping in clinical practice

· Understand the complications associated with contact lens wear

· Understand how to effectively manage patients in relation to their contact lens wear

· Understand the implications of systemic disease in contact lens patients

· Understand how to identify the causes of problems in contact lens wear

· Understand extended wear contact lens fitting and what specialist advice and aftercare needs to be given to these patients

· Understand contact lens care systems

· Understand and appreciate new advances in contact lens practice




This unit will be delivered by a series of lectures and seminars with associated content viewed on Blackboard. Topics covered include:

       Grading scales for contact lens complications

       Preliminary examination

       Soft and rigid contact lens fitting

       The collection appointment

       Effective aftercare procedures

       Contact lens complications

       Contact lens oxygen performance

       Contact lens specialist instrumentation

       Specialist contact lenses

       Corneal inflammation and infection


Employability skills

Analytical skills
Analyse key findings of journal articles; identify key issues. eLearning exercises and example exam questions develop analytical skills involving data interpretation. Students are encouraged to ask questions throughout the lectures and seminars and think about how the material covered in this unit and other units is linked.
Group/team working
Students are able to take part in group discussions and debates relating to the issues and topics covered via discussion forums on Blackboard.
Oral communication
Students are encouraged to answer questions and to ask questions during lectures and seminars.
Problem solving
The assessments in this unit require problem-solving skills involving clinical scenarios. Additionally, understanding information in relation to the syllabus topics requires an ability to assimilate information and problem solve in the context of the exam question being asked.
Students have a significant amount of current contact lens research presented to them during the course and they are encouraged to seek out and read the publications discussed in the lectures as well as undertaking additional reading to extend their knowledge.
Written communication
Students are encouraged to prepare for their written questions in the final examination by preparing outlines for questions. There is also an interactive discussion board where students can interact with each other and the unit coordinator.
Development of clinical skills which will be directly relevant to students' employment as an Optometrist.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Feedback following each of the formative online assessments will be provided on Blackboard. Feedback before the final examination will be provided through in-class discussions of MCQs and written answer questions and provision of a discussion forum on Blackboard where students are able to direct questions to the module coordinator and view all discussion threads. A post-exam feedback document will be posted on Blackboard as well as individual feedback and guidance, when requested.

Recommended reading

Efron N (2019) Contact Lens Complications (4th Edition). Butterworth-Heinemann

Gasson, A & Morris, J (2003) The Contact Lens Manual: a Practical Guide to Fitting (3rd Edition). Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd

Efron, N (2017) Contact Lens Practice (3rd edition). Elsevier Ltd.

Kerr, C & Chauhan, K. The ACLM Contact Lens Year Book.

Veys J, Meyler J, & Davies I (2009). Essential Contact Lens Practice. The Vision Care Institute

Phillips, AJ & Speedwell, L (1997) Contact Lenses (4th Edition). Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 74.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Carole Maldonado-Codina Unit coordinator

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