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BSc Optometry / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Contact Lenses B
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|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|
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.
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
- 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.
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.
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
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||1.5|
|Independent study hours|
|Carole Maldonado-Codina||Unit coordinator|