OPT005: Acute Eye Care 2

This module aims to provide postgraduate optometrists with the opportunity to enhance their skills in acute eye care practice to an advanced level.

Students are encouraged to use advanced instrumentation to investigate certain causes of acute eye problems and work through case history scenarios which reflect advanced, unusual and mixed examples of acute eye conditions in practice with an emphasis on practical skills training, e.g. foreign body removal.

Start DateDurationCreditsPrerequisitesModule TutorsModule Code
March 201925 contact hours over one academic term10 credits

CET points available
OPT004Nik Sheen (Leader)

Sasha Macken

To acquire knowledge and understanding at an advanced level about:

  • Common trauma presentations to optometric practice and how to triage them
  • Common causes of diplopia and the associated signs and symptoms.

To apply this knowledge to given scenarios and demonstrate:

  • A practical working knowledge of all instrumentation used in examination and assessment of retinal breaks and detachments
  • Appropriate methods of superficial foreign body removal
  • Formulation of differential diagnosis and management plans about the topics covered in the module

To analyse a theoretical situation and suggest appropriate management of a patient with respect to:

  • All topics covered in the module

This module is taught via 3 lectures (PowerPoint with audio), delivered via Learning Central, the University's e-learning system, with supporting resources and references supplied.

There are also 3 online sessions of guided case-based learning, allowing students to revise and apply their knowledge in a virtual setting, plus 4 practical tutorials. The practical tutorials involve attendance at a two-day workshop.

Online Examination (20%)

There is a MCQ test that will assess comprehension and application across the entire syllabus which students take at the end of the lecture series for final assessment.

Online Coursework (40%)

There are four case-based presentations to work through – these are key features scenarios, where the learner must work through the case by answering sets of questions. The advanced level case histories will also rely on re-call of the Level 1 Acute Eye Care Optometry module.

Practical assessment (40%)

Students will be marked on their technical skills at the end of the practical tutorials.

  • To understand the techniques and instrumentation required to investigate the far retinal periphery.
  • To understand and be able to demonstrate the instrumentation and the various methods of foreign body removal.
  • To know and understand the commonest types of trauma seen in optometric practice.
  • To be able to effectively triage and manage cases of ocular trauma.
  • To understand and be able to investigate fully the causes of double vision.

Academic skills

  • Collate information from a number of resources to improve learning.
  • Advancing own knowledge and understanding to higher level.

Subject specific skills

  • The enhancement of clinical examination techniques.
  • To develop practical skills to assess and manage people with acute eye problems.
  • Appropriate referral pathways for acute eye problems.

Generic skills

  • Time management.
  • Working independently.
  • Problem solving.
  • Communication skills.