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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 and binocular vision assessment.

Start dateMarch
Duration25 contact hours over one academic term
Credits10 credits - CET points available
PrerequisitesOPT004
Module tutorsNik Sheen (Leader)
Nita Odedra
Module codeOPT005

On completion of the module you should be able to acquire knowledge and understanding at an advanced level about common acute presentations to optometric practice and how to triage them

You should also be able to apply this knowledge to given scenarios and demonstrate:

  • a practical working knowledge of instrumentation used in examination and assessment of retinal breaks and detachments
  • an appropriate methods of superficial foreign body removal
  • an ability to use the techniques and instrumentation required to investigate the far retinal periphery
  • an ability to demonstrate the instrumentation and the various methods of foreign body removal
  • an understanding and ability to effectively triage and manage cases of ocular trauma
  • an ability to use techniques to investigate causes of heterophoria and heterotropia
  • an understanding of how to link findings and symptoms to investigate fully the causes of double vision
  • demonstrate the ability to use a VOLK Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy (BIO) lens.
  • an understanding and ability of using fundus contact lenses to view the posterior pole, particularly the far retinal periphery
  • formulation of differential diagnosis and management plans about the topics covered in the module
  • an ability to analyse a theoretical situation and suggest appropriate management of a patient with respect to all topics covered in the module.

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 online sessions of guided learning, plus 2 contact days in Cardiff which will include workshops, tutorials, case discussions and final examination which is online. The practical days include formative feedback sessions on binocular vision techniques. Supporting resources and references will be supplied.

This module contains formative and summative assessments.

Online Course work (40%): There are two case reports to be submitted that are summative. There will also be formative case report blogs that will be used during the module.

Online final examination (66%): An online examination, to be taken on the second day of the practical days. The online examination includes two sections; Section A: Matching MCQs, Section B: Case based key features scenarios with images. Each section is worth 33%.

The pass mark for each component (online coursework and online examination) is 50%. Students must pass the module overall, and also pass each individual component.

  • 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.