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OPT005: Acute Eye Care 2

This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to enhance your skills in acute eye care practice to an advanced level.

On this module, you will 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.

Start dateMarch
Duration25 contact hours over one academic term
Credits10 credits - CET points available
Module tutorsNik Sheen (Leader)
Nita Odedra
Tuition fees (2020/21)£620 - UK and EU students
£1155  - Students from outside the EU
Module codeOPT005

There are CET points available on completion of applicable elements of the module.

There will be two practical/contact days that require attendance in Cardiff.

Upon completion of the module you should be able to:

  • evaluate and apply modern key concepts of acute eye care and be able to apply them to challenges within their own environment and practice
  • explore, critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate evidence-based literature, clinical guidelines and underpinning theories in acute eye care practice to assess practice and methods of management in this area
  • address and reflect on the benefit of inter-professional teamwork in the delivery of acute care in optometry
  • present balanced and informed arguments, incorporating critical judgment and decision making
  • effectively reflect on and evaluate learning
  • assess the signs and symptoms of acute eye conditions to make a differential diagnosis and to rank options for management
  • problem solve and develop solutions/management plans in complex cases with acute presentation based on evidence and sound professional and clinical judgment

This module is taught by means of online sessions of guided learning through online lectures and podcasts, plus two contact days in Cardiff which will include workshops, tutorials, case discussions and formative practical skills training.

Supporting resources and references will be supplied via Learning Central, the university's virtual learning environment. In addition, there will be interactive webinars.

  • Common acute presentations to optometric practice
  • Differential diagnosis and management plans of acute eye problems
  • Triage and management of cases of ocular trauma
  • Appropriate methods and instrumentation for foreign body removal
  • Instrumentation & techniques used in examination and assessment of retinal breaks and detachments
  • Investigation of heterophoria and heterotropia

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

This module contains formative and summative assessments. Formative assessment includes a case report submission for feedback.


Written Coursework (33.3%): Students will submit a written piece of coursework

Online test (66.7%). Students will answer questions including multiple answer, single best answer and short answers.