OPT026: Cataract and Refractive Surgery
This module aims to provide you with a detailed insight into all aspects of cataract and refractive surgery, from the earliest pre-operative considerations through the technical aspects of surgery and ending with post-operative care of routine and complicated cases.
This is a distance learning only module and there is no practical component.
|Credits||10 credits - CET points available|
|Module tutors||Jeenal Shah|
|Tuition fees (2020/21)||£620 - Home students|
£1155 - Students from outside the EU
*Please contact us for EU fees.
On completion of this module you should be able to:
- critically reflect a knowledge of complex, controversial and/or contentious issues related to cataract and refractive surgery
- evaluate and apply modern key concepts of cataract and refractive surgery and be able to apply them to challenges within your own environment and practice
- address and reflect on the benefit of inter-professional teamwork in the delivery of cataract and refractive surgery
- explore, critically analyse, synthesis and evaluate evidence-based literature, guidelines and underpinning theories in examination methods, surgical techniques that are presently available for cataract and refractive surgery (including potential risks) and apply this knowledge to given scenarios, demonstrating how you would determine the most appropriate solutions for a patient accessing ophthalmic care
- present balanced and informed arguments, incorporating critical judgment and decision making in written work.
How the module will be delivered
This module is taught via lectures (Powerpoint with audio) and Xerte tutorials, delivered via Learning Central, the University’s e-learning system, with supporting resources and references supplied. There is an introductory webinar and a key features webinar. This is a distance learning only module.
Discussion boards accessed via Learning Central will provide a platform for students to discuss any questions or queries that come up throughout the term with both the course tutors and their peers
How the module will be assessed
There are formative key features scenarios, where the learner can work through the case by answering questions. Students will submit one written coursework as a formative assessment for which they will receive feedback (1500-2000 words).
Online Examination (100%): There is an MCQ test that will assess comprehension and application across the entire syllabus, which students take at the end of the lecture series.
The pass mark for each component is 50%. Students must pass the module overall, and also pass each individual component.
Skills that will be practised and developed
- Advance your own knowledge and understanding
- Collate and synthesise information from several resources to improve learning
- Write concisely and clearly for the academic and clinical community
- Interpret data
- Manage projects and time
- Work independently
- Use a range of IT software packages and online resources
- Problem solving
These descriptions should act as a general guide, and specific emphasis will vary with each lecture. Whilst all topics will covered at least once, some topics will be refreshed later in the module. An example is the range of treatment options available for various degrees of refractive error. The teaching will cover the following:
- Taking a relevant ophthalmic history from patients with cataract and / or refractive error
- Anterior segment examination of patients with cataract and / or refractive error
- Anterior segment imaging and diagnostic technology for patients with cataract and / or refractive error
- Relevance of posterior segment findings in patients with cataract and / or refractive error
- Interpretation and synthesis of clinical findings in cataract and / or refractive error
- Clinical decision making for patients with cataract and / or refractive error (indications for surgery according to benefits vs risks)
- Formulation of a clinical management plan
- Technologies available to treat patients with cataract and / or refractive error
- Potential risks and complications associated with refractive and cataract surgical techniques
- Post-operative care of cataract and refractive surgery patients
- Clinical guidelines e.g. NICE
How the module will be assessed
There are formative key features scenarios, where the learner can work through cases by answering questions.
There are also formative case discussions on the group discussion board.
Online Examination (100%): There is an online test that will assess comprehension and application across the entire syllabus, which students take at the end of the lecture series. This will be made up of key feature and management case scenarios and multiple choice questions.