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OPT034: Ocular Therapeutics

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to provide a high quality of ocular therapeutics.

This module includes a contact teaching day towards the start of the module in which students take part in interactive small group teaching sessions. Studies continue with a series of distance learning articles and lectures delivered on Learning Central. There are interactive case discussions and other teaching in a webinar, and formative assignments are offered to guide and enhance learning. In total there are two contact days which include the teaching day towards the start of the module, and an examination held at Cardiff University at the end of the module ie at the end of Semester 1.

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

Along with OPT034 and OPT036, this module is accredited by the General Optical Council for the Independent Prescribing Qualification.

Start dateSeptember
Duration20 contact hours over one academic term
Credits10 credits - CET points available
Module tutorsAngela Whitaker
Module codeOPT034

Learning objectives

On successful completion of the module a student will be able to demonstrate the following as defined by the GOC:

  • a detailed knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the anterior eye and adnexa
  • an ability to evaluate the principal signs and symptoms likely to be associated with various types of anterior eye disease and to conduct appropriate ophthalmic investigations
  • an ability to recognise the presence of anterior ocular abnormalities and eye disease, make a differential diagnosis and make decisions on the appropriate management strategies
  • an ability to apply knowledge of the theory and practice relating to the expected occurrence (epidemiology), the underlying disease processes (pathology) and their treatment (drug or surgical intervention) as relevant to abnormal ocular conditions
  • a detailed knowledge of ocular therapeutic drugs
  • a detailed knowledge of the pathophysiology, clinical features and natural course of the conditions being treated
  • an understanding of how to monitor the response to treatment, to review both the working and the differential diagnosis, and to modify treatment or refer / consult / seek guidance as appropriate

The programme also provides opportunities for students to achieve and demonstrate the following learning outcomes appropriate to level 7 learning:

  • To be able to assess the signs and symptoms of anterior eye disease, to make a differential diagnosis and to rank available treatment options
  • To formulate, recommend and justify (by providing evidence of appraisal of the literature) an appropriate management plan

To be able to evaluate the response of anterior eye disease to treatment and choose to revise the diagnosis and management plan or not, justifying and explaining the choice(s) made.

Syllabus content

  • Overview of Independent Prescribing
  • Basic principles of ocular therapeutics
  • Licensing, indications, contraindications and precautions
  • Anatomy and physiology of the anterior eye and adnexa
  • Clinical ocular pharmacology
  • Drugs used in the treatment of anterior eye disease
  • Introduction to microbiology
  • Introduction to immunology and allergies
  • Blepharitis and other eyelid conditions
  • Infective conjunctivitis
  • Management of allergic eye disease
  • Management of keratitis
  • Management of uveitis
  • Tear film and dry eye disorders
  • Corneal trauma
  • Ophthalmic emergencies and differential diagnosis of the red eye

How the module will be delivered

Through online lectures, a webinar, case based learning, practical sessions, and a series of online articles. Please note: all contact days and the webinar are mandatory activities.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Academic skills:

  • Advancing own knowledge and understanding
  • Collating and synthesising information from a number of resources to improve learning
  • Data interpretation

Subject-specific skills:

  • Awareness of recent research in ophthalmic prescribing practice and the evidence base for accepted clinical practice in prescribing

Generic skills:

  • Time management
  • Working independently
  • IT skills, including online discussion forums
  • Problem solving ability

How the module will be assessed

Formative assessment:

Formative activities are presented online. Students also have the opportunity to submit a formative case report to obtain detailed feedback in advance of the summative case report.

Summative assessment:

  • Exam (65%)
  • Case report (35%)

Students must pass each summative assessment with a mark of 50% in order to complete the module.