96030 Introduction to Professional Practice6cp; 1hpw (lecture), 2hpw (workshop), clinical practicals are scheduled on weeks 2–14
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This subject provides students with fundamental knowledge required for practice-orientated learning in the clinical setting. Students study the basic structure of the health care system and the roles of eye care health providers, including their own role as a novice practitioner within this system. Evidence-based medicine as a model for professional orthoptic practice is introduced, along with basic research and inquiry skills. Basic clinical skills and standard diagnostic tests are introduced, including observation, history taking, and testing of visual acuity, perimetry, colour vision and contrast sensitivity. Developments in these tests of visual function and how differences in the underlying test principles can influence the outcome measure, are discussed. The pharmacology of ocular medications, laws and regulations that govern their use and their role in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for common ophthalmic conditions are also studied.
Autumn session, City campus.
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