University of Technology Sydney

96031 Clinical Management of Refractive Error

6cp; 1hpw (lecture), 2hpw (workshop), weekly clinical practical labs
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


Foundation knowledge of optics and refractive errors acquired in 96027 Eye and Visual Systems is expanded in this subject to include detailed learning of the aetiology of refractive errors and the scientific and clinical aspects of their management. Students are encouraged to critically evaluate different methods of ascertaining refractive error and the underpinning ocular biometry based on the current research evidence available. Through a problem-based inquiry approach to learning, students develop an understanding of the advantages and limitations of different methods of correcting ametropia, including optical and surgical methods and how these influence management plans, with particular regard to the life stage, ocular health including strabismus, lifestyle and occupation of the individual. Areas of controversy and complex practice are studied, such as latent and manifest hyperopia, development of astigmatism, the aetiology of myopia, progressive myopia and keratoconus. On completion of this subject students have the orthoptic clinical skills required to objectively and subjectively assess refractive status and be proficient in the prescription of spectacle lenses.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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