CLINICAL STUDIES

SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B525440
Module Leader Graeme Kennedy
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
Trimester
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

SCQF Level 7 Module in Foundations of Optics, SCQF Level 7 Module in Refractions & Binocular Vision 1; SCQF Level 7 Module in Ophthalmic Anatomy & Physiology A; SCQF Level 7 Module in Ophthalmic Anatomy & Physiology B; SCQF Level 7 Module in Ophthalmic Materials; SCQF Level 8 Module in Refraction & Binocular Vision 2; SCQF Level 8 Module in Diagnostic Techniques; SCQF Level 8 Module in Introductory Ocular Disease

Summary of Content

This module is designed to consolidate knowledge and skills gained in earlier years of study and to provide students with a firm grounding in the clinical practice of optometry. Students will gain clinical experience under the close supervision of experienced optometrists and dispensing opticians and will examine a mix of real and volunteer patients who are attending the university's Vision Centre for standard eye examinations and spectacle dispensing appointments. In both practical sessions and lectures, there will be an emphasis on the development of a sound clinical routine and good communication skills, as well as the importance of record keeping and the use of clinical evidence to inform decision-making.

Syllabus

Optometry clinics Students will carry out routine eye examinations in the Vision Centre and will gain practical experience in the following areas: -284b7 Taking a case history and symptoms -284b7 Methods of objective and subjective refraction b7 Methods of assessing binocular vision status b7 Use of instrumentation to examine the eyes and adnexae b7 Contact and non-contact tonometry b7 Visual field assessment b7 Ophthalmic imaging Dispensing clinics Students will carry out spectacle dispensing and collection appointments in the Vision Centre and will gain practical experience in the following areas: -284b7 Spectacle frame selection and facial measurements -284b7 Verification of spectacle lenses b7 Adjustment and repair of spectacle frames Lectures Development of a clinical routine Use of the logbook for reflection and to facilitate learning Record keeping Practical spectacle dispensing Hygiene in clinical practice Clinical decision making and formulating a management plan Discussion of clinical cases

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:-1. The ability to carry out a routine optometric examination of a presbyopic or pre-presbyopic patient2. Competency in basic clinical record keeping3. Basic skills in frame and facial measurements and guidance of patients in appropriate spectacle frame selection4. Competency in dispensing and verifying a variety of spectacle lens types5. An awareness of the integration of theoretical and practical work6. A reflective attitude to all aspects of patient-practitioner interaction7. Good communication skills and sensitivity in attending to the visual and holistic needs of patients

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will learn through a combination of lectures and practical clinical experiences. In practical sessions students will work under the close supervision of experienced eyecare practitioners and will examine real and volunteer patients who are attending the Vision Centre for standard eye examinations and spectacle dispensing appointments. Students will keep a detailed log of their clinical experiences and will learn how to use this log to reflect on supervisor feedback and on their individual strengths and weaknesses, in order to facilitate independent learning. Practical clinical experience will be complemented by a series of lectures covering the development of a clinical routine, practical aspects of spectacle dispensing, record keeping and clinical decision-making.

Indicative Reading

-284 Bowling, B. (2015). Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology: A Systematic Approach (8th Ed.). Elsevier. b7 Doshi, S., & Harvey, B. (2005). Assessment and Investigative Techniques. Elsevier. b7 Elliott, D.B. (2014). Clinical Procedures in Primary Eye Care (4th ed.). Elsevier. b7 Griffiths, A.I. (2000). Practical Dispensing (3rd Ed). ABDO. b7 Heijl, A., Patella, V.M., & Bengtsson, B. (2012). The Field Analyzer Primer: Effective Perimetry (4th Ed.). Carl Zeiss Meditec. b7 Jalie, M. (2008). Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing (3rd Ed.). Elsevier. b7 Rosenfield, M., & Logan, N. (2009). Optometry: Science, Techniques and Clinical Management (2nd Ed.). Elsevier.

Transferrable Skills

The use of manual and automated methods of assessing ocular refraction. The use of manual and automated methods of ophthalmic investigation. The use of manual and computerised record keeping systems and practice management systems. Communication skills. Independent learning. Ability to evaluate clinical evidence and make clinical decisions based on the available evidence

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Practicals (FT) 52.00
Independent Learning (FT) 128.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 80.00 35% Practical and written assessment of clinical skills
Course Work 02 n/a 20.00 35% Completion of logbook