GENERAL OPTOMETRIC PRACTICE

SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB525439
Module Leader Dirk Seidel
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
Trimester
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

SCQF Level 8 Module in Diagnostic Techniques; SCQF Level 8 Module in General & Ocular Pharmacology; SCQF Level 8 Module in General and Systemic Pathology, Physiology and Microbiology; SCQF Level 8 Module in Introductory Ocular Disease; SCQF Level 9 Module in Clinical Ophthalmology; SCQF Level 9 Module in Clinical Studies

Summary of Content

This module will provide students with a wide and varied experience in the clinical practice of optometry, and will allow students to further develop the requisite clinical skills for entry to the practical pre-registration period. Students will gain practical experience under the close supervision of various experienced eyecare professionals, both in the university's Vision Centre and in local hospital eye departments, and will examine patients attending for standard eye examinations, contact lens fitting and aftercare, and spectacle dispensing appointments. Practical clinical experience will be complemented by a series of lectures, which will cover advanced aspects of contact lens practice, and tutorials, in which students will engage in peer review and discussion of clinical cases.

Syllabus

Optometry and Further Tests Clinics Students will carry out primary and supplementary eye examinations and will gain further experience in the following areas: -284b7 Taking a patient's case history and symptoms -284b7 Collecting and recording clinical data relating to refraction and ocular health b7 Reaching a clinical decision and formulating a management plan Contact Lens Clinics Students will carry out a combination of contact lens fitting and aftercare appointments and will gain experience in the following areas: -284b7 Assessing a patient's suitability for contact lens wear -284b7 Collecting and recording clinical data required to fit a variety of soft and rigid contact lenses b7 Recognising common complications of contact lens wear and formulating a management plan to address contact lens related problems Dispensing Clinics Students will carry out a combination of spectacle dispensing and collection appointments and will gain further experience in the following areas: -284b7 Evaluating a patient's prescription to determine the most appropriate frame and lens type -284b7 Collecting and recording clinical data as required to order all types of spectacle lenses b7 Carrying out adjustments and repairs to spectacle frames b7 Spectacle related problem solving Hospital Visits Students will attend a variety of outpatient clinics and theatre sessions at local hospital eye departments, to gain experience in the recognition and management of abnormal ocular conditions Lectures Strategies for fitting complex soft and rigid toric contact lenses Strategies for fitting complex soft and rigid multifocal contact lenses Use of contact lenses in myopia control Use of contact lenses in paediatric eyecare Use of contact lenses in the management of abnormal ocular conditions Use of contact lenses for drug delivery Advanced contact lens complications: recognition and management Tutorials Peer review and discussion of clinical cases

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students should be able to:-1. Determine a patient's presenting symptoms and visual requirements and conduct an appropriate eye examination based on these2. Reach a clinical decision and formulate a management plan to address a patient's presenting symptoms and visual requirements3. Assess a patient's suitability for contact lens wear and fit a variety of standard soft and rigid contact lenses4. Demonstrate an understanding of the design and use of a range of complex soft and rigid contact lenses5.Dispense spectacles of all frame and lens types to any prescription6. Adjust and repair spectacle frames and solve problems related to spectacle wear7. Record clinical data clearly using appropriate manual and computerised systems8. Communicate clinical findings to patients and other healthcare practitioners9. Understand the role of peer discussion and review in continuous professional development

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The bulk of this module is made up of practical clinical experiences. Students will work under the close supervision of optometrists, dispensing opticians and ophthalmologists, and will examine patients who are attending for standard eye examinations, contact lens fitting and aftercare, and spectacle dispensing and collection appointments. Students will keep a detailed log of their clinical experiences and will use this log to reflect on supervisor feedback and on their individual strengths and weaknesses, in order to facilitate independent learning. A series of lectures will cover advanced aspects of contact lens practice and, during tutorial sessions, students will engage in discussion of clinical cases with peers, and will gain further experience of evaluating and using clinical evidence to inform their decisions.

Indicative Reading

Bowling, B. (2015). Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology: A Systematic Approach (8th Ed.). Elsevier. Doshi, S., & Harvey, B. (2005). Assessment and Investigative Techniques. Elsevier. Efron, N. (2012). Contact Lens Complications (3rd Ed.). Elsevier. Efron, N. (2018). Contact Lens Practice (3rd Ed.). Elsevier. Elliott, D.B. (2014). Clinical Procedures in Primary Eye Care (4th ed.). Elsevier. Gasson, A., & Morris, J. (2010). The Contact Lens Manual (4th Ed.). Elsevier. Griffiths, A.I. (2000). Practical Dispensing (3rd Ed). ABDO. Heijl, A., Patella, V.M., & Bengtsson, B. (2012). The Field Analyzer Primer: Effective Perimetry (4th Ed.). Carl Zeiss Meditec. Jalie, M. (2008). Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing (3rd Ed.). Elsevier. Rosenfield, M., & Logan, N. (2009). Optometry: Science, Techniques and Clinical Management (2nd Ed.). Elsevier.

Transferrable Skills

-284b7 The use of manual and automated methods of assessing ocular refraction -284b7 The use of manual and automated methods of ophthalmic investigation b7 The use of manual and computerised record keeping and practice management systems b7 Communication skills b7 Independent learning b7 Ability to evaluate clinical evidence and make clinical decisions based on the available evidence

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 66.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 110.00
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 03 n/a 20.00 35% Class test
Course Work 01 n/a 60.00 35% Practical assessments
Course Work 02 n/a 20.00 35% Logbook and case presentation