SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MMB521440
Module Leader Niall Strang
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
  • A (September start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

UK GOC registration (BSc (Hons) DipOptom / MCOptom) or GOC registration with optometry degree equivalent to BSc (Hons) or Optometric work experience without GOC-registration (non-UK, minimum 2 years) or Other vision-related qualification without GOC registration

Summary of Content

This module is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and up to date knowledge on binocular vision. In particular, clinical signs, symptoms, investigations and treatment options will be covered. Grand rounds (clinic) will provide students with a realistic impression of the difficulties binocular vision problems can cause.


Development of normal binocular vision and the consequences of its abnormal development The nature, investigation and management of motor and sensory adaptations to strabismus Classification and management of concomitant strabismus Characteristics and investigation of incomitant strabismus and its management Introduction to neuro-ophthalmology Paediatric optometry: managing the child patient Amblyopia

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of normal and abnormal binocular vision development2. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the incidence and demographics of binocular vision anomalies3. Identify and classify anomalies of binocular vision 4. Clinically assess and evaluate binocular vision function5. Devise an individual management plan for patients with complex binocular vision problems6. Critically appraise peer-reviewed literature on binocular vision problems7. Critically review new information, concepts and emerging evidence from a range of sources8. Formulate approaches as to how to incorporate evidence into treatment plans

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will consist of a series of clinical lectures and hands-on clinical workshops. Specifically, grand rounds will be used to assess and discuss cases with complex binocular vision problems, that require examination by a BV-specialist (i.e. beyond primary care level). In-depth case discussions and differential diagnosis will be used to encourage students to take a logical step-wise approach to managing such complex cases of oculo-motor problems of the visual system. In order to stimulate collegial but critical discussions, students will be assigned to small tutorial groups. In addition, self-directed learning will be encouraged and additional reading material such as newly published peer-reviewed articles will be made available, e.g. through GCULearn.

Indicative Reading

Ansons and Davies; Diagnosis and Management of Ocular Motility Disorders Evans B J W Pickwell's Binocular Vision Anomalies 4/eButterworth(2002) Barnard S and Edgar D Paediatric Eye Care Blackwell (1996) Daw N W Visual Development (second edition) Plenum Press (2006) Griffin J R and Grisham J D Binocular Anomalies, Diagnosis and Vision Therapy (2002) Leat S J et al Assessing Children's Vision Butterworth(1999) Von Noorden G K Binocular Vision & Ocular Motility 6/eMosby (2002) Butterworth (2004) Harvey W and Gilmartin B Paediatric Optometry Butterworth (2004)

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving Development of a practical and logical approach to the investigation of complex oculo-motor problems of the visual system Critical evaluation of diagnostic and therapeutics approaches Reflection and continuous evaluation of clinical decision-making

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 4.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 40.00
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 0.00 50.00 45% Coursework Assessment
Exam (Dept) 01 2.00 50.00 45% Unseen Written Exam