SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MMB524504
Module Leader Eilidh Martin
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module is designed to provide a sound knowledge of the pharmacology of ocular therapeutic drugs, the clinical features and management options for anterior eye disease, drugs used in the treatment of eye disease and the potential impact of medications on the eye and vision.


Anatomy and physiology of the eye and adnexa General and ocular immunology & allergies General and ocular microbiology Principles of pharmacology Ocular pharmacology and therapeutics Disorders of the anterior eye: pathogenesis, clinical features, investigation, differential diagnosis and management Clinical assessment of tear film Management of dry eye disease Diagnosis and management of lid margin disease Diagnosis and management of allergic eye disease Diagnosis and management of conjuctival eye disease Practical and theoretical aspects of lacrimal syringing Diagnosis and management of corneal trauma and general ocular first aid Prescription writing

Learning Outcomes

Following successful completion of this module, the students should be able to:-1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the eye and adnexa2. Evaluate the principal signs and symptoms likely to be associated with various types of eye disease and to conduct appropriate ophthalmic investigations3. Recognise the presence of ocular abnormalities and eye disease, make a differential diagnosis and make decisions on the appropriate management strategies, including non-pharmacological & pharmacological treatment, shared management and referral.4. Apply knowledge of the theory and practice relating to the expected occurrence (epidemiology), the underlying disease processes (pathology) and their treatment (therapeutics or surgical intervention) as relevant to abnormal ocular conditions5. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of ocular therapeutic drugsUnderstand the principles of the Medicines Act and the principles of access to medicines, including the prescribing of medicines for human use6. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of relevant clinical guidelines and shows the ability to apply these appropriately.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will comprise of a two day session of lectures and practicals. The remainder of the module will employ a distance learning format with directed learning . Students will be provided with a series of articles and online resources . Continuous formative assessments will be on all reading material to facilitate learning and consolidate successful acquisition of learning outcomes. Additional learning modalities may include recorded lectures, webinars and interactive on-line discussion forums

Indicative Reading

Required reading : Module articles College of Optometrist Clinical Management Guidelines Supplementary reading : References in Module Articles Alastair Denniston, Oxford Handbook of Ophthalmology, 3rd Edition, 2014, OUP Oxford Timothy L Jackson, Moorfield's Manual of Ophthalmology, 2nd Edition, 2014, JP Medical Ltd Brad Bowling, Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology: A Systematic Approach, 8th Edition, 2015, Butterworth-Heinemann, London Doughty MJ. Drugs, medications and the Eye (current edition), Smawcastellane Information Services, Scotland. Hopkins & Pearson, Ophthalmic drugs: Diagnostic and therapeutic uses, 2007, Butterworth and Heinemann Duncan Richards, Oxford Handbook of Practical Drug Therapy, 2nd Edition, 2011, OUP Oxford Thirmurthy Velpandian, Pharmacology of Ocular Therapeutics, 2016, Adis UK Monthly Index of Medical Specialities (MIMS), (current edition) British National Formulary (BNF), (current edition) Royal College of Ophthalmologists Clinical Guidelines Scottish Intercollegiate Network (SIGN) guidelines relevant to ocular conditions National Institute for Health and Care Excellence(NICE) clinical guidelines relevant to ocular conditions

Transferrable Skills

Ability to communicate with patients and other health care providers Ability to conduct a structured examination Ability to formulate and test clinical hypotheses Ability to interpret clinical data to aid decision making Ability to develop a management plan within the context of evidence based practice Ability to critically evaluate clinical evidence Ability to reflect on all aspects of patient-practitioner interaction

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FDL) 6.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 164.00
Assessment (FDL) 20.00
Lectures (FDL) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 25.00 45% Case Records
Exam 01 2.00 75.00 45% Unsen written exam paper