Successful students can demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of physiology relevant to the practise of ophthalmology. Particular emphasis is placed on the organisation, function, mechanism of action, regulation and adaptation of relevant structures and their component parts. Students are also expected to have an understanding of the maturation and normal ageing changes of the human eye. They must have a thorough understanding of the methods used to measure the activity of relevant physiological processes such as intraocular pressure, retinal electrical activity and visual acuity. The advanced material covered provides the students with an opportunity to explore the subject in depth which fullfills the requirements for a post-graduate level qualification. On completion of this unit of study, students are able to describe the normal physiological functioning of the human eye and nervous system and the principal physiological laws and phenomena that apply to these systems. They can also describe how these physiological processes are measured and the limitations of such tests.
2 x 2500 word assignments (30%), presentation (15%), online journal club (10%) and 1x3hr exam (45%)
Prescribed texts: Levin, Leonard A., et al. Adler's Physiology of the Eye. 11th ed., Saunders/Elsevier, 2011.; Ganong, William F. Review of Medical Physiology. 22nd ed., McGraw-Hill Medical, 2005. Additional texts: Skalicky, Simon E. Ocular and Visual Physiology: Clinical Application. 1st ed. 2015, Springer Singapore, 2016, doi:10.1007/978-981-287-846-5.; Whikehart, David R. Biochemistry of the Eye . 2nd ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, 2003.; Coster, Douglas J. Physics for Ophthalmologists . Churchill Livingstone, 1994.; Forrester, John V. The Eye: Basic Sciences in Practice . 3rd ed., Saunders, 2008.; Duane, Thomas David., et al. Duane's Ophthalmology on DVD-ROM . 2012 ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.; Leigh, R. John, and Zee, David S. The Neurology of Eye Movements . 5 ed., Oxford University Press, 2015.
Undergraduate knowledge of basic human cell and organ physiology