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OPSC5003: Ophthalmic Optics

Successful students can demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of optics relevant to the practise of ophthalmology. Particular emphasis is placed on physical, geometrical, physiological and instrument optics. The advanced material covered provides the students with an opportunity to explore the subject in depth which fulfills the requirements for a post-graduate level qualification. On completion of this unit of study, students can describe the physical properties of light and lasers with particular reference to their interaction with the eye and instruments. They are able to describe the geometrical principles of light and the laws governing the interaction of light with materials. Students can outline the optical properties, limitations and image formation of common ophthalmic instruments and the design aspects that improve image quality. They can describe the physiological optics of the human eye, how it is evaluated and the normal changes of accommodation with age. They will understand the uses of optical instruments and can describe the process of objective and subjective refraction and how this impacts prescription of spectacles, contact lenses or the surgical management of ametropia.

Code OPSC5003
Academic unit Save Sight Institute
Credit points 9
Prerequisites:
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OPSC5001
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None
Assumed knowledge:
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Undergraduate knowledge of physics relating to light and optics

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the physical properties of light and lasers especially with reference to their interaction with the eye and instruments
  • LO2. describe the geometrical principles of light and the laws governing light’s interaction with materials
  • LO3. outline the optical properties, limitations and image formation of common ophthalmic instruments and the design aspects that improve image quality
  • LO4. describe the physiological optics of the human eye and how it is evaluated and the normal changes of accommodation with age. In particular the use of optical instruments for this purpose
  • LO5. describe the process of objective and subjective refraction and how this impacts prescription of spectacles, contact lenses or surgical management of ametropia.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.