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OPSC5020: Practical Cataract and Refractive Surgery

2023 unit information

This unit of study provides students with the practical experience and knowledge necessary to assess and perform refractive surgery. This is a mentor-based programme with students supervised in a number of clinical and laboratory environments. Emphasis is on pre-operative investigation, surgical skill and post-operative management. Students are required to observe and perform intra- and extra-ocular surgical techniques relevant to refractive surgery. They will rotate through a number of refractive surgical practices and observe refractive surgery taking place using a number of different refractive surgical systems. Students also attend a number of wet lab sessions designed to practise refractive surgical techniques on artificial, animal or human eyes. A logbook of observed and performed surgeries will be kept and used for assessment.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Save Sight Institute

Code OPSC5020
Academic unit Save Sight Institute
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. assess a patient’s suitability for refractive surgery
  • LO2. select the appropriate operation for a particular clinical scenario
  • LO3. recognise and manage routine and complicated postoperative refractive surgical cases
  • LO4. demonstrate a practical understanding of femtosecond lasers
  • LO5. demonstrate an understanding of monovision and apply it to a range of clinical and refractive scenarios
  • LO6. demonstrate a capacity to insert a phakic IOL in a wetlab environment
  • LO7. gain practical experience of PRK in a wetlab environment.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive November 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Intensive November 2021
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive November 2022
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive November 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable

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