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MFM1019 - Ophthalmology

8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.1666667 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr M Favilla


Clayton First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)


This unit covers the following topics; revision of anatomy, framework for diagnosis, conjunctivitis and the red eye, lids, orbit and lacrimal gland - common problems, systematic and retino vascular disease affecting the eye - diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma, paediatric ophthalmology, ocular emergencies including management of ocular trauma, visual impairment including social issues, infectious diseases including HIV manifestations, neuro ophthalmology, John Colvin's golden eye rules and new developments.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Recognise the prevalence of ocular problems in their own practice and in the community at large, including the burden of illness and suffering they cause;
  2. Demonstrate enhanced ability to recognise and diagnose a range of common ocular problems;
  3. Use newly acquired skills in managing most ocular problems, including appropriate referral as a management strategy;
  4. Recognise the importance of referral as a learning process;
  5. Integrate ophthalmological assessment in the management of patients with a range of chronic conditions;
  6. Recognise the importance of optometrical problems like refractive errors in the day to day management of ocular problems, and understand the important role played by optometrists;
  7. Recognise recent developments occurring in ophthalmology, such as in photo refractive keratectomy for refractive errors, new laser techniques, and improved surgical techniques in cataract surgery, leading to the development of day-case cataract surgery;
  8. Offer optimal care to the visually impaired by having an understanding of the impact of visual loss and knowing how to access local services available for the visually impaired.


Journals (70%), Clinical Audit (30%)

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