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OPHT803 Ophthalmic Optics

The application of the principles of physical, geometric, physiological optics and ultrasonography to current and future ophthalmic clinical practice, including instruments which facilitate the examination of the human eye and the detection of abnormalities that may degrade image formation in the human eye.

The Department of Medicine offers the Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (PGDipOphthBS), taught in conjunction with the University of Sydney. This consists of four 30-point papers, which can be taken full-time over a year or part-time up to five years. This diploma is intended for medical graduates with at least two years' experience who are either wishing to embark on a career in ophthalmology or in a recognised training programme and wish to enhance their understanding of the ophthalmic basic sciences. The diploma is based on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists' curriculum, which has been extended to include clinical correlations where appropriate.

Paper title Ophthalmic Optics
Paper code OPHT803
Subject Ophthalmology
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (6 March 2017 - 1 July 2017), 2nd Non standard period (31 July 2017 - 25 November 2017)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,692.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,125.00

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Restriction
OPHX 803
Limited to
PGDipOphthBS
Paper Structure
Interactive learning through OceanBrowser, with marks given for contribution

Assignments and presentation required, with one 3-hour examination

This paper is a compulsory unit of study for students undertaking either the Master of Medicine, Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) or the Graduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Science. The other units of study that students are required to complete are
  • Ophthalmic Anatomy
  • Ophthalmic Physiology
  • Practical Ophthalmic Science
A website for this unit exists at http://ob3.oceanbrowser.com/. This site should be consulted regularly as course announcements will be posted there. Results and other important information will be emailed to students.
Contact
Application enquiries to: Dr Sarah Soper sarah.soper@otago.ac.nz
Dr Logan Mitchell, Academic Co-ordinator logan.mitchell@otago.ac.nz
Eligibility
Every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma shall
  • Hold an appropriate degree in medicine approved by the Board of the Faculty of Medicine, and
  • Be registered for medical practice in the country in which the course is being taught or have an exemption from this requirement from the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, and
  • Present evidence of ability for advanced-level academic study
The course of study comprises five papers:
  • OPHT 801 Ophthalmic Anatomy (30 points)
  • OPHT 802 Ophthalmic Physiology (30 points)
  • OPHT 803 Ophthalmic Optics (30 points)
  • OPHT 804 Practical Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (30 points)
  • OPHT 805 Ocular Genetics (30 points)
You need 120 points (ie four papers) to gain the diploma.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinators:
Dr Con Petsoglou
Associate Professor Gordon Sanderson (Optics)
Dr Logan Mitchell (Physiology)
Dr Richard Gardner (Anatomy)
Dr Andrea Vincent (Genetics)

Other practising ophthalmologists with a particular interest in basic sciences have been selected from throughout Australasia to teach on this course.
Teaching Arrangements
Three of the papers are offered through Distance Learning using web-based teaching, CDs and interactive tutorials via the Forum. The lectures are available via the Oceanbrowser/University of Sydney website, in which you will be enrolled. The fourth centres around a three-week residential course in Dunedin. OPHT 801, OPHT 802 and OPHT 803 will be examined by way of
  • Three assignments 40%
  • Participation in the online tutorial forum 10%
  • Exemplar assignment activity 5%
  • Written examination 45%
The examination will be held at the end of the semester in which the paper has been taught. All examinations are conducted under the regulations of the University of Otago.

OPHT 804 centres around a three-week on-campus programme run in Dunedin and Sydney and will be examined by objective practical supervised examinations (OPSE). Dates for Dunedin (June/July) to be confirmed.
Textbooks
Some are reference texts and are expensive. It is suggested that the student should consult local hospital and medical school libraries to see if any of the recommended texts are available. Online university library facilities are also available. It is also suggested that online bookstores may be able to provide the texts at a cheaper price than local bookstores (beware of security issues). Have a look in local second-hand university bookstores or ask local previous candidates (or ophthalmology registrars) if they wish to "part" with their "pre-loved" texts (if they allow it, we may be able to provide you contact details).The lectures will reference relevant texts and will provide additional relevant material (copyright allowing).

Prescribed texts:
  • Clinical Optics AR Elkington and HJ Frank, Blackwell Science, 3rd Ed, 2000
  • Optics, Refraction and Contact Lenses, Basic and Clinical Science Course, American Academy Ophthalmology, 2013
Additional texts:
  • Optics MH Freeman, Butterworths-Heinemann Medical; 10th Ed, 1990
  • Optics for Clinicians M Rubin, Triad Publishing, 3rd Ed, 1993
  • Physics for Ophthalmologists DJ Coster 1st Ed 1994
  • Optics Workbook online
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of optics of relevance to the practice of ophthalmology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the topics of physical, geometrical, physiological and instrument optics. Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Describe the physical properties of light and lasers, especially in reference to its interaction with the eye and instruments
  • Describe the geometrical principles of light and the laws governing lights interaction with materials
  • Describe the physiological optics of the human eye and how it is evaluated, in particular with reference to optical instruments
  • Outline the optical properties, limitations and image formation of common ophthalmic instruments and the design aspects that improve image quality
  • Describe the process of objective and subjective refraction and the changes of accommodation with age and how this impacts prescription of spectacles, contact lenses or surgical management of ammetropia

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (6 March 2017 - 1 July 2017)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
OceanBrowser

2nd Non standard period (31 July 2017 - 25 November 2017)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
OceanBrowser

The application of the principles of physical, geometric, physiological optics and ultrasonography to current and future ophthalmic clinical practice, including instruments which facilitate the examination of the human eye and the detection of abnormalities that may degrade image formation in the human eye.

The Department of Medicine offers the Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (PGDipOphthBS), taught in conjunction with the University of Sydney. This consists of four 30-point papers, which can be taken full time over a year or part time up to five years. This diploma is intended for medical graduates with at least two years' experience who are either wishing to embark on a career in ophthalmology or in a recognised training programme and wish to enhance their understanding of the ophthalmic basic sciences. The diploma is based on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists' curriculum, which has been extended to include clinical correlations where appropriate.

Paper title Ophthalmic Optics
Paper code OPHT803
Subject Ophthalmology
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (5 March 2018 - 8 June 2018), 2nd Non standard period (30 July 2018 - 2 November 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
OPHX 803
Limited to
PGDipOphthBS
Eligibility
Must be admitted to the PGDipOphthBS or a Certificate of Proficiency.
Contact
Application enquiries to:
Postgraduate Administrator postgradadmin.medicine@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinators:
Dr Con Petsoglou
Associate Professor Gordon Sanderson (Optics)
Dr Logan Mitchell (Physiology)
Dr Richard Gardner (Anatomy)
Dr Andrea Vincent (Genetics)

Other practising ophthalmologists with a particular interest in basic sciences have been selected from throughout Australasia to teach on this course.
Paper Structure
This paper will be assessed by way of
  • Three assignments 40%
  • Participation in the online tutorial forum 10%
  • Exemplar assignment activity 5%
  • Written examination 45%
The examination will be held at the end of the semester in which the paper has been taught. All examinations are conducted under the regulations of the University of Otago.
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is offered through Distance Learning using web-based teaching and interactive online tutorials. The lectures are available via the Oceanbrowser/University of Sydney Blackboard website, in which you will be enrolled.
Textbooks
Some are reference texts and are expensive. It is suggested that the student should consult local hospital and medical school libraries to see if any of the recommended texts are available. Online university library facilities are also available. It is also suggested that online bookstores may be able to provide the texts at a cheaper price than local bookstores (beware of security issues). Have a look in local second-hand university bookstores or ask local previous candidates (or ophthalmology registrars) if they wish to part with their pre-loved texts (if they allow it, we may be able to provide you contact details).The lectures will reference relevant texts and will provide additional relevant material (copyright allowing).

Prescribed texts:
  • Clinical Optics AR Elkington and HJ Frank, Blackwell Science, 3rd Ed, 2000
  • Optics, Refraction and Contact Lenses, Basic and Clinical Science Course, American Academy Ophthalmology, 2013
Additional texts:
  • Optics MH Freeman, Butterworths-Heinemann Medical; 10th Ed, 1990
  • Optics for Clinicians M Rubin, Triad Publishing, 3rd Ed, 1993
  • Physics for Ophthalmologists DJ Coster 1st Ed 1994
  • Optics Workbook online
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of optics of relevance to the practice of ophthalmology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the topics of physical, geometrical, physiological and instrument optics. Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Describe the physical properties of light and lasers, especially in reference to its interaction with the eye and instruments
  • Describe the geometrical principles of light and the laws governing lights interaction with materials
  • Describe the physiological optics of the human eye and how it is evaluated, in particular with reference to optical instruments
  • Outline the optical properties, limitations and image formation of common ophthalmic instruments and the design aspects that improve image quality
  • Describe the process of objective and subjective refraction and the changes of accommodation with age and how this impacts prescription of spectacles, contact lenses or surgical management of ammetropia

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (5 March 2018 - 8 June 2018)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
OceanBrowser

2nd Non standard period (30 July 2018 - 2 November 2018)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
OceanBrowser