Aims/Description: To develop an awareness of the clinical characteristics of refractive errors, and their effect on vision, and to use objective and subjective methods of refracting patients. To consider the nature of clour vision, low vision aids, illumination and the spectral sensitivity of the human eye. This understanding is related to the clinical content of the course, in order to enhance the role of the orthoptist within a multi-disciplinary team.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to students on B.Med.Sci (Orthoptics) programme

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Laboratory work
Assessment: Formal Exam, Project/ portfolio

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