Courses Catalogue

Ophthalmology

COURSE CODE: OPT 2205
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Allied Health Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

The course will introduce the student to the concepts of eye care and in particular  diagnosis and management of common ocular conditions. They will be able to appreciate the importance of good vision and the need to prevent avoidable visual impairment and blindness through timely and appropriate intervention as well as good eye health promotion activities.

Course justification
Eye patients account for about 10% of patients presenting at health centers.in Uganda (MOH, 2014). Because of inadequacy of eye specialists and specialist eye centers many of the eye patients do not get the care that they need in time.  As a result many lose their sight which leads to untold misery for themselves and all people close to them.  As nonspecialists they usually handle patients with all sorts of complaints.  It is therefore important for them to graduate with adequate competences to be able to diagnose and manage common eye problems, refer those beyond their competence and to be able to assist communities to develop eye health promotion practices.

Course Aim
The aim of teaching ophthalmology is the enable the learner to acquire knowledge, skill and attitude necessary to manage common ophthalmic conditions.

Course Learning outcomes:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
a)      Demonstrate knowledge of the anatomy of the eye and the physiology of vision.
b)      Describe the human eye as an optical system and understand the principles of common refractive errors and their correction including refractive surgery.
c)      Demonstrate ability to elicit a focused ophthalmic history and perform a basic ocular examination.
d)     Demonstrate ability to correctly perform routine clinical procedures and order appropriate investigations.
e)      Demonstrate ability to participate in the management of the common ophthalmic disorders.
Demonstrate ability properly triage other ocular disease