This course provides didactic and practical teaching on selected advanced topics in speciality contact lense practise, delivered over two weekend modules, combined with one or more short clinical placements (4-6 days total) in practices of optometrisits around Australia who provide speciality contact lens services. Completion of OPTM7104 is pre-requisite for enrolment. Topics covered in the two weekend modules may include: Contact lenses for keratoconus, scleral contact lenses, fitting contact lenses after refractive surgery and keratoplasty, therapeutic contact lenses, contact lens - related microbial keratitis : Microbioloogy and epidemiology, the impact of silicone hydrogels, current hot topics in the contact lense field, current market issues. The specific topics covered will vary from year to year depending on the availability of expert lecturers, the course is conducted over two weekends (15hour modules), plus a 4-6 day clinical placement (s) arrangend at the convinience of the student and host practitiner(s). Clinical placements with school approved practitioners will be organised through the School of Optometry, based on student interest and requirement: students are responsible for travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
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