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Ocular Pharmacology (10409.1)

Level: Advanced Unit Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Optometry


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  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (189913) - View

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This unit will provide students with the knowledge and understanding of ocular pharmacology and the effects that drug interactions have on different ocular and visual systems.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Select appropriate ocular pharmaceutical agents for cycloplegia, mydriasis, and topical anaesthesia;

2. Choose appropriate topical and oral medications to treat allergic, inflammatory and infectious eye diseases based on pathophysiological mechanisms, best available research evidence and patient preference;

3. Select appropriate topical medications for the treatment of glaucoma;

4. Accurately write an ocular therapeutic prescription; and

5. Instruct patients on the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological topical medications including providing accurate information on the dose, frequency, timing, methods of installation and hygiene associated with ocular agents.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Four hours per week, consisting of 2 hour lecture and 2 hour tutorial/practical.


10285 Ocular Anatomy and Physiology AND
10293 Pharmacology for Health Professionals



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