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Introduction to Vision Sciences

Code 12493
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Optometria
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes The goals of this discipline are: to identify the role of the optometrist in his professional environment, to discuss the professional ethical issues, to apply the geometrical optics principles to the optics of the human eye and its refractive status examination. This course unit is intended to act as a Foundation for latter courses such as Dispensing Optics, Optical Systems and all the other Optometry specific courses. The student should be able to: clearly identify the role of the optometrist in a primary eye care context, understand the ethical issues associated with his profession and perform several clinical refraction procedures such as ophthalmoscopy, slit-lamp examination, and trial frame and phoropter fitting.
Syllabus Theoretical-practical program:
1. Geometrical optics review.
2. The eye’s optical system.
3. Spherical refractive errors.
4. Astigmatic lenses.
5. Astigmatism refractive errors.
6. Topics in Optometry and Vision Science.

Laboratory program:
1. Trial case and trial frame fitting.
2. Optical Bench experiments.
3. Optotype projector.
4. Phoropter fitting.
5. Interpupillary distance measurement.
6. Ophthalmoscope.
7. Slit-lamp examination.
Main Bibliography - Clinical Visual Optics, 4th Ed., R.B. Rabbetts, Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier, 2007
- Óptica Geométrica Ocular, Mário Pereira, Servicos Gráficos UBI, 2010
- Fundamentals of Optics, 4th Ed., F.A.Jenkins, H.E.White, McGraw-Hill, 2001.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods The sessions are of theoretical and practical nature and are based on two strands of education: (i) presentation and discussion classes; seminars in Optometry. (ii) Laboratory sessions. The teaching methodology of the discipline seeks the active participation of the students in the learning process. The theoretical-practical component aims at providing the student the necessary analytical methods to understand the visual system, as well as the correction of refractive errors. Lab lessons start with simple experiments that are used to reinforce the theoretical concepts considered. Team work and practice of clinical skills among colleagues is encouraged as a way of developing the communication skills and manual dexterity necessary throughout professional life.
Metodologias de Ensino e Critérios de Avaliação A classificação durante o período de ensino e aprendizagem é determinada pela seguinte expressão:

CEA= 0,65 TE + 0,35 TR,

onde TE corresponde à classificação obtida no teste teórico a realizar no final do semestre e TR corresponde à classificação obtida no trabalho final e que é determinada de acordo com a seguinte expressão:

TR = 0,5 TRescrito + 0,5 APRoral

onde, TRescrito corresponde à classificação da componente escrita do trabalho e APRoral à classificação obtida na apresentação oral do trabalho final.

Outros Critérios de Avaliação:
- Obrigatoriedade de realização do trabalho final e respetiva apresentação oral.
- Assinatura do documento do sigilo do estudante de optometria.

A classificaçãode exame é igual à de ensino-aprendizagem, sendo o teste teórico o exame.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2016-06-09

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