Profile of the programme
Provide Optometrists with an MSc, qualified for primary vision care and participation in prevention of risk in public health by developing activities directed to prevention, detection, evaluation and compensation and/or functional treatment of visual dysfunctions in specific populations. Acquire knowledge to allow for the comprehension of the working principles and analysis tools of Optometry / Ophthalmology equipments. Promote research and development in the area of Optometry and Vision Sciences.
To fulfill the objectives, theoretical, practical and laboratorial classes are taught and complemented with workshops dedicated to Optometry/Ophthalmology equipments. Essays and oral presentations, written examinations, clinical case analysis, critical analysis of scientific papers, field work and reports are required. Students are prepared for their profession by field work, real clinical case analysis and training period or dissertation
Key learning outcomes
The syllabus of the MSc, in its pedagogical and scientific aspects, is aligned with the model of knowledge and clinical skills expressed in the European Diploma of Optometry of the European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)
This alignment translates into the positioning of the academic offer at level 3B of clinical skills within the scope of optometry practice according to the model of the World Council of Optometry (WCO)
At the end of the course the student should be able to:
(General Learning Outcomes):
- Communicate conclusions, knowledge and respective reasoning, to specialist or non-specialist audiences in a clear way
- Apply his knowledge, comprehension and problem solving capacities in new and non-familiar situations, in broad and multidisciplinary contexts, related to Optometry and Vision Science (OVS) areas
- Demonstrate capacity to integrate knowledge, deal with complex situations, develop solutions or perform judgments in situations with limited or incomplete information, including thought about the implications and ethical and social responsibilities that arise from these solutions and judgments;
- Implement Optometry related methods and techniques in specific populations
- Demonstrate knowledge and clinical skills in the field of OVS in specific populations
- Demonstrate self-learning capacity
- Perform research in the field of OVS
(Specific learning outcomes):
- Understand the physical and mathematical foundations and analysis tools integrated in Optometric/Ophthalmological devices
- Recognize the devices limitations and their effect in ocular physiology
- Identify the anatomical and physiological properties of the eye in specific populations
- Valorise and correlate signs and symptoms and Ophthalmological complementary exams results susceptible of indicating ocular pathology, in order for participation in prevention of risk in public health
- Write patient referral reports to Ophthalmologists and other health professionals. - Perform visual examination techniques to measure or estimate refractive error in specific populations.
- Perform visual examination techniques for evaluation of binocular and accommodative dysfunctions
- Devise the appropriate sequential treatment from case history and optometric analysis
- Give a clear explanation of the available treatment options and discuss them with the patient
- Prescribe, adapt and follow up the compensation, in specific populations, with ophthalmic lenses, prisms and/or contact lenses, other optical aids and functional treatment by visual training. - Understand the effect of compensation means in ocular physiology
- Provide ergonomic advice in order to prevent and solve vision problems in specific populations
- Design and perform visual training programs in order to improve visual skills in sports
- Evaluate the adequacy of ocular protection devices and visual function to the work post
Occupational profiles of graduates
- Occupations in the field of Optometry and vision sciences
- Integration in multidisciplinary teams dedicated to risk prevention in public health
- Consultancy in Optometry/Ophthalmology equipment distribution companies
- Research activities in the domains of Optometry and Vision Sciences
- University teaching positions in the field of Optometry
Library with 2743 m2, with multiple workstations with internet access.
Computer room with 232 m2, equipped with a videoprojector and interactive board, computers with internet access, installed with scientific programs such as SPSS, Matlab and Optical design programs.
Classroom with 65 m2, with videoprojector and anatomical models.
Optometry laboratory with 142 m2, with 5 optometry practices, contrast sensitivity and binocular vision testing, air puff tonometer, 2 low vision kits and several accessories for analysis and visual training.
Contact lenses laboratory with 112 m2, with 1 optometry practice, 4 slit lamps (2 with video systems), radiusgauge, contact lens analyzer, tearscope and several accessories for contact lens practice.
Psychophysics laboratory with 53 m2
Digital systems laboratory with 53 m2
Electronics laboratory with 117 m2