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Contactology

Code 12525
Year 3
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Optometria
Entry requirements None
Mode of delivery Face-to-Face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes Considering the practical and clinical skills expressed in the European diploma of Optometry, at the end of the course unit, the student should be able to:

- Plan and select the contact lens that best suits a potential user based on preliminary tests and routine.
- Apply the procedures necessary for contact lenses fitting.
- Analyze and describe a contact lens fitting based on their behaviour.
- Provide and apply solutions to improve the adaptation of contact lenses.
- Select the most appropriate maintenance system according to the type and utilization schema of contact lenses.
- Plan and apply the several control and review procedures for contact lenses.
- Discuss possible alternatives to the use of contact lenses.
- Identify the physiological changes and ocular pathologies induced by contact lens wear.
Syllabus Theoretical classes: 1-Anterior Segment of the Eye Anatomy of the Anterior Segment of the Eye Physiology of the Anterior Segment of the eye Corneal Topography 2-Introduction to Contact Lenses Materials for Contact Lenses Contact Lens Optics RGP Contact Lens Design Soft Contact Lenses Design 3-Fitting Contact Lenses Fitting RGP Contact Lenses Fitting Soft and Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses Fitting Toric Soft Contact Lenses 4-Maintenance and Care of Contact Lenses Contamination and deposits in contact lenses Properties of Contact Lens Maintenance Products Maintenance Systems for RGP and Soft Contact Lenses 5-The Cornea and the Use of Contact Lenses Corneal pathologies induced by contact lenses
Main Bibliography - Philips, A. J.; Speedwell, L.; (2018) Contact Lenses, 6th ed., Elsevier.
- Bennett, E.S., Henry, V. A. (2019). Clinical Manual of Contact Lenses (5th edition) Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
- Efron, N. (2016) Contact lens practice, 3th ed.,Elsevier.
- Efron, N. (2018) Contact lens complications, 4th ed., Elsevier.
- Remington, L. A.; (2005) Clinical Anatomy of the Visual System, (2nd edition), Elsevier- Butterworth Heineman.

- Base de dados b-On, PubMed & ScienceDirect
- BCLA Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) (April 2021)
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The curricular unit includes theoretical and laboratory classes. The theoretical classes are organized by combining two teaching methodologies: - lectures and presentation and discussion of clinical cases by the students in a self-study environment. The laboratory classes are structured in two moments: the first dedicated to a small briefing for consolidation of practical contents, using audiovisual supports (videos, photos and on-site example), and the second for developing practical and clinical skills, according European Diploma in Optometry, through the performance of procedures inherent to selecting, fitting, and deciding in potential users of contact lenses. The evaluation of knowledge includes two components: Theoretical assessment (60%), which includes 2 written tests and practical laboratory assessment (40%), which includes 2 written tests of clinical cases and 2 practical tests.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-06-11

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