MS in Optics & Optometry

The Graduate Division of the FHS offers Master of Science (M.S.) degrees. The main areas of instruction are in Biotechnology, Bio-analytical Toxicology and Optics and Optometry. The Biotechnology program has two tracks: DNA Technologies and Forensic Science. Offered courses include basic biology and chemistry to advanced clinical molecular genetics band Forensics.

The Ministry of Higher Education authorized the American University of Science and Technology to establish the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) in accordance with the file presented to the Council of Higher Education as per decree number 677 dated August 30, 2007. This was later followed by the permit to start teaching in the majors of Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) and Optics and Optometry (OAO).

 

 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (36 credits)
CORE SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
OAO 501 Advanced Physiological Optics NONE
3
OAO 510 Advanced Contact Lenses NONE
3
OAO 520 Advanced Optometry NONE
3
OAO 540 Ocular Pharmacology OAO 520
3
OAO 550 Seminars in Optometry NONE
1
OAO 560 Advanced Binocular Vision NONE
3
OAO 570 Low Vision NONE
2
OAO 590 Writing a research proposal Approval of Advisor
1
CORE CLINICAL REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
OAO 565 Biostatistics & Epidemiology NONE
3
OAO 580 Pediatric Optometry NONE
3
OAO501L Clinical Physiological Optics Lab OAO 501
3
OAO510L Clinical Contact Lenses I Lab OAO 510
3
OAO511L Clinical Contact Lenses II Lab OAO 511
3
OAO520L Clinical Optometry Lab OAO 520
3
RESEARCH THESIS REQUIREMENTS (3 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
OAO 598 Research Project Approval of Advisor
3
OAO 599 Master's Thesis Approval of thesis supervisor
6
Course Descriptions
OAO 501
Advanced Physiological Optics

Continuation of Physiological Optics I, this course covers the visual perception of color vision and their abnormalities, the visual field, contrast sensitivity, ocular electrophysiological tests, principles of fluorescein angiography, and ultrasonography.

Prerequisite: NONE
OAO 510
Advanced Contact Lenses

Continuation of Contact Lenses I, this course covers the topics concerning the soft contact lens fitting, toric contact lens fitting and contact lens solutions. The student will be able, by the end of this course, to fit soft spherical and toric contact lenses, take care of a contact lens wearer and deliver the right contact lens solution for lenses care and maintenance.

Prerequisite: NONE
OAO 520
Advanced Optometry

Refractive Errors, Anisometropia, Aphakia, Pseudophakia, post-surgical Visual Management of different Refractive Problems in Adulthood including common Impairments and Visual Ergonomics. This course covers also Principles of Management of Binocular Vision Anomalies by Visual Therapy as well as Pharmacological and Surgical Treatment.

Prerequisite: NONE
OAO 540
Ocular Pharmacology

This course covers the practical use of binocular vision tests and exams to perform a routine binocular vision exam and detect any abnormality concerning convergence, divergence, ocular motility, stereoscopy and three dimensional vision.

Prerequisite: OAO 520
OAO 550
Seminars in Optometry

The goal of this course is to enable graduates to recognize, critically analyze and resolve the ethical issues that may arise in the practice of optometry. It will enable also the students to deal with new emerging ethical issues. In addition, the moral basis of the contract between health care professionals, their patients, and society is clearly drawn.

Prerequisite: NONE
OAO 560
Advanced Binocular Vision

This course aims to provide the students with advanced knowledge in the areas of binocular vision and pediatrics. Topics covered will include clinical cases involving amyblyopia, strabismus, infants, and vision therapy among others.  Application and Integration of case presentations, projects and lecture. The student will be able to by the end of this course have an enhanced understanding of how to diagnose and treat patients with these disorders upon completion of the course.

Prerequisite: NONE
OAO 570
Low Vision

This course aims to provide the students with the knowledge in the areas of "low vision" and "legal blindness." Topics will cover the goal of low vision care. Applications of how visual acuity, visual field and contrast sensitivity contribute to sight. Discussion topics will include vision rehabilitation and working with people who have partial sight or who are blind. This course explains important concepts and elements in the field of vision rehabilitation and defines key terms related to vision and vision loss. 

This course gives information on spectacles, hand and stand magnifiers, and the use of CCTVs. Optical concepts are illustrated provided for assisting patients on how to use optical devices, and telescopes for distance tasks.

Prerequisite: NONE
OAO 590
Writing a research proposal

The student selects a project of choice from a list of projects determined by a faculty member in a selected area of interest. The student should plan, write a proposal and submit a written report, present and defend the proposal. Laboratory experiments are not required.

Prerequisite: Approval of Advisor
OAO 565
Biostatistics & Epidemiology

This is an advanced course in the applications of biostatistics and epidemiology into research projects. The goal is to present latest research statistical methodology useful in analyzing biomedical data. The course covers both theory and applications in the form of problem solving and applications on current research projects in Biotechnology and Bio-analytical toxicology.

Prerequisite: NONE
OAO 580
Pediatric Optometry

This course aims to provide the students with advanced knowledge in the area of pediatric optometry. Topics covered will include; conducting a pediatric exam, eye charts for infants and children, streamlining and tailoring pediatric exams. Clinical cases will shed light on pediatric conditions, and diseases. Application and intepration of case presentation, projects and lecture. The student will be able to have an enhanced understanding of the pediatric patient upon completion of this course.

Prerequisite: NONE
OAO501L
Clinical Physiological Optics Lab

Application and integration of theory and technical skills in: color vision tests, visual field, contrast sensitivity, ocular electrophysiological tests, interpretation of fluorescein angiography results and analysis of ultrasonography results.

Prerequisite: OAO 501
OAO510L
Clinical Contact Lenses I Lab

Application and integration of theory and technical skills in: fitting soft spherical and toric contact lenses, manipulation and use of different types of contact lens solutions.

Prerequisite: OAO 510
OAO511L
Clinical Contact Lenses II Lab

Application and integration of theory and technical skills in: fitting rigid gas permeable contact lenses, semi-soft and semi-hard contact lenses, piggy-back technique, reverse geometry contact lenses, bifocal contact lenses, special contact lenses for children as well as the recognition of contact lens complications.

Prerequisite: OAO 511
OAO520L
Clinical Optometry Lab

Evaluation by the Student of Adult Patients Refraction, with history taking, basic Refractive Examination, different control tests.

Prerequisite: OAO 520
OAO 598
Research Project

Each graduate student is required to perform, under the supervision of a faculty member, fieldwork related to the establishment, management and marketing of optics and optometric facilities. Students will submit in writing and present their findings to a graduate committee.

Prerequisite: Approval of Advisor
OAO 599
Master's Thesis
Research under the guidance of a faculty member of the faculty of Health Science in a selected area. The student should submit a written report and present and defend his/her project.
Prerequisite: Approval of thesis supervisor

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