Optics & Optometry

The Optometry program prepares students to become primary eye care professionals by exposing them to the theoretical foundations and practical skills involved in the various disciplines of opticianry and optometry.

An Optometrist is a primary eye care professional, trained to examine, detect and correct the refractive errors by spectacles, contact lenses, and low vision devices. The optician-optometrist can perform vision therapy eye exercises to patients complaining of visual symptoms as per referral by an ophthalmologist.

Importance of Optics and Optometry practice has grown with availability of new ophthalmic modes of treatment and optical products manufactured by latest technology.

The program is designed to provide a higher educational knowledge in Optometry to meet the European and International standards in the profession. It offers education and clinical training for Optometrists to practice at the highest level of proficiency, integrity and professionalism.

For these highly trained and skilled Optometrists, career opportunities are almost limitless. They may be recruited to practice in hospitals, clinics and ophthalmologic centers as ophthalmic assistants.

The Specialty program in Optometry allows the specialist to become an optometrist. The optometrist can practice refraction, fit contact lenses, perform paramedical visual tests, deliver and control all types of visual devices designed to correct the refractive errors.



TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (15 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
OPT 510 Advanced Contact Lenses I OPT 450 & OPT450L
3
OPT 520 Advanced Optometry I BIO 420
3
OPT 530 Ocular Pathology BIO 420
3
OPT 540 Ocular Pharmacology OPT 450
2
OPT 550 Pediatric Optometry OPT 520
3
Course Descriptions
OPT 510
Advanced 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. In addition, the course will cover the rigid gas permeable lens fitting, keratoconus fitting, children fitting, orthokeratology, bifocal contact lenses, post-graft and post refractive surgery fitting and contact lens complications. The student will be able, by the end of this course, to deal and fit special cases in contact lenses, diagnose contact lens complications and refer complicated cases for ophthalmological treatment.
Prerequisite: OPT 450 & OPT450L
OPT 520
Advanced Optometry I
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. In addition, this course covers Basic Principles and Concepts of Clinical Pediatric Optometry as well as Refractive Problems and their Management in Childhood. Additionally, Principles and Practice of Low Vision Assessment will be discussed on Optical and Clinical basis.
Prerequisite: BIO 420
OPT 530
Ocular Pathology
This course is designed to provide the student with instructions in diseases that affect the eye: Orbit, eyeball, eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, sclera, retina, Aqueous humor, vitreous and crystalline lens.
Prerequisite: BIO 420
OPT 540
Ocular Pharmacology
This course includes basic understanding of the types of drugs used in ophthalmic and optometric practice. There will be emphasis on selection and use of diagnostic pharmaceutical agents.
Prerequisite: OPT 450
OPT 550
Pediatric Optometry
This course covers the different aspects concerning the eye care for children. It includes full coverage of the embryology and early anatomical and functional development of the child’s visual system in addition to a detailed knowledge about the approach to children and the different techniques for examination at different ages. It is also emphasizes the differences between adults and children in all aspects of eye care including different diagnostic techniques, diseases and different therapeutics.. Two credits which are equal to 30 contact hours will be for the theoretical aspect of the course. One credit, which is equal to 30 contact hours will be for the practical aspect and shall be conducted at the laboratory or a clinic.
Prerequisite: OPT 520

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