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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2015-16

The main objective is the future graduate was able to apply sinergically the applied and theoretical knowledge acquired about Optics and Optometry along his/her degree for indentifying and analyse environmental and occupational hazards causing eye health problems or visual impairment (low visual performance). In this way, with an integral approach of the degree, the future graduate will can take right decisions, from interdisciplinar and health legislation, in each specific case to prescript a treatment for recovering visual function, or improving visual performance.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

Specific competences (CE):>>Module 1: basic competences

  • CES22 : Understand the psychological factors of the relationship between the optician optometrist and the patient.


Specific competences (CE):>>Module 2: optics competences

  • CES32 : Understand the fundamentals and laws of radiometrics and photometrics.


Specific competences (CE):>>Module 3: vision system pathology competences

  • CES40 : Understand the properties and functions of the different elements making up the visual system.
  • CES49 : Detect and evaluate the main ophthalmological disorders to refer patients to the ophthalmologist for study and treatment.
  • CES51 : Understand the epidemiological models of the main visual pathologies.
  • CES52 : Understand and apply health education techniques to the main generic ocular health problems. Understand the principles of sickness and health.
  • CES53 : Understand the manifestations of the pathological processes and mechanisms involved in producing the main human illnesses.


Specific competences (CE):>>Module 4: optometry competences

  • CES54 : Develop communication, data recording and clinical history preparation skills.
  • CES59 : Understand the sensorial and oculomotor mechanisms of binocular vision.
  • CES61 : Ability to prescribe, control and monitor optical corrections.
  • CES71 : Apply controlled corneal topography modification techniques using contact lenses.
  • CES73 : Adapt contact lenses and ocular prostheses to improve vision and the external appearance of the eye.
  • CES74 : Understand the function of the retina as a receptor of radiant energy.
  • CES76 : Understand the modifications in perceptive processes associated with aging.
  • CES82 : Understand and apply visual screening techniques applied to different populations.
  • CES84 : Understand the legal and psychosocial aspects of the profession.
  • CES85 : Capacity to act as a primary visual care agent.
  • CES86 : Understand the legal and psychosocial aspects of the profession.
  • CES87 : Understand the foundations and techniques of health care education and the main generic health care programmes to which optometrists should contribute from their field of activity.


Specific competences (CE):>>Module 5: final project and work experience competences

  • CES91 : Apply the technique for fitting visual corrections and compensations to glasses and the possible fine-tuning of contact lenses.
  • CES92 : Make contact with the commercialisation of products, their supply, storage, conservation and information.
  • CES94 : Understand the different protocols for patient-related action.
  • CES95 : Understand the indications and procedure for carrying out and interpreting the complementary tests needed for vision consultations.
  • CES96 : Carry out the patient care protocol in the optometric clinic/surgery.
  • CES97 : Write a medical history adapted to the profile of the patient.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2015-16

Understand the link among the three pillars of ergonomics (user-task-environment) and its implmentation in Vision Sciences.

Know and apply different types of protocols for doing a right clinical history according to the patient profile and its context (workplace, free activities, etc).

Know the functional limits of human vision and its relationship with age, as well as at occupational contexts and free activities, linking with the task visibility factors.

Acquiere ability for examining, give diagnosis, and manage visual anomalies, with special relevance in the differential diagnosis related with occupational and free activity context.

Evaluate eye hazards in occupational or free-time activities under radiant energy exposures, as well as continous spectrum light sources or laser, and understand the fundamentals of radiometric control for avoiding eye injuries.

Identify and analyse environmental and occupational hazards causing eye injuries (mechanic, chemical, electric, etc)

Acquiere ability for evaluating the visual performance of any patient and propose the most right treatment (advices, optical prescription, environment design, visual therapy, etc). Design a general scheme of an visual and eye prevention programme for any type of company.

Know the fundamentals and techniques in health education and the main general programmes of monitoring of visual health where the optometrist should contribute from a collaborative approach with other health professionals, in order to the optometrist can apply, if necessary, as visual health primary expert.

Communicate and inform to patient about all tests and instructions to be applied on him/her clearly explaining the final results and their diagnosis.

Know and locate the international and national standards related to visual and eye health in each context.




Code: 24042
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,28
Practical credits: 1,12
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Area: OPTICS
    Theoretical credits: 1,28
    Practical credits: 1,12
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught