Sep 21, 2020  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    
Academic Catalog 2019-2020

Courses


 

Optometry

  
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    OPT 541 - Essentials of Medical Pharmacology II


    1 credit(s)
    Second semester of a three part course. The objective of the course is to teach students essential concepts in medical pharmacology including ocular pharmacology. Systemic pharmacology is the emphasis of the second part of course. The course will include discussions on the medical pharmacological management of inflammatory disorders, endocrine disorders, renal disease, rheumatologic disorders, oncology, hematology, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disorders, neurologic disorders, pain management, psychiatric disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, infectious disorders, and dermatological disorders. Selected agents and classes of agents are studied in detail.
  
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    OPT 546 - Clinical Procedures I


    2.5 credit(s)
    This course instructs students on clinical optometric instrumentation and skills including visual acuity measurement, entrance skill testing, basic visual field assessment, external ocular examination, biomicroscopy, and case history.
  
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    OPT 546L - Lab-Clinical Procedures I


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 546 .
  
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    OPT 547 - Clinical Procedures II


    2.5 credit(s)
    This course instructs student on clinical optometric instrumentation and skills including retinoscopy, lensometry, direct ophthalmoscopy, and binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy.
  
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    OPT 547L - Lab-Clinical Procedures II


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 547 .
  
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    OPT 555 - Special Topics


    1 credit(s)
    See department for description.
  
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    OPT 556 - Independent Study


    1-9 credit(s)
    Customized independent study on topics related to Optometry. This must be coordinated with Academic Programs.
  
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    OPT 560 - Evidence-Based Optometry


    1 credit(s)
    Understanding and evaluating scientific and health care literature. Development of critical thinking skills related to evidence-based optometric care.
  
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    OPT 562 - Behavioral Optometric Science


    4 credit(s)
    This course covers the basic concepts of behavioral vision care, skills underlying effective visual information processing, introduction to refractive conditions, visual adaptive processes, myopiagenesis and myopia management, optometric interventions (lenses, prisms, and visual neuro rehab), and psychophysical bases of optometric evaluation. Epidemiology of relevant ocular and visual anomalies.
  
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    OPT 562L - Lab-Behavioral Optometric Science


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 562 .
  
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    OPT 568 - Optometry Practice Management I


    1 credit(s)
    This class instructs students on the basic business principles of optometric practice operation and management. Students will understand and evaluate the impacts of personal finances, both short term as students starting to program and long term as practicing optometrists. The application of financial and economic variables will be applied to the various modes of practice, budget planning, and business entities. Course covers professional networking, elementary contract negotiations and terms. An integral part of the course is the development of a professional portfolio.
  
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    OPT 601 - Ophthalmic Optics


    3 credit(s)
    This course covers the principles of the design, function, and clinical utilization of spectacles. This includes the physical and optical properties of ophthalmic lenses such as lens materials, spheres, cylinders, prisms, multifocal lenses, aberrations, magnification, and tints and coatings. Frame materials, types, and specifications, mounting lenses in frames, fitting and ordering, and manufacturing methods are taught. Patient vision correction, comfort, cosmesis, and eye protection are emphasized, as well as application of standards, regulatory agency requirements, and professional liability.
  
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    OPT 603 - Clinic Preparation Seminar


    0.5 credit(s)
    Lectures will be provided by clinic administration and faculty to help prepare students for the transition from the classroom to the clinic.
  
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    OPT 610 - Clinical Skill Proficiency Exam


    0.5 credit(s)
    Exam to assess student’s clinical skills prior to starting third year primary and specialty patient care. Pre-requisite to continue on to the third year patient care and specialty care courses.
  
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    OPT 615 - Vision Therapy


    4 credit(s)
    Principles and methods of modifying visual performance through improvement of eye movements, accommodation and convergence abilities, and unification. Hand-eye-body performance, and form and space perceptions are studied. Types of cases requiring vision therapy are considered with emphasis on remediation of general binocular dysfunction.
  
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    OPT 615L - Lab-Vision Therapy


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 615 .
  
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    OPT 616 - Theory & Methods of Refraction


    3 credit(s)
    This course focuses on the distribution and changes of refractive status through life span; signs, symptoms, clinical significance of, and general management concepts for refractive anomalies; connections between visual functions and routine objective and subjective clinical measurement of refractive status, accommodation, and convergence. Epidemiology of relevant ocular and visual anomalies.
  
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    OPT 616R - Remediation: Theory & Methods of Refraction


    0 credit(s)
    Remediation exam for OPT 616 .
  
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    OPT 617 - Optometric Case Analysis


    4 credit(s)
    This course explores basic data analysis of, prescribing for patients with non-strabismic accommodation and vergence dysfunctions, vertical imbalances and presbyopia including common clinical management considerations. Underlying assumptions and use of physiological optics and functional models of analysis; links between visual dysfunctions and symptoms; the role of formalized analysis systems within the broad framework of examination / diagnosis / treatment / prognosis; epidemiology of relevant ocular and visual anomalies.
  
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    OPT 618 - Spherical Rigid & Soft Contact Lenses


    3 credit(s)
    This course covers the principles of rigid and soft contact lens optics, patient evaluation, lens selection, lens fitting, care systems, and basic follow-up for spherical contact lenses used to correct refractive errors.
  
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    OPT 618L - Lab-Spherical Contact Lenses


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material for OPT 618 .
  
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    OPT 620 - Patient Care III


    0.5 credit(s)
    This seminar course provides an orientation to advanced patient care settings within optometry coordinated with participation in screenings, patient care in the dispensary and observation and participation in clinical care in OPT 620L . Pass/No Pass.
  
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    OPT 620L - Clinic-Patient Care III


    This seminar course provides clinical experience that supplements lecture material from OPT 620 .
  
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    OPT 621 - Patient Care IV


    0.5 credit(s)
    This seminar course provides an orientation to specific aspects of the clinical program coordinated with observation and participation in clinical care in OPT 621L, screening participation, patient care in the dispensary, and certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Pass/No Pass.
  
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    OPT 621L - Clinic-Patient Care IV


    Clinical experience designed to supplement lecture material from OPT 621 .
  
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    OPT 630 - Biomed Ethics II


    0.25 credit(s)
    The second in a series of courses to help students recognize ethical/professionalism dilemmas, how to manage, and who to consult, if needed. The primary focus of the content will be on topics surrounding “professional ethics.” Dilemmas and issues involving professional standards, reporting and complicated ethical considerations associated with being a health care provider will be presented and discussed.
  
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    OPT 631 - Ocular Diseases II


    3 credit(s)
    This course is a continuation of epidemiology, symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases of the cornea, episclera, sclera, anterior uvea, ciliary body and crystalline lens. Introduction to posterior segment diseases with an emphasis on the retina. 
  
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    OPT 631L - Lab-Ocular Diseases II


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 631 . Laboratory includes techniques for the detection, assessment, and treatment of ocular diseases associated with these structures of the eye.
  
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    OPT 633 - Ocular Diseases III


    4 credit(s)
    This course is a continuation of epidemiology, symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases of, and trauma to, the choroid, retina, macula, vitreous, optic nerve and visual pathway, including glaucoma and visual field anomalies.
  
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    OPT 633L - Lab-Ocular Diseases III


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 633 . Laboratory includes techniques for detection, assessment, and treatment of ocular diseases associated with, and trauma to, these structures of the eye.
  
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    OPT 637 - Systemic Disease II


    3 credit(s)
    This course is the second semester of a two-semester course that covers the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management (including pharmaceutical) of the major disorders and diseases affecting the body.
  
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    OPT 637R - Remediation: Systemic Diseases & Medications II


    0 credit(s)
    Remediation exam for OPT 637 .
  
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    OPT 638 - Systemic Diseases and Medications III


    2 credit(s)
    This course is designed to teach students how to perform those components of the physical exam that will help diagnose the underlying systemic causes of ocular disease. Students are taught and then expected to perform evaluations of the head, neck and throat; cardiovascular; pulmonary; and, neurologic systems in a guided lab. Hands-on instruction in providing intramuscular, intravenous and periocular injections is included as well as biopsy techniques and wound closure with sutures.
  
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    OPT 638L - Lab-Systemic Diseases III


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 638 .
  
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    OPT 640 - Essentials of Medical Pharmacology III


    1 credit(s)
    Third semester of a three part course. The objective of the course is to teach students essential concepts in medical pharmacology including ocular pharmacology. Systemic pharmacology is the emphasis of the third part of the course. The course will continue discussions on the medical pharmacological management of inflammatory disorders, endocrine disorders, renal disease, rheumatologic disorders, oncology, hematology, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disorders, neurologic disorders, pain management, psychiatric disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, infectious disorders, and dermatological disorders. Selected agents and classes of agents are studied in detail.
  
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    OPT 645 - Refraction: Procedures III


    4 credit(s)
    Focus will be on skills necessary for clinical optometry including keratometry, human eye retinoscopy, refraction and the analytical examination to include exploration of various refractive anomalies and the connections between visual functions and the routine subjective and objective clinical measurements of refractive status, accommodation and vergences.
  
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    OPT 645L - Lab-Refraction: Procedure III


    0 credit(s)
    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 645 .
  
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    OPT 646 - Clinical Procedures III


    2 credit(s)
    Skills required for clinical optometry including keratometry, human eye retinoscopy, refraction and the analytical examination. Laboratory sessions supplement lecture materials through practice of procedures.
  
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    OPT 646L - Lab-Clinical Procedures III


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 646 .
  
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    OPT 647 - Ophthalmic Dispensing Proc


    2 credit(s)
    Introduction to Ophthalmic Dispensing. Design, ordering, verification, and dispensing of ophthalmic materials. Familiarization with lens identification, specification, edging, and measurements. Frame styling, measurement, alignment, adjustments to the face, and repair. Optical laboratory and ophthalmic dispensary function and procedures.
  
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    OPT 647L - Lab-Ophthalmic Dispensing Proc


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 647 .
  
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    OPT 649 - Clinical Procedures IV


    3 credit(s)
    The objective of the course is to teach the skills required in clinical optometry, including tonometry, gonioscopy, binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy, high plus, case history, out  of phoropter exam, cycloplegic refraction, and supplemental testing. Laboratory sessions supplement lecture materials through practice of procedures.
  
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    OPT 649L - Lab-Clinical Procedures IV


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 649 .
  
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    OPT 656 - Independent Study


    1-12 credit(s)
    Customized independent study on topics related to Optometry. This must be coordinated with Academic Programs.
  
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    OPT 662 - Visual Perception


    4 credit(s)
    This course covers the neurophysiology of normal and abnormal visual information processing, from retina to cortex. Includes dark and light adaptation, contrast and flicker sensitivity, motion and depth perception, and color vision. Perceptual consequences of proper function and dysfunction of the visual pathways, striate and extra-striate cortices during the human lifespan are discussed. Includes application through independent-study lab exercises and student presentations.
  
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    OPT 662R - Remediation: Visual Perceptions


    0 credit(s)
    Remediation exam for OPT 662 .
  
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    OPT 668 - Optometry Practice Management II


    1 credit(s)
    This class instructs students on the specific aspects of business principles of optometric practice operation and management. Students learn and understand the principles of inventory management, optical dispensary layout and patient education in terms of optical needs. Marketing concepts and principles are covered in depth with respect to the various modes of internal, external, and patient education marketing. An integral part of the course is the development and creation of multiple marketing pieces, logo and letterhead for each student’s future practice. Students learn the specifics of medical and vision coding as it applies to optometric practice.
  
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    OPT 702 - Nutritional Optometry


    1 credit(s)
    This course provides an in-depth examination of the role of clinical nutrition in ocular health and function of the visual system. Includes the role of diet in chronic inflammation, metabolism, and obesity, and interaction of nutrition with cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal vascular disease. The role of fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and minerals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine, will be covered. Interaction through student presentations and online exercises.
  
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    OPT 703 - Patient Care Seminar I


    0.5 credit(s)
    Lecture seminar bridges didactic material with the clinical experience, emphasizing problem solving methods in the delivery of patient care. Pass/No Pass.
  
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    OPT 704 - Patient Care Seminar II


    0.5 credit(s)
    Lecture seminar bridges didactic material with the clinical experience, emphasizing problem solving methods in the delivery of patient care. Pass/No Pass.
  
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    OPT 705 - Patient Care Seminar III


    0.5 credit(s)
    Lecture seminar bridges didactic material with the clinical experience, emphasizing problem solving methods in the delivery of patient care. Pass/No Pass.
  
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    OPT 706 - Optometric Mgmt of Ocular Emergencies


    1 credit(s)
    What to do, how to do, who to call, when and where to refer, when you are on-call or alone at 4PM on Fridays and have a patient with sudden vision loss, sudden onset of diplopia, acute “painful” red eye, ocular trauma or foreign bodies? Differentiate true ocular emergencies from urgencies and manage such encounters calmly and proficiently. Pass/No Pass.
  
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    OPT 707 - Pediatric Ocular Diseases & Disorders


    1 credit(s)
    This course covers the ocular and visual consequences of major classes of diseases in younger patients. Includes neurocutaneous, craniofacial, metabolic, connective tissue, infections and other disorders influenced by genetics. Other topics include juvenile glaucoma, leukocoria, pattern retinal, and pediatric optic nerve diseases. Interaction through student presentations and online exercises.
  
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    OPT 708 - Interprofessional Care


    2 credit(s)
    This elective will prepare students for interprofessional care employing a truly blended course, that will combine participation in twice a month face-to-face class discussions, flexible online modules, and clinical interprofessional experience. Optometry students will attend Saturday Interprofessional Diabetes Clinics once per month to work collaboratively with clinical faculty and students from the College of Health Professions Physical and Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy, and Physician Assistant clinical faculty and students in the evaluation and management of patients with diabetes. Cases and principles of interprofessional care and practice will be presented and applied to actual patients, preparing students for contemporary and future trends in healthcare delivery. Pass/No Pass.
  
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    OPT 709 - Essentials of Leadership Optometry


    1 credit(s)
    This course is designed to assist students in discovering what individual behaviors, attitudes, habits and skills are necessary to become effective optometric physician leaders.  Time will be spent covering the differences between following, managing and leading while also discussing when, why, and how to change roles. The goal of strengthening personal, professional, and community leadership abilities will be achieved by gaining knowledge, developing confidence, and learning to use effective habits that may be applied immediately.
  
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    OPT 710 - Biomed Ethics III


    0.25 credit(s)
    The third in a series of courses to help students to manage, and who to consult, if needed. During this phase the topics will be focused upon areas of “clinical ethics.” These areas will illustrate and discuss dilemmas that happen within patient care delivery.
  
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    OPT 711 - Ocular Motility I


    1.5 credit(s)
    Provides in-depth examination of normal and abnormal eye movements, including fixations, vestibular, optokinetic, saccades, pursuits and vergence. Includes diagnosis and treatment of infantile and acquired nystagmus on acular motility.
  
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    OPT 712 - Ocular Motility II


    1.5 credit(s)
    This course provides in-depth examination of normal and abnormal eye movements, including the effects of medullary, pontine, midbrain, cerebellar and cerebral dysfunction on ocular motility. Includes nerve palsies, ophthalmoplegias, disorders of neuromuscular transmission and the extraocular muscles, and clinical application through student presentations.
  
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    OPT 714 - Pediatric & Developmental Optometry


    3 credit(s)
    This course covers vision as part of the total development of the human being; the interrelationship between visual abilities and other modalities and functions. Normal development of ocular and visual function from birth to adult. Age-appropriate tests for evaluating the vision of children. Epidemiology of relevant ocular and visual anomalies, and prescribing guidelines for modifying and enhancing visual performance of children, including medical management and contact lenses.
  
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    OPT 715 - Patient Care V


    1.5 credit(s)
    Supervised clinical practice including the examination, diagnosis, analysis, treatment, and management of selected patients in Pacific University affiliated clinics.
  
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    OPT 716 - Specialty Contact Lenses


    3.5 credit(s)
    This course covers the principles of fitting rigid and soft contact lenses for the correction of astigmatism, presbyopia, and irregular corneal shapes.
  
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    OPT 716L - Lab-Specialty Contact Lenses


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 716 .
  
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    OPT 718 - Advanced Optometric Case Analysis


    2 credit(s)
    Integration of various models of interpreting clinical data. Normal and abnormal visual performances including statistical interpretations of optometric data. Distance, nearpoint, and prism lens prescription procedures.
  
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    OPT 722 - Patient Care VI


    1.5 credit(s)
    Supervised clinical practice including the examination, diagnosis, analysis, treatment, and management of selected patients in Pacific University affiliated clinics.
    Prerequisite(s): OPT 715 
  
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    OPT 723 - Patient Care VII


    1.5 credit(s)
    Supervised clinical practice including the examination, diagnosis, analysis, treatment, and management of selected patients in Pacific University affiliated clinics.
    Prerequisite(s): OPT 722 
  
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    OPT 725 - Strabismus and Amblyopia


    4 credit(s)
    This course covers the evaluation and treatment of amblyopia and strabismus. Emphasis will be on preparation to perform a sequential, planned examination and to develop a treatment strategy applicable in a primary care setting. Various forms of treatment such as refraction, occlusion, orthoptics and vision therapy, pharmacological and surgical approaches are discussed. The clinical outcomes of these procedures will be reviewed. Anomalous correspondence and other cases that may best be handled by a subspecialist will be discussed, but not as emphasized. Aspects of co-management including communication skills will be covered.
  
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    OPT 725L - Lab-Strabismus and Amblyopia


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 725 .
  
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    OPT 725R - Remediation: Strabismum & Amblyopia


    0 credit(s)
    Remediation exam for OPT 725 .
  
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    OPT 727 - Patients with Perceptual Problems


    2 credit(s)
    This course covers the observation and participation in evaluations and therapy appropriate for patients having visual-perceptual problems associated with learning difficulties, traumatic/acquired brain injury, and developmental abnormalities. Procedures for guiding and modifying visual performance, co-management strategies and communication skills. Development of treatment plans and consideration of community resources available to patients with perceptual problems.
  
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    OPT 727L - Lab-Perceptual Problems


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 727 .
  
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    OPT 728 - Low Vision


    2 credit(s)
    This course covers the complete optometric care for individuals with visual impairment. Both the theoretical information needed to fully understand low vision devices and related aids and services, and the clinical application of this knowledge, will be presented.
  
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    OPT 730 - Biomed Ethics IV


    0.25 credit(s)
    The fourth in a series of courses to help students recognize ethical/professionalism dilemmas, how to manage, and who to consult, if needed. The topics in this phase are specific to the legal administrative rules and standard of care within the profession of optometry.
  
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    OPT 733 - Ocular Diseases IV


    3 credit(s)
    This course covers advanced concepts in glaucoma, diabetes, neuro-ophthalmology and retinal disease including macular abnormalities, retinal detachment and vascular disease.
  
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    OPT 733L - Lab-Ocular Diseases Patients


    Hands-on laboratory that supplements lecture material from OPT 733 . Laboratory includes refinement of techniques for evaluation of the optic nerve and retina such as scleral indentation and three mirror fundus evaluations. In addition, methods of evaluation and documentation such as extended ophthalmoscopy, ocular photography and scanning lasers are included.
  
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    OPT 734 - Ocular Manifest of Neurologic Disease


    2 credit(s)
    Diagnosis of important neurologic diseases that disrupt the visual system. This elective’s particular emphasis will be on increasing the clinician’s suspicion that a neurologic dysfunction underlies the ocular manifestation in order to efficiently initiate patient co-management. Common entities such as pupils, lids, headaches, and functional vision loss will be examined in great detail as well as ocular and behavioral manifestations of regional brain dysfunction and other conditions that provide clinical challenges.
  
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    OPT 735 - Applied Ocular Theraputics


    1 credit(s)
    The use of medications in the treatment of ocular disease, including adnexal, anterior segment, and posterior segment disorders. Emphasis is placed on the clinical thinking process for determining the most appropriate management of a particular disease, emphasizing the therapeutic drug or drugs for effective treatment.
  
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    OPT 735R - Remediation: Applied Ocular Theraputics


    0 credit(s)
    Remediation exam for OPT 735 .
  
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    OPT 736 - Clinical Rounds


    0.5 credit(s)
    An interactive seminar course utilizing clinical cases presentations and a literature review to illustrate the evaluation and management of ocular disorders.
  
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    OPT 737 - Advanced Pediatric Optometry


    1 credit(s)
    This course covers advanced topics in pediatric care with emphasis on optometric managemnt of special populations. Additional topics will be addressed through case presentations including evaluation and management of pediatric anterior and posterior segment diseases, vision-related learning problems, refractive, binocular and non-organic vision changes. Pediatric practice management tips will also be offered.
    Prerequisite(s): OPT 714 .
  
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    OPT 740 - Seminar in Contact Lenses


    2 credit(s)
    This elective course offers a detailed review of a wide range of modern innovations emerging in the contact lens industry. Advanced technologies including new multifocal lens designs, scleral lenses, custom soft contact lenses and advanced hybrid lens designs. Special emphasis on the use of orthokeratology lenses in the contemporary optometric practice.
  
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    OPT 743 - Neurorehabilitative Optometry


    2 credit(s)
    This elective course provides an overview of traumatic and acquired brain injury and how it impacts vision. Emphasis is given to subjective and objective visual function including different types/severities of brain injury. Coverage includes neurological pathophysiology and assessment, examination methods, ocular and systemic health; treatment and management strategies. Introduction to multidisciplinary management and obtaining hospital privileges.
  
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    OPT 746 - Sports and Recreational Vision


    2 credit(s)
    The theory and practice of sports vision is presented in detail. The course emphasizes exploration of the research base supporting sports vision services, analysis of visual and environmental task demands in sports, evaluation procedures for athletes, and optometric intervention approaches. Strategies for practice development are discussed. The emphasis of the lab portion will be integration of didactic information with instrumentation used in sports vision.
  
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    OPT 749 - Refractive Surgery


    1.5 credit(s)
    This course provides an overview of the surgical and laser treatments of refractive error including historical and state of the art techniques, basic science of lasers, aberrations, and intraocular lenses, patient selection factors and protocols for co-management, the diagnosis, treatment, and management of postoperative complications and the role of optometry in refractive surgery.
  
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    OPT 752 - Basic Spanish for Optometry


    1 credit(s)
    This elective course teaches the Spanish language essential for conducting an optometric examination.
    Prerequisite(s): Minimum 1 year beginning/conversational Spanish or consent of instructor.
  
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    OPT 753 - Seminar Visual Prob Relate to Learn Dis


    2 credit(s)
    This course serves as both an optometry student elective course and a MEd/VFL core requirement couse. The course focuses on the role of vision in relation to educational, psychological, speech/language and reading performance. A multidisciplinary perspective is emphasized in the diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities. The interrelationships between psycho-educational test results and visual functions such as eye movements, refractive status, accommodative- convergence function and visual information processing are discussed in light of current research and case analysis.
  
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    OPT 753L - Lab-Visual Prob Relate to Learn Dis


    1 credit(s)
    This is a companion course to OPT 753 -Visual Problems that Relate to Learning Disabilities. It can only be taken in conjunction with OPT 753  and is required for those enrolled in the MEd/VFL program. Students will conduct independent research, case series report, or clinical observations to supplement knowledge/experience in the area of vision-related learning disabilities.
  
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    OPT 755 - Special Topics


    See department for course description.
  
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    OPT 756 - Independent Study


    Independent Study. Instructor’s consent required.
  
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    OPT 757 - Ophthalmic Imaging


    1 credit(s)
    This elective course teaches techniques associated with capturing ophthalmic images. Use of non-mydriatic fundus cameras, traditional fundus cameras, and anterior segment slit lamp cameras. Video, film and digital image capture techniques; the use of computer enhancement/modification of images.
  
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    OPT 758 - Genomics in Eye Care


    1 credit(s)
    Genetics focuses on the effect of single genes in disease, whereas genomics attempts to examine the interactions of multiple genes and environmental factors underlying the pathophysiological processes. Numerous common disorders affecting the eyes (e.g. diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration) are widely accepted to involve multiple genes. This elective will introduce and discuss several applicable topics of genomic medicine for eye care professionals.
  
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    OPT 759 - Geriatric Optometry


    1 credit(s)
    This course, Geriatric optometry focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of visual problems in the elderly. The course covers various topics on providing effective vision care for seniors, as well as lifestyle considerations in the overall co-management of this population.
  
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    OPT 761 - Public Health Optometry


    2 credit(s)
    This course instructs and provides insight on how the profession of optometry is an integral partner to the overall public health system in America. Students will learn how local, state, and federal governments promote and protect the vision health of individuals and communities through the development of data driven policies, economic funding, services, regulations, and education.
  
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    OPT 762 - Communication in Opt Practice


    1.5 credit(s)
    The theory and practice of doctor-to-patient communication is presented, emphasizing methods to augment skills in patient interviewing (case history), patient management, case presentation and consultation, and staff communication. Verbal, nonverbal, and written communication issues are discussed. Students will participate in peer and self-evaluation, observation and participation in simulated patient communication scenarios, and the utilization of video recordings to analyze strengths and weaknesses in patient communication. Communications issues unique to specific patient populations will also be discussed in order to improve understanding and management of these patients.
  
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    OPT 762L - Lab-Comm in Optometric Practice


    An interactive laboratory that supplements lecture material for OPT 762 .
  
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    OPT 763 - Environ Occup Rec Vision


    2 credit(s)
    This course examines the interface between humans and the environment with emphasis on optometric concerns. Industrial/occupational, educational, and sports/recreational demands on vision and methods of evaluation. Radiation and selective absorption. Lighting and illumination. Eye hazards, blindness, and determination of disability. Motorist, pilot, and ED operator vision. Vision ergonomics and protective equipment.
  
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    OPT 765 - Seminar in Multidisc Service


    1 credit(s)
    This elective course provides an overview of current models of interdisciplinary care delivery with a focus on pediatric learning disability, brain injury, and neurological impairment. Emphasis given to case management within a multidisciplinary setting that includes professions such as education, medicine, occupational therapy, psychology, speech/language communications, and optometry. The role of vision is emphasized in diagnosis, remediation, and management. Field observations required.
  
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    OPT 768 - Opt Practice Management III


    1 credit(s)
    This course instructs students on the specifics of third party plan contracts and negotiations. Medical and vision coding and billing principles are covered in depth. The development of a practice of optometry from conceptualization, research of locations, demographics, physical plant design and equipment needs, loan procurement and financing are covered in detail. The business concepts of cost and revenue centers are developed and applied to the practice of optometry. Human resources and business resources and liabilities are examined with application to optometric practice.
  
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    OPT 769 - Opt Practice Management IV


    1 credit(s)
    This course instructs students on the higher level operations of the practice, establishing the ‘team’ of consultants for support of the business operations, managing staff, development of specialty practice revenue and cost centers, practice development and tax liabilities.
  
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    OPT 770 - Third Year Peds/Binocular Vision Service


    1.5 credit(s)
    Supervised optometric clinical management emphasizing vision therapy for pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients who present with conditions related to vision development, binocular vision, eye movement, visual information processing, and vision rehabilitation in Pacific University affiliated clinics. Pass/No Pass.
  
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    OPT 771 - Third Year Contact Lens Service


    1.5 credit(s)
    Supervised optometric clinical management of current and/or prospective contact lens wearer for cosmetic or therapeutic applications in Pacific University affiliated clinics. Pass/No Pass.
 

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