REQUIRED COURSES

 

Opt 501               Geometric and Physical Optics I

The first of a two-semester sequence that provides an introduction to optics. Topics in the sequence include electromagnetic waves, propagation of light, vergence, prisms, lenses (thin, thick, and spherocylindrical), mirrors, stops and pupils, aberrations, optical energy, absorption, interference, diffraction, and polarization. Emphasis is placed on applications such as lens models of the eye, optical instruments, fiber optics, antireflection coatings, and resolution.

3 hours

 

Opt 502               Geometric and Physical Optics II (Traditional Track)

The second of a two-semester sequence continuing from OPT 904.

3 hours

 

Opt 503             Physiological Optics I

Optics of the uncorrected and corrected eye, photometry, and an introduction to binocular vision.

4 hours

 

Opt 662               Visual Information Processing and Perception

Analysis of the anatomy and electrophysiology of single neurons in the visual system and how these neurons code and transmit visual information. Human detection, acuity, pattern, color, and binocular vision and their electrophysiological correlates are studied by considering single neuron mechanisms.

4 hours

 

Opt 701             Physiological Optics II

Normal and abnormal oculomotor relationships, specifically fixations, saccades, pursuits, optokinetic and vestibular eye movements. Includes coverage of nystagmus, pharmacological and systemic disease effects on ocular motility.

3 hours

 

Opt 911             Graduate Seminar in Vision Science I

Review of fundamental concepts in vision science.  May include directed study.

2 hours

 

Opt 912             Graduate Seminar in Vision Science II

Discussion of important topics and new developments in the various areas of vision science.  

2 hours

 

Opt 913             Graduate Seminar in Vision Science III

Examination of current issues in various topics in vision science. Emphasis is on the optometric perspective, but integrates psychological, physiological and neurological perspectives.

2 hours

 

Opt 914             Discussion of Optometric Clinical Care

Observation of optometric clinical practice and discussions of patient care.  

May be repeated, with a maximum of 3 hours applicable toward the degree.

1 hour

 

Opt 915             Practice of Clinical Skills

Practice and development of diagnostic skills and therapeutic methods in vision care. Students will work with simulated patients under supervision of the class instructor.

May be repeated, with a maximum of 3 hours applicable toward the degree.

1 hour

 

Opt 921               Ocular Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry

The gross anatomy, fine structure, histology, physiology and embryology of the globe and adnexa, as well as ocular biochemistry.

2 hours

 

Opt 922               Anatomy of the Visual System

Anatomy, histology, and physiology of the orbit and extraocular muscles; blood supply and innervation of the visual system; visual pathways and visual field defects.

2 hours

 

Opt 991               Research and Data Analysis Methods Part I

Research design strategies and data analysis procedures. Use of computerized data recording, analysis, and reporting procedures will be stressed. Methods for preparing material for publication or oral presentation will be covered.

2 hours

 

Opt 992             Research and Data Analysis Methods Part II

Continuation of research design strategies and data analysis procedures. Use of computerized data recording, analysis, and reporting procedures will be stressed. Methods for preparing material for publication or oral presentation will be covered.

2 hours

 

Opt 995               Thesis Research

Conducting a research project under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated, with an unlimited number of hours applicable toward the degree.

2 hours

 

 

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

 

All seminars are one credit hour and cannot be repeated.

 

Opt 725             Strabismus & Amblyopia with Lab

Clinical management of strabismus and amblyopia with emphasis on primary care. Differential diagnosis, prognosis, and evaluation of therapeutic procedures. Vision therapy techniques, lenses, prisms, and co-management for strabismic and amblyopic patients. Epidemiology of relevant ocular and visual anomalies.

4 hours

 

Opt 743             Neurorehabilitative Optometry

This elective course teaches the principal aspects of acquired brain injury. Discussions on the pathophysiology of neurological impairment; examination techniques, including neurological assessment; ocular and systemic health; treatment options. Strategies for team management including obtaining hospital privileges and co-managing patients with other health care professionals.   

2 hours

 

Opt 744             Vision Problems Relate to Learning

This elective course focuses on the role of vision in relation to educational, psychological, and speech and hearing performance. Diagnosis, remediation and management of learning disability patients with emphasis on reading problems. Interrelationship between achievement level, IQ, personality test results and optometric findings such as eye movements, perception and visual processing, refractive status and accommodative-convergence function. Observation of instruction of children with learning disorders. Comparison of visual and classroom performance. 

3 hours

 

Opt 746             Sports and Recreational Vision

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.

2 hours

OPT 746L          Lab-Sports & Recreational Vision

Laboratory designed to supplement lecture material from OPT 746.

0 hour

 

Opt 763             Environmental Vision

The interface between human and the environment with emphasis on optometric concerns. Industrial, occupational, and recreational demands on vision; methods of evaluation. Radiation and selective absorption. Illumination. Eye hazards, blindness, and compensation. Motorist, pilot and VDT operator vision. Vision ergonomics and protective equipment.  

1 hour

 

Opt 901             Seminar in New Ophthalmic Instrumentation and Materials

Review of current literature on new ophthalmic instrumentation and materials. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on instrumentation and materials will be given by faculty members and invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 906             Seminar in Public Health

Review of current literature on issues related to public health. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on public health topics will be given by faculty members and invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 907             Seminar in Electrodiagnostics

Review of current literature on electrodiagnostic testing and their indications. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on electrodiagnostics will be given by faculty members and invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 908             Seminar in Neuro-rehabilitation

Review of current literature on neuro-rehabilitation. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on neuro-rehabilitation will be given by faculty members and invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 909             Seminar in Color Vision

Review of current literature on color vision. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on color vision will be given by faculty members and invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 910             Seminar in Ophthalmic Optics

Review of current literature on ophthalmic optics. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on ophthalmic optics will be given by faculty members and invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 916             Seminar in Functional Vision and Pediatrics

Review of current literature on functional vision and pediatrics. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on functional vision and pediatrics will be given by faculty members and invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 917             Seminar in Visual-Motor Function

Review of current literature on visual-motor function. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on visual-motor function will be given by faculty members and invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 918             Seminar in Contact Lenses

Review of current literature on contact lenses. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on contact lenses will be given by faculty members and invited guests. 1 hour

 

Opt 919             Seminar in Environmental Vision

Review of current literature on environmental vision. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on environmental vision will be given by faculty members and invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 925             Seminar in Strabismus & Amblyopia

Review of current literature on strabismus and amblyopia. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on strabismus and amblyopia will be given by faculty members and invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 931             Seminar in Visual System Structure, Function, and Biochemistry

Review of current literature on the structure, function, and biochemistry of the visual system. Students will read and present reports of relevant articles from current issues of selected journals. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations will be given by invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 932             Seminar in Ophthalmic/Systemic Disease

Review of current literature on disease etiology, diagnosis, and management. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on disease etiology, diagnosis, and management will be given by faculty members and invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 934             Seminar in Ocular manifestations of neurological diseases

Review of vascular and neurological problems affecting the visual system.

1 hour

 

Opt 943             Seminar in Neurorehabilitative Optometry

Principle aspects of the visual consequences of brain injury.  Discussions on the pathophysiology of traumatic and acquired brain injury; examination techniques, including neurological assessment; ocular and systemic health; treatment options.  Strategies for team management including obtaining hospital privileges and co-managing patients with other health care professionals.

1 hour

 

Opt 944             Seminar in Vision Problems and Learning

Reviewing the role of vision in relation to educational, psychological, and speech and hearing performance. Diagnosis, remediation and management of learning disability patients with emphasis on reading problems and interrelationship between achievement level, IQ, personality test results and various optometric findings.

1 hour

 

Opt 946             Seminar in Sports and Recreational Vision

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.

1 hour

 

Opt 956             Independent Study

Coursework not covered by regular courses and arranged as independent study with an instructor. An independent study contract is required to register. May be repeated with a maximum of 3 hours applicable toward the degree.

1 hour

 

Opt 961             Seminar in Visual Information Processing

Review of current literature on information flow and analysis in the visual system. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations on information processing will be given by faculty members and invited guests.

1 hour

 

Opt 962             Seminar in Presentation Methods in the Health Professions

Methods used to teach and present information. Setting long and short term goals, designing lesson plans, presentation techniques and styles, examinations, and innovative teaching methods, including the use of audiovisual and computer technology.

1 hour

 

Opt 969             International Optometry

Review of the comparative education base of optometry in various nations and the relation to scope of practice and practice modes. Examination of barriers to growth of the profession and an exploration of strategies to promote orderly progress.

1 hour

 

Opt 970             Teaching Experience

Participate in the teaching of a course or laboratory. Course needs to be arranged with individual faculty members who teach the course and approved by graduate advisor. May be repeated with a maximum of 3 hours applicable toward the degree.

1 hour

 

Opt 979             Focused Studies

Review of current literature on issues related to a specific topical area within visual science not covered within a currently offered MS elective seminar. Students will read current issues of selected journals and present reports of relevant articles. Special topics will be assigned for more extensive student reports. Presentations in the topical area will be given by faculty members and invited guests. May be repeated with a maximum of 3 hours applicable toward the degree.

1 hour

 

(Last update: Jan/17/2014)