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Course Description of Master Program


Advances in Ocular Anatomy, Physiology & Biochemistry OPT 541 (2+1=3)

Recent advances in neuro-anatomy of the visual pathway, anatomy, biochemistry and physiology of the eye. Topics include tears, cornea, aqueous humor, lens, vitreous, retina and sclera. Structure and function of geniculostriate pathways, sub cortical projections, retinal circuitry and receptive fields.


Neurology of Oculo-motor Systems OPTO 542 (2+1=3)

Concentrate on the neuro-anatomical pathways for the control of eye position and movement, gaze holding, image stabilization, tracking eye movement systems, Oculo-motor signs of disorders of the central nervous system (palsies, nystagmus, ophthalmoplegia, cog-wheel pursuits, saccadic dysmetria, the near visumotor response and the synergistic coupling of accommodation and convergence.


Visual Perception and Psychophysics OPTO 556 (2+1=3)

Oculocentric and egocentric directionalization; monocular clues for depth perception; distance and size relationships; real and apparent motion; the theoretical and nonius horopter and the apparent fronto-parallel plane; stereopsis; aniseikonia; Pulfrich effects; alley experiments and the geometry of visual space; Hyperacuity.


Advance Contact lenses Studies OPTO 557 (2+2=4)

Study the update on corneal physiology and biochemistry; will provides lectures underlying an advanced knowledge of contact lens practice and research.   Advanced contact lens fitting for astigmatic, presbyopic, keratoconic,  aphakic designs and paediatric patients .  the development include corneal topographic analysis.


Advanced Management Techniques OPTO 565 (2+1=3)

Recent advances in the detection, diagnosis, and management of ocular disease. Types of eye disease commonly encountered in optometric practice: diabetes, glaucoma and dry eye. The path physiology, pharmacotherapy, and clinical management of systemic and ocular diseases.    The use, in clinical optometric practice, of drugs, lasers, and other therapeutic devices in the treatment and management of ocular disease. Recent developments in drug


Advanced Clinical Studies OPTO 566 (0+4=4)

This mostly clinical course will put the student in the clinic for several hours a week examining patients in the Optometry clinic but with an emphasis on non-routine patients including patients with such conditions as Down’s syndrome, high myopia, Oculo-motor manifestations of central nervous dysfunction, as well as those patients who require posterior segment imaging and clinical electrophysiological tests. One objective of this course is to teach the student to streamline their diagnostic tests to rapidly come up with a diagnosis and management of a patient’s condition. Presentations of interesting cases will be made by the student with the consent of his/her supervisor.


Optometric co-management of Refractive Surgery Patients OPTO 567 (2+1=3)

History, theory and clinical application of ocular laser procedures. Laser surgery for the treatment of anterior and posterior segment ocular diseases and refractive surgery for correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism will be emphasized.   Managing refractive surgery patients appropriately, including those seeking advice preoperatively, immediately after the procedure, and long-term follow-up. Interpreting refractive surgery research.


Experimental Design and Data management in Visual Sciences OPTO 571 (2+1=3)

Introduction to experimental design.  Forming a hypothesis.  Research methodology.  Sampling. Clinical trials.  Basic data analysis.  Research budgetary management.  A review of descriptive statistics, probability sampling, correlation, and prediction. Measurements, probability and power; Detecting difference between parametric/non-parametric variables; Analyzing repeated measures designs; Complex regression; Statistical re-sampling techniques; Analysis of clinical images; Accuracy and repeatability of novel clinical and experimental techniques.


Public Health Optometry and Professional Ethics OPTO 591 (2+1=3)

Introduction to the foundation and basic sciences of public health with an emphasis on the epidemiology of vision problems in the region, how to protect vision and ways to manage these problems.It also aims to study Professional Ethics and Ethics of  human and animal research


Interactive Discussion And Visual Case Analysis OPTO 592 (1+2=3)

Designed to strengthen the student’s scientific research and presentation skills as well as broaden their knowledge base of cutting edge research in Optometry and the Vision Sciences. At least two selected topics will be presented to an audience by each student in the form of a talk covering the latest aspects in a particular field of Optometry or the Vision Sciences. Aside from the presentations, selected topics chosen by the instructor will be discussed and publications critiqued during lectures and in addition to study a visual case through analysis it, presented and then discuss it.


Advanced Low Vision Studies OPTO 595 (2+1=3)

The etiology of partial sight will be revisited with an emphasis on the etiology of partial sight specific to different regions, particularly the Gulf region. The management of all levels of partial sightedness will be covered as well as an introduction to new treatment modalities and equipment.


Visual Development OPTO 597 (2+1=3)

Concentrate on the advanced embryology and early development of the visual system from infancy to the age of ten by which time the critical development of the visual system is all but complete.

Diseases and disorders, such which develop in this sensitive period, will be covered in full ranging from etiology to management.


Research project OPTO 599 (0+4=4)

The project is supposed to be as clinical study and/or special area in one of Vision Science topics available in department, the project will be do under supervision of on of optometry Academic staff who have experience in the same field.


Master’s Thesis OPTO 600 (Thesis):