Module Overview

Investigative Clinical Techniques

This module introduces advanced clinical techniques and technologies that have both routine and specialised applications in optometric practice. Principles of the techniques and clinical applications of the technology will be discussed in relation to clinical examinations. Techniques introduced in this module have particular applications in diagnosis and ongoing management of ocular disease and have cross relevance to the Diseases of the Eye module, and the Introduction to Eye Disease and Pharmacology module. The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and skills in clinical techniques appropriate to further investigation of patients. The Clinical Investigative Techniques module will be used to develop clinical problem solving, diagnostic, and differential diagnostic skills.

Module Code

OPTO 3802

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy,

Fundus microscopy/slitlamp indirect ophthalmoscopy,



Keratometry and corneal topography, including Scheimpflug photography,

Ophthalmic photodocumentation,

Fluorescein angiography, fundus autofluorescence, Indocyanine angiography,

Perimetry and visual field assessment, screening and thresholding techniques, instrumentation, evaluation of field plots, field defects associated with pathology,

Retinal function evaluation,

Corneal Collagen Crosslinking,

Lasers for Eyecare,

Retinal nerve fiber layer and optic disc evaluation,

Scanning laser technologies in conjunction with polarimetry, optical coherence tomography, and confocal tomography,

Ultrasonography of the eye and other (MRI, CT, PET) imaging techniques,

CORU Optical Registration Board Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.

The CORU Standards of Proficiency for Optometrists covered, wholly or in part, in this module are within the following domains 1.Professional Autonomy and Accountability, 2.Communication, Collaborative Practice and Teamworking, 3.Safety and Quality, 4.Professional Development, and 5.Professional Knowledge and Skills.

Lectures, clinical skills laboratories and patient episodes, directed reading, case based discussions, self-directed learning.

Each student will engage in at least 12 patient encounters which will be recoded as part of their clinic logbook with self-reflection.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination100
Other Assessment(s)0