DISEASES OF THE VISUAL SYSTEM
Learning outcomes of the course unit
To promote basic knowledge of vision mechanism, from the first step (photoreceptors) to final step (occipital visual cortex). To learn the basic principles of the physiopatology of visual function.
Course contents summary
Levels of visual function: from retinal images to perception
o Retinal image
o The retina
o The optic nerve head
o The visual pathways
o The visual cortex
• CLINICAL ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY OF VISION.
o Retinal layers and byoelectrical responses
o Ganzfeld ERG
o Focale e multifocal ERG
o Pattern ERG (PERG)
o Visual cortex layers and byoelectrical responses potenziali evocati visivi
Binocular interaction: corresponding retinal points and areas
horopter, Panum's area
simultaneous perception and stereopsis
3D perception: monocular and binocular factors
development of binocular vision and related problems
diplopia and confusion
suppression, anomalous retinal correspondence (ARC)
neurophysiological basis of amblyopia
Visual angle and sizing of visual stimuli
luminance and contrast in ophthalmic instruments
Measurement of the optical properties of the cornea and of the eye
Ultrasounds in ophthalmology
Lasers in ophthalmolgy
Measurement of the axial length of ocular structures: ultrasonic and optical methods
Measurement of the intraocular pressure
Imaging of the retina
Imaging of the optic nerve head
R.W. Rodieck: “The first steps in seeing”, Sinauer Associates, Inc.
- Stephen E. Palmer
Vision Science. Photons to Phenomenology
Bradford Book, MIT Press 1999
During the lectures will be presented and discussed the topics listed in
the program trying to involve the student so that he/she can be an active
part of the lesson.
Assessment methods and criteria
The assessment of the achievement of the objectives set by the course includes a partial written test and an oral exam.
Through questions regarding the course content, it will be determined if the student has achieved the goal of knowledge and understanding of the content. Through questions concerning the principles of operation and interpretation of the techniques discussed in the course, will be determined whether the student has achieved the goal of applying the acquired knowledge.
To pass the exam, the student must correctly answer at least 60% of the questions. The final grade is out of thirty, in proportion to the number of correct answers. And 'provided that the student can improve your score in the written application through the oral exam, that may change the rating of no more than 3 points.