Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

OPTOM 345 A&B- Principles of Ocular Pharmacology

15 Points

Semester 1 and 2


General principles of pharmacology. Pharmacodynamics. Drug absorption, distribution and metabolism. Mechanism of drug action at receptors. Drugs and their application on ophthalmic practice. The autonomic nervous system: anatomy and physiology. Mechanisms of action of ocular pharmaceutical agents. Principles of pharmacological treatment of ocular disease. Drug interactions. Legislation on use of ocular pharmaceutical agents by optometrists in New Zealand and internationally. Introduction to therapeutic agents in optometric practice. Scope of treatment. Shared care.


Prerequisite: OPTOM 171 or 272
Restriction: OPTOM 245

To complete this course students must enrol in OPTOM 345 A and B

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