The module covers advanced studies in visual science, especially visual psychophysics, visual neurophysiology and neuroimaging, and aims to give a good understanding of current ideas about visual function and visual mechanisms, with some discussion of their connections to clinical and/or industrial practice in optometry. The module will describe some of the fundamental science at a fairly advanced level, along with clinical studies on spatial vision, temporal vision, binocular vision, neuroimaging techniques and their application to amblyopia, human peripheral vision, the role of M and P cells and how this relates to clinical studies on glaucoma, and the role of attention in vision.
Areas covered will include:
- Signal detection theory & psychophysics
- Spatial vision & feature coding
- Temporal vision & motion perception
- Masking and suppression
- Binocular interactions
- Crowding and summation
- Neuroimaging techniques: essential theory & methodology
- Neuroimaging in human amblyopia
- Human peripheral vision: role of M & P cells
- Role of attention in vision.