Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

Nigel Lingel


This thesis project addresses the need for the student of optometry to gain experience in identifying the clinically relevant findings associated with common posterior pole diseases. It accomplishes this goal by presenting via Power Point the 11 most common posterior pole diseases with sections detailing pathophysiology, findings, and treatments for each disease. Although other resources are available which point out relevant findings, this format allows for full color slides from several patients to be annotated and presented in a guided manner. Therefore students will be challenged to find the relevant findings and then have those findings clearly identified and their implications discussed. The topics of this thesis project include: Diabetes, Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion, Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion, Central Retinal Artery Occlusion, Central Retinal Vein Occlusion, Glaucoma, Retinal Detachment, Choroidal Melanomas, Age Related Macular Degeneration, Hypertensive Retinopathy, Toxoplasmosis and Optic Disc Edema.

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