Competency information


Obtain a full patient history from an adult patient (under supervision).


  • Processes of ophthalmic history taking in adults, to include presenting complaint, current and past ophthalmic history, current and past general medical history, and social and occupational history.
  • The purpose and relevant protocols for obtaining and documenting patient history.


  • How to communicate effectively with patients, parents or carers, including patients with a range of cultural and special needs.
  • The anxieties or concerns that patients, parents or carers may experience and how to alleviate them.

Symptoms and the relevance of patient history to ocular and systemic disease.

  • The symptoms of common diseases affecting the visual system, e.g. glaucoma, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
  • The relationship between ocular/visual and non-ocular symptoms.
  • Ocular/visual manifestations of systemic disease.
  • The differences in presenting symptoms and signs between children with developmental disorders and adults with acquired disorders, e.g. binocular vision, colour vision.

Relevant learning outcomes

# Outcome
# 1 Outcome Measure visual acuity using a LogMAR chart for adult subjects.
# 2 Outcome Perform an Ishihara colour vision assessment on an adult subject.