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Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics deals with the anatomy, physiology, and diseases that effect the eyes, including performing operations on them.

Many diseases can be diagnosed from looking at the eyes, and there are several maladies that can effect the eyes only, such as blindness, cataracts and glaucoma.

Digging deeper into subject interests can help you in a number of ways:

  • Confirm whether this is (or isn't) something you would be interested in enough to want to study it at university either as the focus of your degree or a minor/elective

  • Give you some inspiration to use when creating your questions and topics for IA's (coursework) and your Extended Essay

  • Provide you with content for your university application writing in the future, enabling you to reflect on the things you've been doing to explore your interests in a way that is academically relevant to the course or institution you are applying for.

Useful Resources

Online Course
Coursera is an online platform for distance learning. They have a range of free courses delivered by universities. Search in this section to find courses of interest to you, often these are courses you can follow at your own pace.
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The X Series courses on the EdX platform are free online courses delivered by universities and aimed at helping you explore areas of interest.
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Online Course
FutureLearn is a free online platform where universities from around the globe host FREE online courses you can undertake in your areas of interest. Browse courses by categories or use the search bar to find courses relevant to your interests
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BBC Inside heath podcast
Series that demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice.
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NHS: Find your health career
Take the health career quiz, explore the roles within healthcare and find out about the different routes into these professions
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Doctor's Live
Work Experience | Online Course
Run by a team of NHS Doctors, Doctors live run a variety of interactive virtual programs from anatomy club to surgery live offering certificated work experience and a chance to explore careers in medicine and healthcare.
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