Darren T. Oystreck

MMedSci, OC(C), COMT, Program Chair, Associate Professor, Assistant Dean Faculty of Health Professions

Darren
Clinical Vision Science

Email: Darren.Oystreck@Dal.ca
Phone: (902) 470-8959
Mailing Address: 
Clinical Vision Science Program
IWK Health Centre
5850 University Avenue, 6th Floor
P.O.Box 9700, Halifax, NS
B3K 6R8
 

Clinical Appointment

  • Chief of Orthoptics, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS

Education

  • PhD Candidate, Ophthalmology, University of Stellenbosch Tygerberg, South Africa
  • Master of Medical Science (Orthoptics) University of Sheffield, UK, 2009
  • BSc (Anatomy) University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 1993
  • American Sign Language, Vancouver Community College, 1997
  • Provincial Instructor Program, Vancouver Community College, 1998
  • Instructional Skills Workshop, Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia, 2001

Research Interests & Activities

Ocular motility disorders, neuro-ophthalmology, congenital cranial dysinnervation disorders, Moebius, Duane, Joubert syndromes
PhD research: Congenital and genetic disruptions of human ocular motility and alignment

Current Teaching

VISC 5011.03 - Fundamentals of Vision Science: Efferent System

This class will consider the general principles of pharmacology before exploring the interaction pharmacology agents with the central nervous system and ocular structures. Medications used in the evaluation and treatment of ophthalmic disorders, along with medications used to treat systemic disorders that may produce ocular side effects, will be emphasized.

FORMAT: Lecture

VISC 5040.03 - Neuropharmacology for Vision Science: Basic Concepts and Therapeutics

This class will consider the general principles of pharmacology before exploring the interaction pharmacology agents with the central nervous system and ocular structures. Medications used in the evaluation and treatment of ophthalmic disorders, along with medications used to treat systemic disorders that may produce ocular side effects, will be emphasized.

FORMAT: Lecture

VISC 5200.06 - Clinical Practicum I

This practicum period of 14 weeks following the first two semesters of study provides the student with the opportunity to participate in direct ophthalmic patient care. The student will consolidate the concepts, theories and skills previously learned while providing supervised vision care for clients in a clinic setting.

FORMAT: Clinical Practicum
PREREQUISITE: VISC 5210.03, 5211.03 and 5230.03

VISC 5300.06 - Clinical Practicum II

This intensive practicum period of 22 weeks follows the completion of all class work. During this practicum students will have the opportunity to fully synthesize their academic and clinic knowledge. Upon completion students will be prepared to sit the orthoptic and ophthalmic medical technologist certification exams.

PREREQUISITE: VISC 5200.06 and 5330.03

VISC 9000.00 - MSc Thesis

Registration is required for Master's students until defence of thesis