This course provides learning opportunities for students in the Dispensing Optician Program to apply knowledge and skills from related semester one theory and laboratory courses to the optical dispensary. Students will be placed into retail optical dispensaries, and will complete their dispensing skills under direct supervision of a Licensed Eyecare Professional and program instructor.
Means of Assessment
This is a mastery course. Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be consistent with College policies on course evaluation.
Students will receive detailed outlines of performance expectations at the beginning of the course.
Evaluation for mastery will include the following components:
- Satisfactory performance of objectives as assessed by the course instructor and in conjunction with the supervising Licensed Eyecare Professional.
Evaluation records will be completed by the course instructor following consultation with the student and with the supervising Licensed Eyecare Professional.
Upon successful completion the student will be able to:
- Identify frame fitting philosophies
- Apply appropriate frame fitting to facial shapes and contours
- Align frames to neutral position and adjust frames to patient needs
- Interpret prescription and patient requirements and dispense appropriate lenses and frames
- Interpret multifocal prescriptions
- Measure patient’s pupil distance for both distance and reading vision
- Measure back vertex distance
- Measure major reference point for fitting of single vision, multifocal and progressive lenses
- Complete prescription dispensing forms for lens and frame ordering and patient record keeping
- Analyze patient’s prior eyeglasses for purpose of prior fitting method
- Fit and dispense prescriptions for high powered lenses
- Fit and dispense prescriptions for special needs patients
- Solve patient problems with prescription adaptation
- Retain a foundation to build professional dispensing skills
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students
A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.