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Dispensing Optician Lab Skills I

Course Code: DOPT 1112
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Dispensing Optician
Credits: 6.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lab
Typically Offered: Fall
course overview

This course provides students with the laboratory skills for quality control of lenses and the ability to layout and prepare lenses for edging. Students will learn how to maintain the equipment and tools associated with the edging and finishing laboratory. It provides the student with skills to insert and mount lenses into various frame materials and designs.

Course Content

  1. Introduction
    • course content and requirements
    • orientation of the equipment and tools
    • an overview of the edging process
    • introduction to industry standard charts
    • safety procedures in the laboratory
  2. Spotting of Lenses
    • checking for optimal surface quality
    • use of the lensometer
    • power verification of single vision lenses
    • optical centre versus major reference point
    • single vision lenses with prism
  3. Frames
    • frame parts, types & materials
    • frame measurements & markings
    • frame selection
    • frame alignment & adjustment
    • frame repairs
    • specialized frames
    • lens insertion
    • frame maintenance & cleaning
  4. Centration of Single Vision Lenses
    • the mechanics of lens centration
    • horizontal and vertical centration
    • the boxing system
    • calculating lens blank sizes
    • industry standards formulas
  5. Blocking of Lenses
    • the lens protractor
    • marking a single vision lens
    • double checking lens blank size
    • pupil distances and accuracy
    • blocking systems and their relationship to lens materials
    • deblocking lenses
  6. Lens Shape Formation
    • pattern measurements and terminology
    • mounting and datum lines
    • pattern formation
  7. Edging
    • the edging process
    • deviations from edger settings
    • lens chucking
    • bevel selection
    • verification with polariscope
    • variations in lens materials
  8. Hand Edging
    • purpose of hand edging
    • developing the correct technique
    • correctional modifications
    • edge polishing
  9. Lens Insertion and Mounting
    • frame materials
    • mounting design variations
    • hand tooling
    • heating and cooling
    • drilling and notching
    • grooving and nylor mounts
    • lens alignment
    • frame alignment
    • securing screws and pins
    • final verification
  10. Identification of Lens Types, Materials and Coatings
  11. Equipment Maintenance
    • basic equipment maintenance

Methods of Instruction

  1. Laboratory Lectures
  2. Application / Calculation exercises in Laboratory
  3. Independent Study of Courseware
  4. Completion of Proficiency Tests
  5. Completion of Laboratory Assignments
  6. Online discussion forum

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • spot check lenses for surface quality
  • verify the power of a single vision lens with the lensometer
  • mark the optical centre and major reference point of a single vision lens
  • calculate horizontal and vertical lens centration
  • calculate lens blank size requirements
  • equipment for dispensing eyeglasses including the lensometer, pupilometer, distometer, lens clock ruler and thickness callipers
  • perform the process of lens edging
  • edge polish lenses
  • perform lens insertion and mounting with various frame designs and materials
  • define ophthalmic terms pertaining to frame materials, designs, fitting and adjustments
  • perform frame fitting and adjustments

course prerequisites


DOPT 1100

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.