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Dispensing Optician Theory II

Course Code: DOPT 1200
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Dispensing Optician
Credits: 5.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

This course provides theory related to eyeglass dispensing at an advanced level. The following content areas are presented: detailed information regarding various instruments used in Optometry and Ophthalmology, specific aspects of optics, detailed information related to lenses for various eye conditions as well as for vocational and specialty lenses, surgical alternatives, analysis and interpretation of selected properties, business practices and professional standards of practice.

Course Content

Geometric Optics II

  1. The refractive power of lenses - advanced including aberrations and distortions
  2. Base curves, lens materials and coatings
  3. Calculate the vertex powers of a lens
  4. Effective & compensated powers due to vertex distance changes
  5. Image jump in bifocals
  6. Prismatic effects in bifocals
  7. Prismatic effects at NVP of multifocal lenses
  8. Vertical prismatic imbalance & correction in any prescription
  9. Prism (wanted and unwanted) with bifocals
  10. Adding prisms together from different meridians
  11. Separating prism into different meridians
  12. Adding two prescriptions together

Visual Optics II

  1. Visual fields and visual pathways
  2. Conditions requiring high powered lenses
  3. Designs of high powered lenses
  4. Lens materials & frames for special prescriptions
  5. Presbyopic corrections - dispensing; lens design/construction
  6. Vocational lenses and Low Vision Aids
  7. Dispensing lenses by solving problems
  8. Refractive surgery - advanced including ALK and Lasik
  9. The refracting process
  10. Ultrasonic scans, cataract surgery and IOLs

Practical Optics II

  1. Terminology related to optical instruments and ophthalmic lenses - advanced
  2. Functions of instruments used in Ophthalmology, Optometry and Contact Lens Fitting including the keratometer, biomicroscope, Radiuscope, phoropter, ophthalmoscope, retinoscope, tonometer, autorefractor and corneal topographer
  3. Neutralization of multifocal and specialty lenses
  4. Interpretation of complex prescriptions
  5. Lens information by manufacturer        
  6. Standards of practice review
  7. Professional ethics
  8. Supervision and responsibility
  9. Client management
  10. Professional selling techniques

Records management

Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture
  2. Application / Calculation exercises in classroom
  3. Independent study of courseware
  4. Independent completion of post tests
  5. Completion of field assignments

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:            

  1. Apply knowledge of multifocal lenses, application of multifocal lenses
  2. Be able to give an in depth analysis of the optics of ophthalmic prisms
  3. Discuss advanced principles of optics and ophthalmic lens design
  4. Discuss, in depth, prescription analysis as it relates to dispensing and ordering eyewear for advanced prescription types
  5. Discuss advanced measurement taking and frame selection for advanced prescription types
  6. Perform an analysis of and calculations on absorptive lenses, vertical imbalance, vertex distance
  7. Perform advanced evaluation of patient needs
  8. Discuss in depth the theories of light, refracting surfaces, effects of refracting mediums on rays of light and an in depth study of magnification
  9. Retain knowledge of intermediate and advanced theory and formulae
  10. Perform intermediate and advanced optical assessments and optical calculations
  11. Describe the visual process in detail as well as label and describe the function of each part of the eye
  12. Describe appropriate patient care – ocular pathology and treatment
  13. Discuss basic optical business management, current eye care trends and practices

course prerequisites

DOPT 1100 + DOPT 1112


DOPT 1210 + DOPT 1212

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.