This course provides learning opportunities in contact lenses and optical technologies at an advanced level. Students will apply knowledge and skills from related theory and laboratory courses to the clinical dispensary. Students will continue their clinical practice in a retail contact lens practice or the on campus clinic. They will complete their clinical skills under the direct supervision of a program approved licensed eyecare professional.
Refraction, Automated Sight Testing and Over-Refraction with Contact Lenses
- Laboratory objectives
- Laboratory hygiene
- Office Instruments
Soft and Gas Permeable Lens Types, Materials Characteristics, and Fitting Relationship to Ocular Health
Soft and Gas Permeable Lens Solution Properties, Chemical Compounds, and Relationship to Ocular Health
Contaminants, Complications, and Contraindications Related to Ocular Health
Lens Damage and the Relationship to Fitting Complications
Soft and Gas Permeable Specialty Materials and Fitting Applications
- Phoropter and Trial lens acuity set
- Mathematical calculations
- Verifying spherical lens correction
- Verifying toric lens correction
- Verifying presbyopic corrections
- Visual acuity complication
- Co-manage and recognize when to refer to an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, or MD
Soft and Gas Permeable Lens Design Analysis and Parameter Modification
Boutique Dispensing Strategies
- Keratoconus lenses
- Astigmatic lenses
- Piggy - Back lenses
- Aphakic lenses
- Pediatric lenses
- Orthokeratology lenses
Methods of Instruction
- Independent study of courseware
- Independent completion of online self-assessment quizzes
- Completion of field assignments
- Participation in online Discussion Forums
Means of Assessment
The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.
Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate progressive competency with the use of instruments for soft and gas permeable contact lens fitting and analysis
- Demonstrate the steps of a typical soft or gas permeable lens pre-fit evaluation, diagnostic fitting, and post-fit evaluation
- Demonstrate proper soft and gas permeable lens care and hygiene
- Access online pharmaceutical information on ocular medications
- Perform gas permeable lens parameter modifications
- Perform an over-refraction process in a typical contact lens fitting
- Describe and perform an automated sight-tight testing procedure
- Describe the steps in a refraction assessment
- Describe and perform important steps in boutique eyeglass and contact lens strategies
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.
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.
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