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Clinical in Contact Lenses and Optical Technologies III

Course Code: DOPT 2311
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Dispensing Optician
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 4
Learning Format: Lecture, Clinical
Typically Offered: Summer
course overview

This course provides learning opportunities for students to consolidate knowledge and skills gained in all of the second year courses. Students will complete their skills in contact lenses, eyeglasses, and automated sight-testing under direct supervision of a program approved licensed eyecare professional. A one-week on-campus (laboratory and clinical) instruction component may be required near the end of the semester to complete the course. Students will be expected to carry the workload of a beginning Contact Lens Fitter by the conclusion of the course.

Course Content


  1. Assignment to contact lens supervisor
  2. Supervisor policies and objectives
  3. College of Opticians Of British Columbia – Review of the Standards of Practice
  4. Orientation with supervising Contact Lens Fitter

Contact Lens Practice Management

  1. Effective and professional patient communication
  2. Dispensing and contact lens price schedules
  3. Effective and regulative patient record keeping
  4. Resolving patient problems
  5. Doctor / patient follow-up care

Application of Theory and Skills

  1. Contact Lens Fitting Procedures
    • Pre-fit ocular assessment by keratometer and slit lamp biomicroscope examination
    • Recording normal and abnormal conditions of ocular tissue
    • Tear performance test and evaluation
    • Refractive error considerations
    • Trial lens considerations and fitting designs
    • Identifying and resolving physical fitting outcomes by keratometer and slit lamp biomicroscope examination
    • Over-refraction
  2. Contact Lens Design Configuration and Ordering
    • Implemented fitting philosophy
    • Soft and Gas Permeable Lens Design
    • Specialty lens configurations
    • Determination of lens parameters
    • Material requirements
    • Manufacturing requirements
    • Lens parameter verification
  3. Contact Lens Dispensing Procedures
    • Personal hygiene
    • Insertion and removal training
    • Lens movement, centration, and comfort
    • Lens solution requirements
    • Lens care training
    • Patient education
  4. Contact Lens Post-Fit Follow-Up Evaluation
    • Keratometry
    • Slit lamp biomicroscope examination of ocular tissues
    • Slit lamp biomicroscope evaluation of lens fit
    • Corneal staining evaluation
    • Over-refraction for visual acuity
    • Solution compatibility
    • Patient lifestyle compatibility
    • Resolving ocular problems
    • Resolving lens fitting complications
  5. Contraindications To Contact Lens Wear
    • Troubleshooting Allergies
    • Systemic contraindications
    • Referral for further treatment

Methods of Instruction

  1. Lectures
  2. Independent study of courseware
  3. Independent completion of online self-assessment quizzes
  4. Completion of field assignments
  5. Participation in online Discussion Forums
  6. Regular site visits and practical assessments will be conducted by the instructor

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. Perform complete soft and gas permeable initial and follow up contact lens fitting appointments
  2. Perform patient file maintenance on new and previous eyeglass and contact lens patients
  3. Order appropriate eyewear products for eyeglass and contact lens patients
  4. Apply boutique eyeglass and contact lens dispensing strategies when appropriate
  5. Troubleshoot eyeglass and contact lens patients’ issues
  6. Train and educate patients on eyeglass and contact lens care
  7. Communicate effectively and professionally with patients and staff within the clinical practice
  8. Perform appropriate interpersonal skills when handling customer complaints

course prerequisites

DOPT 2201 and DOPT 2211

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.