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OPH 126 OPHTHALMIC MATERIALS I

OPH 126 Ophthalmic Materials

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  OPH 126 Ophthalmic Materials

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  acceptance into the Vision Care program

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  OPH 123

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the field of ophthalmic optics.  The roles of the Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician, Ophthalmic Dispenser, Optometrist, and Ophthalmologist will be explained.  The course continues with the history of lenses, basic optical terminology, lens characteristics, the metric system, and the refraction of light.  Instructions will also include calculation of lens curvature, lens power, and prism.  The gross anatomy of the eye will be introduced, as well as the use of optical charts and graphs.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. define and explain the fundamental concepts of Ophthalmic Optics; and
  2. explain and apply basic physics concepts and formulae used in Ophthalmic Optics.