Course Number & Name:  OPH 201 Ophthalmic Dispensing I

Credit Hours:  5.0             Contact Hours:  7.5          Lecture:  5.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:   Acceptance into the Vision Care program. Grades of “C” or better in OPH 124 and OPH 127.
Concurrent Courses: Grades of “C” or better in OPH 203

Course Description:  An examination of professional ethics, practices and responsibilities will be followed by an evaluation of absorptive lenses and optical coatings.  The calculation and elimination of vertical imbalance, by various methods, is thoroughly presented.  Lecture and laboratory sessions include techniques in ocular and facial measurements for single vision, multifocal and lenses to correct Aphakia.  Included are proper techniques in adjusting plastic frames and the neutralizing and analysis of completed spectacles.  Practical problems are offered with the goal being development of the skills necessary at the dispensing table.

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

  1. discuss the history, function, and ethics of Ophthalmic Dispensing;
  2. explain and apply optical formulae used in the proper dispensing of ophthalmic appliances; and
  3. practically apply acquired knowledge and skills encompassing all of the optical tools of the Ophthalmic Dispensing trade.


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