Optician/Technician Program (AS)
Optician/Technician Program Courses
Optician/Technician Program Courses
- OPT–V 111 Basic Optics (5 cr.) Lectures and Laboratory exercises concerning basic optical principles with the addition of geometrical/theoretical optics.
- OPT–V 121 Ophthalmic Lens Finishing (4 cr.) P: V 111. Lecture and laboratory instruction in the finishing of ophthalmic lenses, including lens selection, decentration, orientation, and mounting. Related lens topics such as lens safety requirements and absorptive lens characteristics are also included. Students must demonstrate the ability to produce a spectacle lens prescription that is both visibly pleasing and optically sound.
- OPT–V 131 Ophthalmic Optics (5 cr.) P: V 111. Optical characteristics and design of standard ophthalmic, single vision, multifocal, absorptive, coated, occupational, low vision, and sports vision lenses; prescription verification; prismatic effects; and lens decentration.
- OPT–V 151 Ophthalmic Procedures 1 (4 cr.) Techniques and theory used in optometric practice, including case history, visual acuity, refractive errors, keratometry and ophthalmometry, visual fields, color vision, eye movements, binocular vision, accommodation, convergence and divergence, visual axis deviation, strabismus, visual pathway, and pupillary reflexes.
- OPT–V 153 Ophthalmic Dispensing (4 cr.) Areas of study will include frame types and parts; facial measurements for fitting; functional and cosmetic aspects of frame selection; and frame alignment, adjusting, and repair.
- OPT–V 174 Office Procedures (4 cr.) Office procedures as applied to an ophthalmic practice, including telephone etiquette, appointment systems, bookkeeping, payroll records, third-party systems, recalls, computers, and other business management methods.
- OPT–V 201 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye (3 cr.) The cell; the structure and function of the visual system, including the eye, the orbit and adnexa; the visual pathway; the nervous system and brain; ocular motility; ocular reflexes.
- OPT–V 210 Fabrication Practicum I (3 cr.) P: V 121 and V 131. Students are offered practical experience in all phases of the operation of a prescription optical laboratory. Theory in ophthalmic prescription work is combined with the development of skills necessary to assure that finished eyewear will be both optically correct and aesthetically pleasing.
- OPT–V 211 Fabrication Practicum II (3 cr.) P: V 210. C: V 221. Students are offered practical experience in all phases of the operation of a prescription optical laboratory. Theory in ophthalmic prescription work is combined with the development of skills necessary to assure that finished eyewear will be both optically correct and aesthetically pleasing.
- OPT–V 221 Ophthalmic Lens Surfacing and Optics (4 cr.) P: V 121, V 131. Theory and practice of ophthalmic optics, spectacle lens surfacing, and selected topics of interest to the ophthalmic community. Subjects include single vision, multifocal and progressive addition lenses, base curves, lens thickness, application of prism, correction of vertical imbalance, high-powered lens prescriptions, aspheric lenses, and aniseikonia.
- OPT–V 232 Contact Lens Methods and Procedures (4 cr.) P: V 131. Contact lens patient evaluation; instruction in insertion, removal, and hygiene; lens design, ordering, verification, and modification; lens materials, care products, and complications; an introduction to specialty lenses.
- OPT–V 251 Ophthalmic Procedures 2 (3 cr.) P: C- or above in V 151. Further principles and techniques used in ophthalmic practice, including glaucoma and tonometry, hypertension and measurement of blood pressure, diabetes, ocular pathology, ocular pharmacology, biomicroscopy, vision screening, blindness and partial sight, low-vision aids.
- OPT–V 254 Clinic Practicum 1 (4 cr.) P: V 121 and a grade of C- or above in V 131 and V 153. Clinical experience in frame selection, dispensing, adjustment, verification, and repair of eyewear.
- OPT–V 255 Clinic Practicum 2 (3 cr.) P: V121 and a grade of C- or above in V 131, V 151, V 153, and V 251. Practical application of technical and managerial skills learned in courses and laboratories by assisting clinicians and instructors in the optometry clinics.
- OPT–V 256 External Clinics (3 cr.) P: V 121 and a grade of C- or above in V 131, V 151, V 153, and V 251. Practical application of clinical skills by assisting clinicians and consultants in the external clinics.
- OPT–V 269 Selected Studies (3 cr.) The student selects a clinical area of interest for further study.
- OPT–V 275 Topical Seminar (1 cr.) Selected topics of interest.
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