Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for a graduate of the Opticianry program should include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Define the scope of practice of opticians, optometrists, ophthalmologist and other eyecare professionals.
  2. Explain the history of lenses, eyeglasses and Opticianry.
  3. Describe how glass and other optical lens materials are manufactured.
  4. Explain the theories of light and the electromagnetic spectrum.
  5. Analyze the ophthalmic prescription and its parts.
  6. Explain the application and use of the lens cross and flat transposition.
  7. Describe the refractive errors and their correction.
  8. Explain the process of measuring visual acuity.
  9. Identify the use and parts of the lensometer.
  10. Determine the power of the cylinder away from the axis.
  11. Explain prism and how it affects the patient.
  12. Explain Snell’s Law and the index of refraction.  
  13. Explain and demonstrate the steps of the ophthalmic finishing process.
  14. Explain and demonstrate the uses of the lensometer.
  15. Explain basic record keeping procedures.
  16. Identify frame adjustment tools.
  17. Describe techniques of hardening glass lenses, and policies of FDA and ANSI regarding testing of impact resistance.
  18. Explain proper laboratory and workshop safety procedures.
  19. Explain proper handling and techniques for proper environmental handling of optical substances and waste products.
  20. Describe the specialized application of aphakic lenses. 
  21. Define and explain presbyopia and the different lens forms used for correction.
  22. Demonstrate skills in prescription interpretation and analysis.   
  23. Apply ANSI standards to ophthalmic eyewear.            
  24. Describe the procedures used in surfacing lenses.
  25. Explain the applications of specialty lenses.
  26. Demonstrate an understanding of lifestyle dispensing.
  27. Demonstrate clinical dispensing skills.
  28. Understand clinical management skills.*
  29. Explain effective communication skills both verbal and written within the optical industry.
  30. Understand basic optical management procedures.
  31. Describe the use of absorptive lenses.
  32. Understand proper base curve selection.     
  33. Calculate lens edge and center thickness.
  34. Define and describe the parts, styles and materials of current spectacle frames.
  35. Explain the boxing and datum systems of measuring frames and how to interpret frame markings.
  36. Execute accurate monocular and binocular interpupillary measurements.
  37. Describe the six major types of lens aberrations and how they affect vision.
  38. Analyze the special needs of the high myope and high hyperope to include lenses and frames and etc.
  39. Explain properties of visible and invisible light.
  40. Calculate and correct vertical prism at the reading level.
  41. Explain and demonstrate basic bench alignment.
  42. Describe and demonstrate basic frame adjustments.
  43. Demonstrate how to take accurate bifocal, trifocal and progressive height measurements.
  44. Demonstrate the skills of ordering and processing prescription eyewear.
  45. Understand ethical professional conduct for opticians.
  46. Understand the lens coating processes.
  47. Understand the use of current technology at work in the ophthalmic field.  
  48. Understand the need for basic equipment maintenance and repair.
  49. Demonstrate basic frame repairs.             
  50. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the history and development of contact lenses.*
  51. Describe the nomenclature of contact lenses.*
  52. Understand the theory behind the corneal/lens relationship.*
  53. Understand the physiological parameters for fitting contact lenses.*
  54. Understand the human optical system and ocular anatomy.
  55. Demonstrate product knowledge and understanding of the diverse uses of optical  products.

*Outcomes  not covered in certificate program


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