Refractometry - RE11

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Valdosta Campus

Program Overview

The Refractometry Technical Certificate is designed to meet the needs of the student that is interested in/or currently employed in the Optical field. This certificate introduces the student to the eye care field and the profession of Optometry.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores (Please see the Student Catalog for acceptable placement test scores).
  • This program begins every Fall semester on the Valdosta campus.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Occupational Courses (23 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces students to the eye-care field and the profession of Opticianry. Emphasis is placed on the scope of activities performed by opticians. Topics include: scope and practice of a licensed optician; eye-care professions; major divisions of Opticianry; basic ocular anatomy; light and refraction; vision problems; corrective lenses; and national and state regulations.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Develops students' knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the eye. Emphasis is placed on the corneal metabolism and its accommodation of a contact lens. Topics include: anatomy of the eye; physiology of the eye; eye diseases and abnormalities; anterior and posterior segments; drugs and treatment methods; and ophthalmic terminology.

Prereqs: OPHD 1010, Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces students to properties of light and the laws of geometrical optics. Emphasis is placed on understanding major theories of light and the principles of plane and curved surfaces of mirrors and lenses. Topics include: light and vision; refraction; lens modified light; and lens systems.

Prereqs: OPHD 1020, Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces students to the contact lens field. Emphasis is placed on the development of contact lenses to correct visual defects, types of contact lenses, and consumer selection. Topics include: safety and environmental procedures; contact lens history; contact lens instruments;, contact lens terminology; corneal topography; lens types, prefitting evaluation, examination and patient/lens selection; adverse effects of lens wear; lens selection, inspection and verification; fitting guidelines and regulations; and follow-up care.

Prereqs: OPHD 1010, OPHD 1020, OPHD 1030

Coreqs: None

The course will present the fundamentals, terminology and practical procedures used in determining the powers of corrective lenses in relation to a patient's refractive error. Emphasis will be placed on the theory and use of the phoropter, retinoscope and automated refraction instruments. Problems associated with changes in refractive powers will be discussed and demonstrated.

Prereqs: OPHD 1080, Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course continues students' study of contact lenses with emphasis on rigid and gas permeable trial and prescriptive lens fitting techniques. Topics include: lens selection; inspection and verification; fitting guidelines and regulations; follow-up care; soft lens care and storage; fitting specialty rigid lenses; rigid lens care and storage; and fitting specialty soft contact lenses.