Eyewear Dispensing Specialist (EDS1) Technical Certificate of Credit
Purpose: The Eyewear Dispensing Specialist Program prepares the student to enter the workforce as an optical technician.
Curriculum: Curriculum includes classroom and laboratory instruction in eye anatomy, eyewear fabrication, and lens & frame selection.
Careers: Eyewear Dispensing Specialists
- Submit a completed application and application fee
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript or college transcripts showing successful completion of 60+ semester credits or 72+ quarter credits
- Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
- Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores or GED score of 145 or higher or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a HOPE GPA of 2.6 after the completion of 10th grade. 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.
This program is a HOPE Career Grant eligible program for students who are HOPE Grant eligible. The Career Grant award is a fixed amount per semester based on the number of credit hours taken. Maximum award per term is $500.
|OPHD 1010Introduction to Ophthalmic Optics
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): 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.
|OPHD 1020Eye Anatomy and Physiology
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): 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.
|OPHD 1060Optical Laboratory Technique I
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 4 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 6 Pre-requisite(s): OPHD 1010 Co-requisite(s): None Introduces students to the operations involved in lens fabrication. Emphasis is placed on gaining knowledge of equipment requirements and developing surfacing and finishing techniques. Topics include: safety and environmental procedures and lens processing terminology; lens surfacing and finishing equipment; lens blank selection and layout; lens surfacing techniques; lens finishing techniques; lens final insertion and mounting techniques; and standard alignment, inspection of lenses and lensometer operation.
|OPHD 1070Optical Laboratory Technique II
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 4 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 6 Pre-requisite(s): OPHD 1060 Co-requisite(s): None This course continues students study of lens fabrication. Emphasis is placed on using specialized lens materials and multifocal surfacing and finishing techniques. Topics include: specialized lens fabrication; multifocal lens positioning; inspection of multifocal lenses; optical calculations; frame repairs; optical equipment maintenance; advanced optical calculations, and high index lenses.
|OPHD 2120Lens Selection
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 4 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): OPHD 1010 Co-requisite(s): None This course introduces students to techniques of ophthalmic sales and emphasizes effective consumer service. Topics include: managed care terminology; information gathering; information technology; communicating with consumers, prescribers and suppliers; ophthalmic sales skills; effective consumer services and problem solving; and lens finishing. This course continues students study of eyewear dispensing techniques. Emphasis is placed on gaining clinical experience in providing service to the eyewear consumer. Topics include: prescription lens materials; lens positioning; multifocal lenses; absorptive lenses; special lens coatings; prescription lens selection; lens finishing; use and care of eyewear; matching lenses to consumer needs; optical, physiological, and psychological problems; applied lensmeter techniques; information gathering; and ophthalmic sales skill.
|OPHD 2090Frame Selection
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): None Introduces students to frame selection and dispensing techniques. Emphasis is placed on gaining clinical experience in providing service to the eyewear consumer. Topics include: ocular measurements; frame selection; frame materials; eyewear fitting techniques; frame adjustment; administrative procedures; lens finishing; matching frames to consumer needs; managed care terminology; information technology; communication with consumers, prescribers, and suppliers; effective consumer services; and problem solving.
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