OPT500 - Contact Lens Instrumentation Refresher

Outline info
Last revision date 2016-07-12 15:59:48.263
Last review date 2016-07-12 15:59:48.265

Subject Title
Contact Lens Instrumentation Refresher

Subject Description
This subject includes a review of contact lens instruments for Intern Opticians preparing to take the Registration Examinations. Students review procedures for the operation of the slit lamp and keratometer.

Credit Status
Special Interest

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.  Recall the protocol for ocular examination using the slit lamp and keratometer.

2.  Demonstrate proficiency in the calibration of a keratometer.

3.  Accurately measure and record corneal curvature.

4.  Demonstrate the primary slit lamp illuminations used in the ocular examination.

5.  Recall the protocol for performing a routine six-month follow up contact lens examination.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Registered Intern Optician status with the College of Opticians of Ontario.

Topic Outline

  • Protocol for taking and recording K readings
  • Hygiene and safe patient handling
  • Using calibration spheres
  • Recommend lens parameters based upon Rx and K readings
Slit Lamp         
  • Protocol for slit lamp examination
  • Hygiene and safe patient handling
  • Slit lamp illuminations/purposes for
Follow-up Exam
  • Required elements of the follow up examination
  • Recording  of findings
  • Patient history/communication
Case Studies   

Mode of Instruction
Classroom discussion, hands-on practice

Reference Material
System for Ophthalmic Dispensing 3rd Edition; C.W. Brooks, I.M. Borish; Elsevier

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D 55%  to  59%
F 0%    to  54% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

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Approved by: Lisa Somers