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Course Description

The Contact Lens course curriculum begins with an introduction to contact lenses in addition to providing an overview of historical developments and various contact lens materials and designs. Ocular anatomy, physiology, and pathology are reviewed, along with a thorough discussion of the potential adverse effects that can result from contact lens wear. Main contact lens concepts and principles such as transposition and the lacrimal lens are demonstrated, in addition to calculating vertex distance and lens power. The course continues with instrumentation as well as modification and verification practices. Discussions include a survey of the components, functions, and use of a keratometer, slit lamp, digital corneal topographer, and radiuscope. Fitting methods for soft and rigid lenses are presented as well as the architecture, inspection and verification of each. Descriptions of the in-office modifications possible with rigid lenses are also provided. Dispensing and follow-up procedures are covered, beginning with fitting techniques and assessment. Other topics include, insertion and removal techniques, wearing schedules, follow-up visits, lens care and cleaning, and patient education. The course concludes with discussions of the standards and regulations of the field, with an emphasis on the agencies, tolerances, and rules pertaining to contact lenses and fitting personnel.

The Contact Lens course consists of 6 modules and a total of 19 lessons. There are a variety of quizzes, totaling 295 questions for the student to track their progress and retain information.

In addition to serving as a standalone course preparing opticians for a successful career, this course is designed to help prepare for the Contact Lens Registry Exam administered by the NCLE and examinations for state licensure.

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