The Contact Lens course curriculum begins with an introduction to contact lenses including historical developments and the designs and various materials of contact lenses. The ocular anatomy, physiology and pathology are reviewed along with a thorough discussion of the potential adverse effects of contact lenses. The main contact lens concepts and principles are surveyed. This includes topics such as transposition review, vertex distance, the lacrimal lens, and calculating the power of a lens. 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 that are possible with rigid lenses are 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 a contact lens fitter.
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.