The Spectacle course curriculum begins with a survey of the optical field, including the history and the various eye care professions. The ocular anatomy, physiology and pathology are covered, along with a thorough discussion of the concepts and principles of the field. This includes topics such as the optical cross, refraction, and prism. The course continues with presenting frame and lens information, including various designs, styles, materials, and properties. Optical instrumentation is discussed, which includes a survey of the components, functions, and use of a lensometer, corneal reflex pupilometer, and lens tracer and edger, among other key instruments. The standards and regulations are also covered with an emphasis on the agencies, tolerances, and rules pertaining to an optician. The course concludes with discussions of eyewear handling, selling, and management skills. Topics such as troubleshooting, inventory, and office flow are discussed.
The course consists of 7 modules, and a total of 22 lessons. There are a variety of quizzes, totaling 315 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 National Opticianry Competency Exam administered by the American Board of Opticianry (“ABO”) and examinations for state licensure.