Opticianry (OPT) at Virginia Highlands Community College


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OPT 99 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
OPT 121 - Optical Theory I
Introduces theory and application of ophthalmic lenses. Presents history, basic manufacturing and quality standards of ophthalmic lenses, propagation of light, refraction and dioptric measurements, true power, surface power, nominal lens formula. Explains lens makers' equation, boxing system, spherical lens design, fundamental aspects of cylindrical lenses, sphero-cylinder lens design, and flat and toric transposition.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
OPT 122 - Optical Theory II
Explores the development of multifocal lenses, application of multifocal lenses, survey of current ophthalmic lens, the properties of spherocylinder lenses, and an in-depth analysis of the optics of ophthalmic prisms.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
OPT 151 - Optical Laboratory Theory II
Covers making eyeglasses with advanced prescriptions and frames. Includes verification and neutralization techniques for single vision lens and bifocals, frame repair, accomplishing prescribed prism by decentration, verification and neutralization, semi-rimless glasses, and multi-focal glasses. Prerequisite: OPT 150 and OPT 152 or equivalent. Co-requisite: OPT 153.
Laboratory 6 hours per week.
3 credits
OPT 153 - Optical Laboratory Clinical II
Provides the clinical component of OPT 151. Presents students with an opportunity to learn clinical skills for optical laboratory tasks at the advanced level under the direction and supervision of a preceptor. Emphasizes accuracy and the attainment of skills that meet acceptable professional standards. Prerequisite: OPT 150 and OPT 152 or equivalent. Co-requisite: OPT 151.
Laboratory 6 hours per week.
3 credits
OPT 160 - Optical Dispensing Theory I
Introduces the student to the skills necessary for becoming a dispensing optician. Includes the history of the profession, patient/client measurements, frame and lens materials, frame and lens selection, prescription analysis, and adjustment techniques. Prerequisite: OPT 121 or equivalent. Co-requisite: OPT 165.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
OPT 199 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
OPT 260 - Optical Dispensing Theory II
Focuses on the development and refinement of the skills necessary for student to become a licensed dispensing optician, including patient/client measurements, frame and lens materials, frame and lens selection, prescription analysis, and adjustment techniques. Prerequisite: OPT 160 and OPT 165. Co-requisite: OPT 271.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
OPT 271 - Optical Dispensing Clinical II
Focuses on the development and refinement of the skills necessary for students to become a licensed dispensing optician, including patient/client measurements, frame and lens materials, frame and lens selection, prescription analysis, and adjustment techniques. Serves as the clinical component of OPT 260. Prerequisite: OPT 160 and OPT 165 or equivalent. Co-requisite: OPT 260.
Laboratory 4-12 hours per week.
2-3 credits
OPT 272 - Optical Dispensing Clinical III
Focuses on the development and refinement of the skills necessary for students to become a licensed dispensing optician, including patient/client measurements, frame and lens materials, frame and lens selection, prescription analysis, and adjustment techniques. Prerequisite: OPT 260 and OPT 271 or equivalent.
Laboratory 12 hours per week.
3 credits
OPT 273 - Contact Lens Theory I
Introduces basic concepts and techniques of contact lens fitting, contact lens design, contact lens materials, and contact lens nomenclature. Covers contact lens insertion and removal techniques, and basic slit lamp and keratometry skills. Prerequisite: NAS 176 or OMP 105 or equivalent.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
OPT 274 - Contact Lens Theory II
Explores soft spherical and gas permeable contact lens fitting philosophies. Tolerances and designs. Develops the student's patient evaluation skills, patient training skills and skills for evaluating the fit and verification of contact lenses. Prerequisite: OPT 273.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
OPT 280 - Contact Lens Clinical
Promotes the development of clinical skills in fundamental contact lens tasks at the entry level under the direction and supervision of a preceptor. Emphasizes professional standards. Prerequisite: OPT 274 or equivalent.
Laboratory 6 hours per week.
3 credits
OPT 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits