OPS 103 Ophthalmic Fabrication I

3 credits (PREREQUISITE: ADMISSION TO THE OPHTHALMIC SCIENCE PROGRAM)

This is the first essential course in how to fabricate eyewear based on a doctor’s prescription and a patient’s visual needs. This course begins by providing a knowledge base in applied geometric and ophthalmic optics. Students study lens materials (plastic, glass, polycarbonate, high index) and designs (single vision, bifocals, progressive/no-line multifocals). The use of instrumentation that determines lens powers is also covered, culminating with an introduction to the use of fabrication equipment that grind ophthalmic lenses to fit into frames. (F)