Canterbury Christ Church University

Foundation Ophthalmic Dispensing

This course is specifically designed for people already employed as trainee Dispensing Opticians.

This Ophthalmic Dispensing course, based at ABDO College, equips optical practice support staff with the skills they need to be effective, reflective practitioners in the modern practice.

On successful completion of the two year Foundation Degree Ophthalmic Dispensing you can progress directly onto the BSc (Hons) (year 3).

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be employed as a trainee Dispensing Optician, for a minimum of 30 hours per week, under the supervision of a suitably qualified professional and have active support of their employer.

Students must become members of the ABDO and register their details with the GOC prior to commencing the course.

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Career Prospects

The Foundation Degree programme equips optical practice support staff with the skills they need to be effective, reflective practitioners in the modern practice, with opportunities to progress through life-long learning.

On successful completion of the FD Ophthalmic Dispensing you can progress directly onto the BSc Hons. At this stage you'll be offered the option of two routes to FBDO and guidance to make an informed choice based on your experience and marks at levels one and two.

The Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing will also articulate with related higher education study in optometry or orthoptics and for progression into the wider health and social care environment.

NB: The Foundation Degree on its own does not confer licence to practice as a Dispensing Optician.

There is a growing demand for Dispensing Opticians throughout the UK and in many counties overseas. Dispensing Opticians can acquire specialist skills in Low Vision or Contact Lenses by undertaking the honours courses offered by the ABDO College. Career opportunities also exist to develop business skills in marketing and practice management. Many Dispensing Opticians seek to run their own business by establishing or acquiring their own practice.

Course Details

You will be introduced to:

  • the basic optical principles of the nature of light, formation of images produced by plane surfaces and the behaviour of light when meeting different media at interfaces that are not plane
  • the structure of the eye, vision, the colour sense and photometry
  • the form and material properties of ophthalmic lenses and the behaviour of plano-prisms and prismatic lenses
  • the interrelationships of frame and facial measurements
  • communication with patients and a patient-focused approach to decision making utilising information in the workplace to support professional development in theory and practice.

Year 1

Foundations for Learning
Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses
Introduction to Optics
Communication in Ophthalmic Practice
Theory of General Optics
Theory of Ophthalmic Lense

Year 2

Standards of Practice
Evidence Based Ophthalmic Practice
Advanced Theory of Ophthalmic Lenses
Theory of Ophthalmic Dispensing
Paediatric Dispensing
Ocular Anatomy and Physiology

Year 3

Principles of Refractive Management
Concepts of Low Vision
Principles of Contact lens wear
Low Vision on Ophthalmic Dispensing
Ophthalmic Practice Theory
Independent Study

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