Ophthalmic Dispensing Practice

Subject OPTO30006 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 lectures (two per week), 24 hours of practical classes and 12 hours of tutorial/computer-aided learning (CAL)
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Enrolment into this subject is only by invitation of the Head of Department.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Students may only gain credit for one of

  • 655-351 Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing
  • 655-359 Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing (prior to 2008)
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering applications for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005) and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, this subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Ms Alexandra Jaworski, Prof Neville Mcbrien


Email: nmcbrien@unimelb.edu.au

Email: aaja@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Optometry. Enrolment into this subject is only by invitation of the Head of Department.

This subject will apply the optical design knowledge and skills obtained in the prerequisite subjects to the design, function, prescribing and dispensing of ophthalmic spectacle frames and lenses. On completion of this subject, students will have a detailed understanding of the manufacture and design of spectacle frames and how to adjust and repair plastic and metal frames. Students should gain a practical working knowledge of the optical performance characteristics of ophthalmic lenses. In addition, students should be made familiar with the properties of lens materials and the indications for their use. Students should also gain the knowledge to dispense both simple and complex prescriptions and check dispensed spectacles and lenses to required standards.

Objectives: On completion of this subject students should have a comprehensive knowledge of the properties of ophthalmic frame and lens materials; the optics and design of multifocal lenses, in particular progressive addition lenses, relating both to their design and wearer performance. Students should have an understanding of magnification effects of lenses, and the properties of absorptive lenses; safety lenses; and modern ophthalmic dispensing instruments and techniques. The practical classes will familiarise students with the practical aspects of ophthalmic dispensing. Computer-aided learning will include a series of ophthalmic problems that are completed during the semester.

Four 5-minute multiple choice tests conducted during semester (5%); Computer-aided learning (CAL) problems, including two short written assignments (200 words each), completed throughout the semester (5%); a 100-minute practical examination in ophthalmic lenses and dispensing in the examination period (20%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (70%).

Satisfactory completion of the CALs (minimum mark required 75%) and the final exam is necessary to pass the subject

Prescribed Texts:
  • W. Brooks & I M Borish, System for Ophthalmic Dispensing, 3rd Ed 2007

An additional reference list will be provided

Recommended Texts:

M Jalie, Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing, Butterworths, 2008.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Optometry.

Enrolment into this subject is only by invitation of the Head of Department.

This subject was previously known as 655-351 Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing (prior to 2011)

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Optometry
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Vision Science (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)

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