Ophthalmic Technology is a two-year technical program that leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
The curriculum requires a minimum of 69 semester hours of courses. The minimum requirements are 47 semester hours of Career-Technical courses in Ophthalmic Technology and 20 hours of academic courses.
Opticianry is defined as “the art and science of optics as applied to compounding, filling, and adapting of ophthalmic prescriptions, products and accessories.” Opticianry describes the preparation (making) of ophthalmic lenses, setting them into spectacle frames, and dispensing (fitting and delivering) them to the wearer. These acts include a large number of activities or trades, ranging from the mechanical act of lens grinding to the personal service of the selection, fitting, and adjusting of a pair of glasses to an individual’s face, selling, and public relations.
Graduates of Ophthalmic Technology are qualified to work in retail optical stores, optometrist or ophthamologist offices, and wholesale laboratories. They may also choose to open their own optical dispensary.
Students are prepared to sit for the American Board of Opticianry exam. While not required for graduation, it is encouraged.
Ophthalmic Optics I: Study of basic principles of light. Topics covered include anatomy and physiology of the eye, visual conditions of the human eye, and appropriate lens to correct these conditions.
Ophthalmic Dispensing I: Foundation course that will serve as a lecture introduction to ophthalmic dispensing and related areas. Topics include frame parts, selection, lens positioning and insertion, frame fitting, and progressive lenses.
Optical Theory and Instrumentation: In-depth look into the basic theoretical principles of optical theory, as related to lenses, fitting problems, and instrumentation. Such topics as reflection, refraction, magnification, and object-location will be discussed.
Nearly 100% of the students who graduate the program are offered employment in the optical field.
Starting salaries can vary depending on the type and location of the job. The median income for graduates of optical program is about $32,800.