Module Overview

Contact Lens Practice 1

This module introduces students to contact lenses, providing them with the basic science underpinning contact lenses. An understanding of the basic principles of patient assessment for contact lens wear and their application will be acquired. Further development of the theoretical and clinical application will be developed in contact lens practice two. These skills will assist the student in advising patients in the Primary Care Clinic 1 regarding contact lenses.

Module Code

OPTO 2804

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Introduction to contact lenses including history and development of contact lenses

Keratometry and ocular dimensions

Slit Lamp and dry eye assessment tests

Rigid corneal lens (RCL) and soft contact lens verification and ordering

Basic contact Lens Optics: soft and RGP

Contact lens care systems

Contact lens materials and manufacture

Contact lens-related anterior segment anatomy and physiology

Soft Spherical Contact Lens Fitting

Patient assessment for contact lens wear

Patient selection: advantages and disadvantages of contact lens wear and indications and contraindications for fitting

The CORU Optical Registration Board Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.


The CORU Standards of Proficiency for Optometrists are covered, wholly or in part, in this module within the following domains 1. Professional Autonomy and Accountability, 3. Safety and Quality and 5. Professional Knowledge and Skills.

Lectures, clinical laboratories, tutorials, web-based materials and sites, self-directed learning and directed learning.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50