Module Overview

Optical Dispensing 1

This intermediate module provides the student with an understanding of the principles of progressive ophthalmic lenses, lens tints and coatings and knowledge of their performance. It will enable students to analyse the suitability of frame and lens materials in a variety of clinical situations. Clinical dispensing will occur as part of the supervised practice placement in year 3/4.This module is a single module in semester 1.

Module Code

OPTO 2806

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Spectacle frame selection and fitting: cosmetic and practical aspects, facial measurements.                  

Progressive lenses: background and development, manufacture, design factors, dispensing and fitting of progressive lenses, patient education, problem-solving and remediation

lens coatings and tints: reflections from lens surfaces, destructive interference, surface anti-reflection coatings:

types and manufacture, lens surface coatings, tints: types and methods of production, indications for prescribing tints, relevant standards

ophthalmic lenses: international standards, checking finished lenses, prescription considerations

aspheric and lenticular lenses

Lectures, practicals, computer-based learning, readings and self-directed learning

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40