Module Overview

Contact Lenses and Anterior Eye Disorders

This module introduces dispensing optics 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. They will also learn about anterior eye disorder identification, referral and patient recommendations

Module Code

OPTO 2811

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

RGP and soft contact lens verification and ordering

Contact lens care systems

Contact lens materials

Contact lens-related anterior segment anatomy and physiology

Contact lens insertion and removal

Identify and implement differential diagnoses for symptoms and signs of commonly-encountered anterior ocular diseases and injuries of the lids, lashes, pre-ocular tear film, conjunctiva, cornea, iris, anterior chamber, crystalline lens.

Identify, initiate and facilitate appropriate referral pathways for patients with commonly-encountered anterior ocular diseases and injuries, including appropriate communications with other healthcare and eyecare professionals along these pathways. Appropriate record-keeping in relation to assessment and referral of commonly-encountered anterior ocular diseases and injuries.

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

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