Contact Lenses Part 1 - Theory


About the course

This course is for qualified Dispensing Opticians who wish to train and work as a Contact Lens Optician. It is the first of two courses offered by City and Islington College to prepare opticians for the ABDO's Diploma in Contact Lens Dispensing. (The second course, linked to below, focuses on the practical skills needed for the profession.)

You must have passed all theory and practical examinations of the Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing and already be employed in contact lens dispensing.

The course prepares you for theoretical examinations in Anatomy, Visual Optics, Contact Lens Practice, with laboratory training in Instrumentation and Contact Lens Fitting. Candidates with sufficient practical contact lens experience may attempt the examinations for the Diploma in Contact Lens Dispensing. For those without such experience, City and Islington College offers a complementary course in the practical side of Contact Lens dispensing.

Students do written examinations in Anatomy, Visual Optics and Contact Lens Practice. Successful completion of these exams counts towards half of a Diploma in Contact Lens Dispensing.

You can take the College's complementary practical course in Contact Lenses. Students with a good deal of practical experience can also take the practical exam and qualify for the ABDO's Diploma in Contact Lens Dispensing (FBDO (Hons) CL).

Further Information 1

This is a full-cost course, with no government funding and no concessions. Exam fees are also extra.

Working in Optics is very rewarding

Helena Stengel

Helena Stengel

Studied: Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing

Destination: Working as a Dispensing Optician

Helena Stengel came to London wanting to train as an optician after taking the German equivalent of A Levels. She was sponsored to study Ophthalmic Dispensing Theory at City and Islington is now building on her skills and experience by studying a course on contact lenses at the College while working for an independent opticians called The Eye Place in Belsize Park.

She said: “Working in Optics is very rewarding as you are able to give professional advice and expert customer care to clients. You also work a lot with children and are able to identify any eyesight problems from an early age.”

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09 September 2019

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35 Weeks
Applied Sciences
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Part Time
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Adults (19+)

All full-time courses are FREE to UK and EU residents aged 16-18 on 31 August in their first year of study.

If you are aged 19+ and looking to study a Level 3 or above course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

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