What to Expect
The Contact Lens program is a one-year, independent study program for licensed opticians. This program is an advanced practice, requiring students to have successfully completed the Eyeglasses program and be a licensed optician in good standing with the provincial regulatory body. In addition to one year of theory, a clinical is required.
This clinical consists of on-the-job training, allowing students to complete the clinical aspect of the program. This portion of your training is accomplished under the direct supervision of a practicing contact lens practitioner, optometrist or ophthalmologist. The work experience is recorded through the clinical environment, where an inventory of competencies must be observed.
This program is intently focused on the fitting of contact lenses. Introduction and refinement of the art and science of contact lens fit, design, care and management of both soft and hard lenses is taught. Emphasis on specialty lenses and follow-up procedures will also be examined.
Two optional seminars are offered to students in Alberta to supplement course material and assist students in the practical aspect of the program.
This program is primarily taught online using Moodle, an e-learning system. The system allows students to participate in online discussions, view and print class notes, and apply theory through exercises and quizzes.
Students living further than 175 km away from Edmonton or Calgary may declare distance status, allowing them to write the final exams in an approved alternate exam location on the same day and time as scheduled examinations in Edmonton and Calgary.