Regulations of the Commissioner
From Part 52, Registration of Curricula
§ 52.28 Ophthalmic Dispensing
- Definitions. As used in this section:
- Professional ophthalmic dispensing content area shall
mean coursework, which includes but is not limited to,
each of the following curricular areas:
- ocular anatomy, physiology, and pathology;
- ophthalmic lens design and types;
- ophthalmic medical technology;
- theory of optics and refraction;
- patients' subjective signs and symptoms;
- prescription interpretation and analysis, including application of required instruments and equipment;
- ocular pharmacology;
- lens applications;
- lens fitting and adjusting techniques;
- clinical experience in ophthalmic dispensing; which may occur in an internship or externship;
- contact lens application, patient education and follow-up care;
- optics and contact lenses;
- contact lens fitting and adjusting techniques;
- ocular prostheses and devices;
- ethics of ophthalmic dispensing;
- safety, protective, and environmental requirements; and
- clinical experience in contact lens fitting, which may occur in an internship or externship.
- General education content area shall mean coursework which
includes, but is not limited to, each of the following curricular
- basic science;
- communications (including oral and written English);
- behavioral science; and
- computer studies.
- Professional ophthalmic dispensing content area shall mean coursework, which includes but is not limited to, each of the following curricular areas:
- In addition to meeting all applicable provisions of this Part, to be registered as a program leading to licensure in ophthalmic dispensing and certification to fit contact lenses that fulfills the requirements of section 67.1 of this Title, such program shall consist of at least 60 semester hours or its equivalent, including a minimum of 30 semester hours or its equivalent in the professional ophthalmic dispensing content area, and a minimum of 20 semester hours or its equivalent in the general education contact area.
- Clinical facilities. A written contract or agreement shall be executed between the educational institution conducting the ophthalmic dispensing program and the clinical facility or agency which is designated to cooperate in providing the clinical experience, which shall set forth the responsibilities of each party, and shall be signed by the responsible officer of each party.