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BSc. Ophthalmic Dispensing

BSc. Ophthalmic Dispensing (Optician)

The ophthalmic dispenser is also known as an optician is a licensed healthcare professional, who has been trained to determine, in discussion with their patients, the best optical device(s) that will meet their visual needs.  They interpret the prescription, design, fit, and dispense eyeglasses including sunglasses, contact lenses, low vision aids, prosthetic ocular devices, etc.  They also monitor the device to make sure it continues to work properly over time.  They work collaboratively with Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. The BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing programme at Klintaps College comprises systematic instruction in all aspects of work in the profession. It includes both theoretical and laboratory training in eyewear dispensing skills, contact lens skills, lens finishing techniques, and lens surfacing, as well as in sales techniques, basic business operations, and communications. Instructions in low vision aids, prosthetics, and physician assisting skills are also covered

Objectives

The objectives of the programme are to train Ophthalmic dispensers (Opticians) who can:

  • Receive and perform appropriate optical examinations.
  • Advice on client lens type and also fit contact lenses
  • Produce smart and effective optical devices locally.
  • Craft ocular prosthesis
  • Troubleshoot and maintain optical equipment
  • Advice on eye care and eye care products
  • Supervise trainee dispensing opticians.
  • Undertake the day-to-day management of the optical practice
  •  Plan and administer the development of the business, including marketing activities;
  • Observe infection control and prevention principles in ophthalmic dispensing practices.
  • Assist in research in ophthalmic dispensing practices.
  • Working hand-in-hand with other eye care professionals to save sight.
  •  Assist in undertaking research that may contribute to effective management of refractive errors and maintenance of good sight;
  •  Give public education on eye protection and maintenance of good eye health.

Work environment

Our graduates can work in any of the following settings

  • Academic Institutions – Universities, Polyclinics, Nursing Training Colleges
  • Ghana Health Services – Hospitals, Polyclinics
  • Private Health Institutions
  • CHAG Health Institutions
  • Research Institutions
  • Industries

Career Outlook

Employment for ophthalmic dispensers (opticians) is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2025. An increase in demand for corrective lenses is expected due to growth in the population of middle-aged and older adults