SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B521621
Module Leader Uma Shahani
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will develop an understanding of occupational visual requirements and eye protection regulations, lighting, colour vision and special optical appliances contact lenses to a level appropriate for a Dispensing Optician not registered to fit contact lenses.


Introduction to module and coursework details Special optical appliances Clinical decision making Real world clinical dispensing problem solving; dispensing the commercial world Light sources; types; efficacy; lighting terminology & units; inverse square and cosine laws Colour; Hue, luminosity, saturation Common occupational visual requirements Personal eye protection; limitations of spectacle eye protectors; principal British Standards; relevance of other BS; types of device; types of hazard Other occupational and recreational spectacles Colour vision: common tests and their use; types and names of common anomalies; significance; use of spectacles for colour vision deficiencies. Contact lenses: Corneal contour measurement; types of lens; materials; benefits and disadvantages; presbyopic correction; overview of therapeutic use; initial lens selection and fitting of RGP and soft contact lens patients; design, parameters and relationship to corneal contour; patient selection; hygiene; risk factors and advice; the adaptation process; significance of aftercare; contact lens insertion and removal by the patient or carer; insertion and removal by the Dispensing Optician.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to: Demonstrate communication skills.Demonstrate understanding of optical appliances beyond that of routine Dispensing practice.Demonstrate understanding of lighting and illumination.Use of an evidence-based approach to the supply of optical appliancesDemonstrate an understanding of colour and colour visionDemonstrate and understanding of contact lens practiceInsert and remove contact lenses

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Using concepts delivered within the module, students will develop their ability to communicate the module content to others, both their professional peers and the lay public. Module-specific on-line resources, conventional lectures, tutorials and laboratories will be used to develop a foundation of knowledge with directed study tasks expanding this to that expected of a Dispensing Optician

Indicative Reading

AOP Reference Handbook. AOP (current year). Available online ( Anshel J (1998) Visual Ergonomics in the Workplace. Taylor & Francis. Anshel J (2005) Visual Ergonomics Handbook. Hoboken, CRC Press BS EN ISO 21987:2009. Ophthalmic optics. Mounted spectacle lenses BS EN 165:2005 Personal eye-protection. Vocabulary BS EN 166:2002 Personal eye protection. Specifications BS EN 167:2002 Personal eye protection. Optical test methods (work in hand) BS EN 168:2002 Personal eye-protection. Non-optical test methods (work in hand) BS EN 169; 2002 Personal eye protection- filters for welding and related techniques- transmittance requirements and recommended use BS EN 170:2002 Personal eye-protection. Ultraviolet filters. Transmittance requirements and recommended use BS EN 171:2002 Personal eye-protection. Infrared filters. Transmittance requirements and recommended use BS EN 172:1995 Specification for sunglare filters used in personal eye-protectors for industrial use BS EN 174:2001 Personal eye-protection. Ski goggles for downhill skiing BS EN 175:1997 Personal protection. Equipment for eye and face protection during welding and allied processes BS EN 207:1999 Personal eye-protection. Filters and eye-protectors against laser radiation (laser eye-protectors)(current, work in hand) BS EN 208:1999 Personal eye-protection. Eye-protectors for adjustment work on lasers and laser systems (laser adjustment eye-protectors) (current, work in hand) BS EN 379:2003 Personal eye-protection. Automatic welding filters Cubbidge R (2010 et seq) Ophthalmic Lens Data, SC Hardy & Co Jalie M (1998-2009et seq) Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing, All Editions, Butterworth-Heinemann Loran DFC, MacEwan C J (1995) Sports Vision, Butterworth-Heinemann. North RV (2001): Work and the Eye. Oxford University Press, Oxford . Pitts DG, Kleinstein R N (1993) Environmental Vision: Interactions of the eye, vision, and the environment. Butterworth-Heinemann. Smith NA (1999) Lighting for Occupational Optometry. H & H Scientific Consultants. Walsh G (2011 et seq). Programme specific document "Spectacles"

Transferrable Skills

Report writing; communication skills; information search and retrieval skills; risk evaluation skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 151.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 40.00 35% unseen written paper
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 35% class tests
Course Work 02 n/a 30.00 35% reports