Ophthalmic Dispensing - Associate Degree at Interboro Institute - Washington Heights
This program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Aaccreditation 8665 Sudley Road #341 Manassas VA 20110. The ophthalmic dispenser is an eye care professional who fills prescriptions for corrective eyewear in accordance with an ophthalmologist or optometrists determination. The ophthalmic dispenser combines an in-depth study of optics and anatomy with dispensing knowledge and fabricating skill to ensure that each patient receives a properly fitted pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses. The program prepares the student for national certifying examinations given by the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners. Certification and graduation establish eligibility for entrance to the New York State Professional Licensing Examination for Ophthalmic Dispensing.On-campus laboratories and dispensaries resemble those encountered in the optical industry. An on-site clinical internship provides patient contact and dispensing experience. Students train on state-of-the-art instrumentation and machinery, gaining competence in all aspects of opticianry from fabrication to the dispensing of the finished product. The program emphasizes ethics and professionalism.