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Access Courses – Optics and Dispensing

Introduction to the eye; How the eye works; Maths revision; Electromagnetic spectrum, refractive index and refraction of light; Spherical lenses; Optical correction of refractive errors; Lens measure and lens thickness; Prescriptions and their transposition; Prisms; Bifocal and Multifocal Lenses; Lens materials and their properties; Lens tints and coatings; Facial and frame measurements; Frame selection and adjustment; Reflection of light

16 weeks

Essential reading
Practical Dispensing (3rd edition) – A I Griffiths

Recommended reading
Optics (2nd edition) –A H Tunnacliffe /J G Hirst



For an information pack with details of the next intake, fees, deadline and an application form contact us by telephone, fax, email, post or via the ABDO College website.


Yes. You will need to have regular access to a computer and the internet as  study material will be provided on a virtual learning platform.


ABDO College has its own bookshop and sell all of the books that you will need for your course. Contact Justin Hall at the ABDO College Bookshop by telephone on 01227 733 904, by email at jhall@abdocollege.org.uk or order online at the ABDO College Bookshop.