Alaska Administrative Code
Title 12 - Professional Regulations
Part 1 - Boards and Commissions Subject to Centralized Licensing
Chapter 30 - Board of Dispensing Opticians
Article 2 - Examinations and Licensing
Section 12 AAC 30.120 - Apprentice training

Universal Citation: 12 AK Admin Code 12 AAC 30.120

Current through December 14, 2023

(a) Apprenticeship training under AS 08.71.110 relating to spectacles must include instruction in the following subject areas:

(1) customer relations, including communication and interaction;

(2) knowledge and application of basic optical concepts and principles;

(3) knowledge and application of practical anatomy and physiology;

(4) knowledge and implications of common ophthalmic disorders;

(5) knowledge of frame and lens materials and application of materials based on the selection of ophthalmic products;

(6) applicable statutes and regulations relating to the practice of dispensing opticianry in the state;

(7) customer instruction on the care and use of ophthalmic products, with emphasis on health and safety;

(8) interpretation of prescriptions;

(9) proper fitting of spectacles to the customer;

(10) selection of spectacles with consideration of the customer's lifestyle, occupation, cosmetic needs, and the availability of ophthalmic products;

(11) knowledge and application of instruments and measurements necessary to fit or adjust spectacles to the customer;

(12) knowledge and use of optical equipment to verify specifications of optical goods, including a lensometer, calipers, lens clock, and other measuring devices;

(13) management skills necessary for record keeping, billing, and the ordering of optical goods and supplies;

(14) knowledge and use of aseptic techniques.

(b) Apprenticeship training under AS 08.71.110 relating to contact lens must include instruction in the following subject areas:

(1) customer relations, including communication and interaction;

(2) knowledge and application of basic optical concepts and principles;

(3) knowledge and application of practical anatomy and physiology;

(4) knowledge and implications of common ophthalmic disorders;

(5) applicable statutes and regulations relating to the practice of dispensing opticianry in the state;

(6) interpretation of prescriptions;

(7) obtaining and documenting the customer's relevant medical history through oral interview and records;

(8) assessment of the technical aspects of the customer's ocular status for contact lens wear by using instruments or other methods to determine appropriate contact lens options;

(9) knowledge of instruments used to determine the customer's contact lens options, including proper calibration of instruments, evaluation of instrument readings and application to the customer's needs;

(10) selection of contact lens material and design based on previously gathered information to conduct diagnostic lens evaluation, if trial fitting is deemed beneficial;

(11) insertion of trial contact lens material and evaluation of subjective and objective findings to determine appropriate lens selection;

(12) determination of contact lens parameters using the results obtained from the diagnostic contact lens trial fitting and evaluation of the objective findings and the customer's subjective responses to fitting so that the appropriate contact lens may be ordered;

(13) knowledge of instruments and recognized standards necessary to verify contact lens parameters by comparing contact lens ordered to assure accuracy;

(14) education of the customer on all aspects of contact lens wear including disinfection, storage, care, maintenance of contact lenses and supplies, and wearing schedules by providing verbal and written instructions and hands on practice with contact lenses to encourage compliance.

(c) Repealed 2/26/2003.

(d) Repealed 2/26/2003.

(e) Repealed 2/26/2003.

Eff. 11/7/98, Register 148; am 5/25/2000, Register 154; am 2/26/2003, Register 165

Authority:AS 08.71.055

AS 08.71.110

AS 08.71.160

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