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1272.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED), 2001  
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OPTICAL SCIENCE is the study of measuring and assessing vision, and prescribing, preparing and dispensing corrective lenses.

The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the physiology of the eye, the operation of vision testing apparatus, and prescribing, preparing and dispensing visual aids. It also involves developing an ability to assess and evaluate clinical observations to arrive at diagnoses and determine the appropriate courses of action.

Courses in Narrow Field 0609 Optical Science develop skills in:
. advising patients on eye exercises, lighting and visual habits
. operating vision testing apparatus
. performing examinations and visual tests to assess the nature and extent of vision problems and abnormalities
. prescribing, preparing and dispensing visual aids

This narrow field comprises the following detailed fields:

060901  Optometry
060903  Optical Technology
060999  Optical Science, n.e.c.

060901 Optometry

Optometry is the study of measuring and assessing vision, and prescribing lenses for visual correction.

Examples of subjects in this detailed field include:
. vision testing apparatus operation
. ocular diseases and treatment
. vision testing
. visual aids prescription


Orthoptics. This is included in Detailed Field 061799 Rehabilitation Therapies, n.e.c.

060903 Optical Technology

Optical Technology is the study of preparing and dispensing corrective lenses according to prescription.

Examples of subjects in this detailed field include:
. lens design
. lens surfacing
. multifocal lenses

060999 Optical Science, n.e.c.

This detailed field includes all Optical Science not elsewhere classified.

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