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AVC Offers Comprehensive Dispenser Program

Rodenstock has planned a comprehensive seminar series for optical dispensers that will run during Australian Vision Convention on the Gold Coast from 13 –13 April.

Nicola Peaper, Sales and Professional Services Manager at Rodenstock, said the diverse topics to be covered are integral to the role of optical dispensers and to a practice’s ability to provide holistic eye care to patients of all ages and with diverse visual needs.

being informed of the different categories of safety eyewear available… will enable dispensers to have informed conversations with patients

Topics are:
• Controlling light: transmission, reflection and absorption, presented by Nicola Peaper,
• Vertex distance: every millimetre counts, presented by Steven Darras, course coordinator in optical dispensing, TAFE,
• Low vision aids: blood, diaphoresis and lachrymation, presented by John Billings, NZ dispensing optician, and
• Safety first, presented by Trent McInerney, director of RxSafety.
• Delegates will be invited to bring along details and questions about their most challenging lens cases for discussion by the experts at the close of the program.

“We’re really excited about this program which will provide dispensers with valuable knowledge for day to day work in practice,” said Ms Peaper. “Vertex distance, for example, is an old topic that needs to be talked about because it is often forgotten and can make a significant difference to a patient’s vision correction.

“Safety eyewear is an enormous opportunity for dispensing that is often overlooked. Many consumers remain unaware that prescription safety eyewear is available. Understanding the enormous research and development that goes into developing safety eyewear to meet Australian Standards certification, and being informed of the different categories of safety eyewear available to meet the needs of different activities, at work, home and for sport, will enable dispensers to have informed conversations with patients.

“Low vision is another opportunity for dispensers to assist patients in practice, by advising on aids like magnifiers for close up work as vision deteriorates.”

Ms Peaper’s presentation will inform dispensers about how lens selection can influence light transmission, reflection and absorption, and in doing so, enhance patients’ vision.

To register for the optical dispensers program at AVC, visit