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Ophthalmic Dispensing

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Welcome to the library!  As a member of the TCI community you are able to use any and all of the services and resources of the campus library system.  From your campus library, you may also search the vast holdings of the Queens, Brooklyn and New York Public Library systems.  If the resources you want are not found in the library or in the public library system, through METRO, the New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency, your librarian or Learning Center Director can help you borrow items from libraries across the metropolitan area, New York State, and the entire country.

Each campus library has computer workstations with Internet access.  Resources include full-text article databases and websites that you can use to study, complete assignments and term papers, and research jobs and careers.

This guide is designed to help you find reliable information resources in the area of Ophthalmic Dispensing.  Remember that your campus librarian or Learning Center can provide you with extensive reference assistance and comprehensive library instruction.  Introduce yourself early so that s/he can facilitate your research and writing projects and assignments.

Finding Library Resources

To find out what books, CD-ROMs, diskettes, videotapes, and audiotapes are located at TCI, consult the TCI Library Catalog.  The Online Catalog can be searched by many elements, including keyword.

  • Subject headings, such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings, help you find information in the card and online catalogs.  If you are doing research in ophthalmic dispensing you will find subject headings such as those listed below.
    Eye Diseases Ophthalmic Lenses
    Contact Lenses Ophthalmic Math
    Opticianry Optics
    Eyeglasses Eye Injuries


Our Catalog will identify reference and reserve materials to help you in your studies.  Examples are listed below.

Dictionary Of Eye Terminology / Barbara Cassin, Sheila A.B. Solomon ; Melvin L. Rubin, Editor. c1997.

Dictionary Of Visual Science And Related Clinical Terms / [Edited By] Henry W Hofstetter ... [Et Al.] ; With A Foreword By James R. Gregg. c2000.

Optical math review : a practical guide for dispensers / Frank A. Ervin, editor.
Bowie, Md. : National Academy of Opticianry, c1992.

Professional ophthalmic dispensing / Drew, Ralph. Chicago, Ill., Professional Press 1970.

Complete guide to eyecare, eyeglasses & contact lenses / Walter J. Zinn and Herbert Solomon. Hollywood, FL : Lifetime Books, c1996.

Opportunities in eye care careers / Kathleen M. Belikoff ; foreword by Stuart L. Fine. Lincolnwood, Ill. : VGM Career Horizons, c1998.

Manual of contact lens prescribing and fitting / edited by Milton M. Hom ; foreword by Edward S. Bennett. Boston : Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000.

Intralibrary loan service is available at TCI libraries.  Interlibrary loan service is available through METRO and OCLC.  Contact your Librarian or Learning Center for assistance in obtaining books and articles through these services.

·         Listservs and Discussion Groups on the Internet can also be a great way to get information and communicate with students, professionals and scholars in the discipline of  Ophthalmic Dispensing. 


o   To post and read comments in Usenet discussion groups, and search and browse over 500 million archived Usenet messages back to 1995, use Google Groups. (

o   To search, browse, and get host site information on over 68,9000 public LISTSERVs, use CataList. (

o   To search, browse, and start &/or join thousands of email newsletters & discussion groups, use Topica. (

OPT Organizations