First year optometry students must buy equipment without knowledge of its function and use. Presently there are limited resources available that describe the function and use of the equipment. A program was written using Macromedia Director on the Macintosh computer to describe the function and use of the diagnostic kit, one of the first equipment purchases a first year student makes. The program identifies each piece of equipment, instructs the student how each is used, and describes the information obtained with each piece of equipment. The effectiveness of the program was assessed by giving a survey to first year optometry students after they had viewed the program. The 43 of 84 students responses indicated the program was clear, concise, and easy to use, but provided little help comparing brands.
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