Comparison of Ophthalmic Assistant Basic Training Courses

 

Eyetec.net has two versions of Ophthalmic Assistant Basic Training:

If you are an ophthalmic administrator, manager, or trainer: These courses will be helpful when training an employee with little or no experience as an ophthalmic assistant.  The advantage of the courses is that the trainee receives basic instruction on their own time, without the need for supervision.  All that is needed is a computer with internet access.  
 
If you are a job seeker: If you have no previous experience, and you are applying for a job as an ophthalmic assistant trainee, these courses will give you basic instruction that will give you a head start. The courses will provide you with certificates of completion or quiz results that may be of benefit to you in the job application/interview process.  However, be aware that the courses by themselves do not give you credentials as an ophthalmic assistant.  In other words, if the employer is looking for a trainee, the course may be of benefit.  If the employer is looking for an experienced ophthalmic assistant, this course may be of little or no benefit to you when applying for the job.
 
Table comparisons: You can see from the tables below that the "12 Week" course is much more comprehensive in terms of content. Click the links above for more detailed information about the courses, or to subscribe to the course.
 
 
 Course  CE credit?  Access  Fee  Certificates?
 Basic Training  No  90 days  $39  For each section.
12 Week Course  No 140 days  $99  Can print subject and quiz results.
 
 
 "Basic Training" Course Content  "12 Week" Course Content
Orientation: This includes a description of eye care team members, e.g. ophthalmologist, optometrist, optician, etc.
 
Overview of eye diseases (part 1): Introduction to glaucoma, common retinal diseases, cataracts, dry eyes, and blepharitis.
 
Basic optics, glasses, and contact lenses (part 2): Introduction to refractive errors, lens power notations, bifocals, trifocals, progressives, contact lens parameters, contact lens care, and contact lens insertion/removal instruction.
 
Autorefractor, autolensometer, manual lensometry (part 3):  Introduction to autorefractometry and lensometry, including instruction on using the manual lensometer.
 
Spectacle skills (part 4): Introduction to PD measurement, frame PD and lens decentration, spherical equivalent, transposition, and measuring vertex distance.
 
Charting, scribing, and history taking (part 5):  Instruction on obtaining the chief complaint, history of present illness, review of systems, past medical history, medications, drug allergies, family history, social history, pertinent questions, confidentiality (HIPAA), and triage.
 
Visual acuity testing (part 6): Instruction in Snellen acuity measurement and notation, near acuity, special vision tests, low vision acuity, and pinhole acuity.
 
Applanation tonometry (part 7): Instruction in measurement technique, sources of error, and care and calibration of the instrument.
 
Keratometry (part 8): Instruction in B&L keratometry measurement techniques.
 
Informed consent, confidentiality (HIPAA), and ethics (part 9)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 1
Orientation to Eyecare
Charting and Scribing
Confidentiality
Ethics
 
Day 2
Overview of Eye Diseases
Basics of Optics, Glasses, and Contact Lenses
Autorefractor and Autolensometer
Spectacle Skills
 
Day 3
Ophthalmic Abbreviations and Acronyms
Medical Prefixes and Suffixes
 
Day 4
History Taking
Medical Law for Ophthalmic Personnel
 
Day 5
Visual Acuity Testing
Universal Precautions
 
Week 2
 
Day 1
Lensometry
Office Antispesis
 
Day 2
The Anterior Segment, Part 1
 
Day 3
The Anterior Segment, Part 2
 
Day 4
The Anterior Segment, Part 3
 
Day 5
Slip Lamp
 
Week 3
 
Day 1
Glaucoma, Part 1 
 
Day 2
Applanation Tonometry
 
Day 3
Glaucoma, Part 2
 
Day 4
Visual Fields, Automated, Part 1
 
Day 5
Visual Fields, Automated, Part 2
 
Week 4
 
Day 1
Pharmacology
Drops and Ointments, Best Practices
 
Day 2
The Posterior Segment, Part 1 
 
Day 3
The Posterior Segment, Part 2
 
Day 4
Optics: Physiologic
Optics: Physical and Geometric
 
Day 5
Basic Refractometry
 
Week 5
 
Day 1
Patient Services: Dressing and Shields, Safety Glasses, Patient Flow
Informed Consent
Triage
 
Day 2
Visual Pathways
Visual Field Defects, Parts 1 and 2
 
Day 3
OCT, Part 1 
 
Day 4
OCT, Part 2
 
Day 5
OCT-Spectral Domain, Parts 1-3
 
Week 6
 
Day 1
The External Eye, Part 1
 
Day 2
The External Eye, Part 2
 
Day 3
EOM Anatomy and Physiology
 
Day 4
Binocular Vision, Parts 1 and 2, Stereo Tests
Schirmer Tear Tests
 
Day 5
More on Refractometry
 
Week 7
 
Day 1
Controlling Accommodation
Near Add Determination
Intermediate and Near Vision
 
Day 2
Visual Field Testing, Basics, Confrontation, Methods
 
Day 3
Ocular Motility - Cover Test, Uncover Test
Ocular Motility: Cover-Uncover Test, Alternate Cover Test
 
Day 4
Vital Signs
Assisting with IV Injections
Nystagmus
 
Day 5
General Medical Knowledge, Nervous and Respiratory Systems
 
Week 8
 
Day 1
The Orbits
 
Day 2
Keratometry
Corneal Pachymetry
Corneal Topography
Corneal Sensitivity Testing
 
Day 3
Refractive Surgery
Refractive Surgery Assisting
 
Day 4
Instrument Preparation
Sterile Fields and Aseptic Technique
Non-refractive Laser Therapy
 
Day 5
General Medical Knowledge, Cardio and Endocrine Systems
 
Week 9
 
Day 1  
Soft Contact Lenses, Part 1
 
Day 2
Soft Contact Lenses, Part 2
 
Day 3
Soft Contact Lenses, Part 3
 
Day 4
Basic A-scan Biometry, Parts 1-3
 
Day 5
Advanced A-scan Biometry, Parts 1-3
 
Week 10
 
Day 1
Basics of Photography, Part 1
 
Day 2
Basics of Photography, Part 2
Assisting with IV InjectionsEquipment 
 
Day 3
Maintenance and Repair
Laser Interferometry
 
Day 4
Hard Contact Lenses, Part 1 
 
Day 5
Hard Contact Lenses, Part 2 
 
 
Week 11
 
Day 1
Fundus Photography, Part 1
Fundus Photography, Parts 2 and 3
 
Day 2
Ophthalmic Imaging, Misc. Instruments
Glasses: Slab-off
Glasses: Fresnel Prism
 
Day 3
Measuring Prism in Glasses, Parts 1-3
 
Day 4
Retinoscopy in Minus Cylinger, Parts 1-3
Day 5
Retinoscopy in Plus Cylinger, Parts 1-3
 
Week 12
 
Day 1
EOM skills:
Worth 4-dot Test
Hirschberg/Krimsky Testing
Maddox Rod Testing
Amblyopia Therapy