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Ophthalmic Assistant 12 Week Course for New Hires ® 

Course Description for Ophthalmic Trainers, Managers, and Administrators

(This course subsciption also includes the following courses: Telephone Skills for the Eyecare Office and Universal Precautions and Infection Control)

This course is designed to supply the didactic training needed to take an unexperienced new hire to the level of a productive ophthalmic team member within a period of 12 weeks or less when supplemented with hands-on experience in a clinic environment. The course provides background in all content areas that are tested in the JCAHPO ophthalmic assistant certification exam. A well rounded assistant is a more efficient assistant.

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Subject matter covered in this course:

Week 1
 
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
 
Day 2
End of Course