Comparison of Ophthalmic Assistant Basic Training Courses
Eyetec.net has two versions of Ophthalmic Assistant Basic Training:
- The Ophthalmic Assistant Basic Training Course
- The Ophthalmic Assistant 12 Week Course for New Hires
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.
|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)
Orientation to Eyecare
Charting and Scribing
Overview of Eye Diseases
Basics of Optics, Glasses, and Contact Lenses
Autorefractor and Autolensometer
Ophthalmic Abbreviations and Acronyms
Medical Prefixes and Suffixes
Medical Law for Ophthalmic Personnel
Visual Acuity Testing
The Anterior Segment, Part 1
The Anterior Segment, Part 2
The Anterior Segment, Part 3
Glaucoma, Part 1
Glaucoma, Part 2
Visual Fields, Automated, Part 1
Visual Fields, Automated, Part 2
Drops and Ointments, Best Practices
The Posterior Segment, Part 1
The Posterior Segment, Part 2
Optics: Physical and Geometric
Patient Services: Dressing and Shields, Safety Glasses, Patient Flow
Visual Field Defects, Parts 1 and 2
OCT, Part 1
OCT, Part 2
OCT-Spectral Domain, Parts 1-3
The External Eye, Part 1
The External Eye, Part 2
EOM Anatomy and Physiology
Binocular Vision, Parts 1 and 2, Stereo Tests
Schirmer Tear Tests
More on Refractometry
Near Add Determination
Intermediate and Near Vision
Visual Field Testing, Basics, Confrontation, Methods
Ocular Motility - Cover Test, Uncover Test
Ocular Motility: Cover-Uncover Test, Alternate Cover Test
Assisting with IV Injections
General Medical Knowledge, Nervous and Respiratory Systems
Corneal Sensitivity Testing
Refractive Surgery Assisting
Sterile Fields and Aseptic Technique
Non-refractive Laser Therapy
General Medical Knowledge, Cardio and Endocrine Systems
Soft Contact Lenses, Part 1
Soft Contact Lenses, Part 2
Soft Contact Lenses, Part 3
Basic A-scan Biometry, Parts 1-3
Advanced A-scan Biometry, Parts 1-3
Basics of Photography, Part 1
Basics of Photography, Part 2
Assisting with IV InjectionsEquipment
Maintenance and Repair
Hard Contact Lenses, Part 1
Hard Contact Lenses, Part 2
Fundus Photography, Part 1
Fundus Photography, Parts 2 and 3
Ophthalmic Imaging, Misc. Instruments
Glasses: Fresnel Prism
Measuring Prism in Glasses, Parts 1-3
Retinoscopy in Minus Cylinger, Parts 1-3
Retinoscopy in Plus Cylinger, Parts 1-3
Worth 4-dot Test
Maddox Rod Testing