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Interested in a career in eyecare? The Ophthalmic Assistant program will give you the skills you need to get started in this exciting field.

In this course, all aspects of an ophthalmic assistant’s role are covered in a classroom setting, along with clinical, hands-on instruction. Topics include ocular anatomy, pathology, pharmacology, optics, lensometry, refraction, tonometry, lensometry, optical coherence tomography, keratometry, perimetry, HIPPA compliance and electronic medical record keeping. Lectures will be held on campus. The clinical/hands-on experience will be held at a local eyecare center. You must provide your own transportation.

In This Course You'll Learn To:

  • identify the anatomy, physiology, and optical properties of the eye and demonstrate the components of an eye examination

  • recognize basic properties of medicines related to ophthalmic care and understand their actions and effects on the human body

  • identify basic bacteria, viruses and fungi found in the human eye and learn to collect microbial specimens

  • discuss topics relevant to clinical practice, including preliminary exams, visual function, ophthalmic equipment, glasses, contact lenses, visual field testing and computers in ophthalmic practice

  • recognize common clinical eye conditions, understand various surgical techniques, gain knowledge of ocular imaging and identify the basics of ocular pharmacology

Admission Requirements:

  • GED or high school diploma

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