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Ophthalmic Assistant

Ophthalmic Assistants play a vital role in eye care. They perform ophthalmic procedures under the direction or supervision of a physician.

Ophthalmic Assistants play a vital role in eye care. They perform ophthalmic procedures under the direction or supervision of a physician. An ophthalmic allied health professional assists the ophthalmologist by collecting data, administering tests and treatments, and supervising patients. This course provides all the practical information you need to complete your day-to-day tasks as an Ophthalmic Assistant. You will learn detailed information on paramedical training, ophthalmic technology, and efficient office management. This course also covers the anatomy, physiology, optics, pharmacology, and microbiology of the eye.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

• Identify the core elements of eye anatomy and optics
• Identify the steps for dealing with patients and maintaining patient records
• Comprehend contact lenses and the visual field
• Identify eye and vision disorders
• Identify surgical techniques and special procedures related to the eye


Topics Include:
Basic Sciences
Clinical Practice
Topographic Analysis
Contact Lenses & the Visual Field
Ocular Injuries & Eye Disorders
Surgical Techniques
Special Procedures & Community Programs
Expanded Roles in Eye Care Delivery


12 months




There are no specific prerequisites for this program. Students will need access to both a computer and the internet. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.

The intended audience of this program are students seeking to prepare for or enhance their skills as an Ophthalmic Assistant.


Upon successful completion of our Ophthalmic Assistant course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as an Ophthalmic Assistant and will be prepared, in part, to become a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Certification (COA-A3) by taking the JCAHPO Career Advancement Tool Quiz or to sit for the National Opticianry Competency Examination administered by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO).
**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**




This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.


The following textbooks will be provided to each student upon registration:

The Ophthalmic Assistant: A Text for Allied and Associated Ophthalmic Personnel by Harold Stein, Raymond Stein, & Melvin Freeman

Computer Requirements are as follows:

Internet Access
* Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
* Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

* Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
* Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)
* 1 GB RAM minimum recommended

Operating Systems
*Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
*Web Browsers
*Google Chrome is highly recommended
*Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
* Cookies MUST be enabled
* Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
* Kindle Reader App
* Adobe PDF Reader
* Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
* Adobe Flash Player
* Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
* PowerPoint Viewer


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