Ophthalmic Assistant


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Ophthalmic Assistant

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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. 

Prerequisite(s): None

After completing this course, you should be able to:

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

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 1
Basic Sciences

  • Anatomy of the Eye
  • Visual Pathway
  • Ocular Muscles 
  • Physiology of the Eye
  • Alignment of the Eyes
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Color Vision
  • Physical Optics
  • Geometric Optics
  • Spherical and Chromatic Aberrations
  • Pharmacology
  • Prescription Writing

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 2
Clinical Practice

  • Microbiology
  • Bacteria and Viruses
  • Office Efficiency and Public Relations
  • Dealing with Patients
  • Scheduling Appointments
  • History of Present Illness
  • Family History
  • Preliminary Examination
  • Measurement of Glasses
  • Ophthalmoscopy

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 3  
Visual Function, Equipment, and Spectacles

  • Aspects of Vision Loss
  • Aspects of Visual Functions
  • Ophthalmic Equipment
  • Assessing Corneas
  • Determining Tear Flow
  • Refractive Errors
  • Refractometry
  • History of Spectacles
  • The Frame
  • Single Lenses and Monocles

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 4
Rigid and Soft Contact Lenses   

  • History of Glasses
  • Types of Lenses
  • Care of Glasses
  • Rigid Contact Lens
  • Optics, Terminology, and Designs
  • History of Hydrophilic Lenses
  • Inventory vs. Diagnostic Lenses
  • Abnormal Symptoms and Signs
  • Role of Corneal Topography

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 5  
Visual Fields

  • Dry Eyes
  • The Tear Film
  • Role of Blinking
  • Tear Physiology
  • Managing a Contact Lens Practice
  • Staff Development
  • Patient Management
  • Perimeters
  • Normal Visual Field
  • Automated Visual Field Testing
  • Differences Between Manual and Automated Perimeters

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 6
Clinical Eye Problems  

  • Ocular Injuries
  • Contusions
  • Penetrations
  • Lacerations
  • Ocular Emergencies
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Common Eye Disorders
  • Cornea, Eyelids, Conjunctiva
  • Common Retinal Disorders
  • Foreign Body in the Eye

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 7
Common Eye Problems  

  • Congenital Glaucoma
  • Primary and Secondary Glaucoma
  • Classification of Uveitis
  • Treatment of Uveitis
  • Examination of a Newborn and Child
  • Instillation of Eyedrops
  • Maintenance of Ophthalmic Equipment and Instruments
  • Applanation Tonometer
  • Noncontact Tonometer

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 8
Surgical Techniques

  • Aseptic Technique
  • Minor Office Surgery
  • The Operative Patient
  • Eye Surgery
  • Highlights of Ocular Surgery
  • Surgical Correction of Presbyopia
  • Surgical Corrective Procedures

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 9
Types of Surgery

  • Assisting the Surgeon
  • Care and Handling of Surgical Instruments
  • Lasers in Ophthalmology
  • Pumping and Spontaneous Emission
  • Safety in the Laser Clinic
  • Ambulatory Surgery
  • Preparation for Admission
  • Refractive Surgery

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 10
Disorders and Ocular Imaging  

  • Corneal Collagen Crosslinking in the Management of Ectatic Diseases
  • Technique of CXL
  • Clinical Outcomes of CXL
  • Wavefront Aberrations and Custom Ablation
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Progression Analysis
  • Vitreomacular Traction
  • Computerized Corneal Topography
  • Clinical Uses
  • Keratoconus

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 11
Imaging and Special Procedures 

  • Specular Microscopy
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound Biomicroscopy 
  • Ocular Motility, Binocular Vision, and Strabismus
  • Treatment of Strabismus
  • Ophthalmic Photography
  • Digital Imaging
  • Goniography
  • Video Recording

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 12
Visual Aids and Community Ocular Programs

  • Visual Aids for the Partially Sighted
  • Optical Aids
  • Types of Magnifying Devices
  • Blind Persons in the Modern World
  • Partial Sight and Blindness
  • Art and the Eye
  • Reading Problems in Children
  • Role of Brain and Eye Dominance

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 13
Eye Care Deliveries

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Computers in Ophthalmic Practice
  • Computer Components
  • Computer Tasks
  • Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
  • The Certification Process of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel
  • Ophthalmology Ethics

Ophthalmic Assistant Module 14
Role of Assistants in Eye Care   

  • Ophthalmic Allied Health Personnel
  • Defining Scope of Practice
  • Privacy Practices
  • Testing and Certification of Ophthalmic Skills
  • The Development of Ophthalmic Assistants in North America
  • Ophthalmic Assisting in the International Community
  • Common Eye Diseases and Disorders

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

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.

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - 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.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player


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900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
United States
Phone: 727-824-7800 ext. 8

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