Course Description
This 80-hour Ophthalmic Assistant | Optician Training course provides students with the skills necessary to perform ophthalmic procedures in the offices of an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist. Procedures will include: taking medical histories, ocular anatomy and physiology, taking visual acuities, color vision testing, reading patient's prescriptions on a Lensometer, glaucoma testing, clinical optics and contact lenses, principles of fitting and adjusting eyeglasses, general medical knowledge, optical instrument maintenance, and the skills to assist in minor eye care surgery.
Is this class for you?
Students will prepare for employment in an Ophthamologist or Optometrist office. This course is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9pm. Students will complete their 20-hours of clinical at a lab under the direction of the instructors employees.

This course is taught by Vision Health Services doctors and staff who have been teaching successfully at Collin College for over 11 years.

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Textbook Information
The Ophthalmic Assistant - A Guide for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel, 9th ed.
Authors: Harold A. Stein, Bernard J. Slatt, Raymond M. Stein
Publisher: Mosby
ISBN: 978-1-4557-1069-0
Other Information
Students may ultimately choose to become certified after completing all requirements for the COA exam (Certified Ophthalmic Assistant) or the CPO (Certified Para-Optometric) exam. Students must work in the field for six (6) months before they would be eligible to take the examination for certification from Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

There is an additional non-refundable liability insurance fee of $5-$13 added to the cost of your course.