Field of Study: Ophthalmic Technology
Ophthalmic technology programs prepare people to help eye doctors examine and treat vision problems.
Ophthalmic technology programs include topics such as:
- Interviewing patients
- Patient care
- Vision testing
Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer certificates and associate degree programs in ophthalmic technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete.
Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs in ophthalmic technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.
Proprietary schools, colleges, and universities all offer this program. If you want to study at a proprietary school, you can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school degree or getting a GED. If you want to study at a college or university, you can prepare for this program by taking the following courses: four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.
- Introduction to Business
- General Computer Applications
- Health Education
- Community Health
- Vision Care Assisting
- Healthcare Sciences Work Experience
- Anatomy and Physiology
Applicants to some programs need to take between one to two years of college-level general education courses first. Specific prerequisite courses vary among these programs but typically include some combination of the following:
- College Math
- Computer Science
- English Composition
- Humanities electives
- Interpersonal Communication
- Public Speaking
- Social Science electives
In addition, admission requirements for some programs may include the following:
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal interview
Typical course work
This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye
- Basic Visual Examination
- Clinical Optics
- Corneal Topography
- Diagnostic Procedures
- Eye Disease
- Fundamentals and Principles of Contact Lenses
- Grand Rounds and Seminar
- Introduction to Clinical Skills
- Introduction to Ophthalmic Surgery
- Maintenance of Ophthalmic Instruments
- Medical Ethics
- Medical History-Taking
- Ocular Motility and Binocular Vision
- Ocular Pharmacology
- Ophthalmic Dispensing
- Ophthalmic Photography
- Ophthalmic Therapeutic Procedures
- Perception and Low Vision
- Pupil Evaluation
- Retinoscopy and Refractometry
- Surgical Assisting Procedures
Things to know
Some schools offer a program in ophthalmic medical technology. These programs prepare people to work in hospitals.
After graduating from this program, you may be eligible to sit for a national certification exam.
Certification is not necessary to get a job in ophthalmic technology, but it can help.
Similar fields of study
- Medical Assisting
- Medical Coding and Billing
- Medical Secretarial Studies
- Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology
- Optometric Technology
- Vision Science
Careers you may qualify for
Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology
Schools that offer program
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