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Field of Study: Ophthalmic Technology

Introduction

Ophthalmic technology programs prepare people to help eye doctors examine and treat vision problems.

 

Overview

Ophthalmic technology programs include topics such as:

  • Interviewing patients
  • Patient care
  • Medications
  • Vision testing
  • Recordkeeping

Schools
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.

 

College preparation

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.

  • Psychology
  • Introduction to Business
  • General Computer Applications
  • Health Education
  • Community Health
  • Vision Care Assisting
  • Healthcare Sciences Work Experience
  • Anatomy and Physiology

 

Undergraduate special

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:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • College Math
  • Computer Science
  • English Composition
  • Humanities electives
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Physics
  • 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

Careers you may qualify for

Medical Assistants
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

 

Resources

Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology
http://www.atpo.org

Schools that offer program

Click on the school name to see a list of their programs related to this field of study.

School of Ophthalmic Medical Technology - St. Paul, Located in Metro
St. Catherine University - St. Paul , Located in Metro