Ophthalmic Assistant

Basic Training Course


Who should take this course?


Important: This course is not extensive enough for a person to be able to pass the COA certfication exam. To study for the COA certification exam, you will need the COA Exam Prep Course.

If you are an ophthalmic administrator, this course will be helpful when training an employee with little or no experience as an ophthalmic assistant.  The advantage of this course is that the trainee receives basic instruction on their own time, without the need for supervision.  All that is needed is a computer with internet access.  There are nine parts to the course and each part has its own quiz and certificate of completion.  Some or all of the parts can be assigned, and progress can be monitored with the certificates.  A complete description of the course follows below.


If you have no previous experience, and you are applying for a job as an ophthalmic assistant trainee, this course will give you basic instruction that will give you a head start. This course will provide you with certificates of completion that may be of benefit to you in the job application/interview process.  However, be aware that course by itself does not give you credentials as an ophthalmic assistant.  In other words, if the employer is looking for a trainee, this course may be of benefit.  If the employer is looking for an experienced ophthalmic assistant, this course may be of little or no benefit to you when applying for the job.


Eyetec.net also offers a more comprehensive basic course: The Ophthalmic Assistant 12 Week Course for New Hires. Click here for a comparison of the two courses.


Course content:


The course "Telephone Skills for the Eyecare Office" is included with the Ophthalmic Assistant Basic Training course.  This course has its own certificate of completion. Click here for more information on this course.  To return to this page, close the new window.


Orientation: This includes a description of eye care team members, e.g. ophthalmologist, optometrist, optician, etc.


Overview of eye diseases (part 1): Introduction to glaucoma, common retinal diseases, cataracts, dry eyes, and blepharitis.


Basic optics, glasses, and contact lenses (part 2): Introduction to refractive errors, lens power notations, bifocals, trifocals, progressives, contact lens parameters, contact lens care, and contact lens insertion/removal instruction.


Autorefractor, autolensometer, manual lensometry (part 3):  Introduction to autorefractometry and lensometry, including instruction on using the manual lensometer.


Spectacle skills (part 4): Introduction to PD measurement, frame PD and lens decentration, spherical equivalent, transposition, and measuring vertex distance.


Charting, scribing, and history taking (part 5):  Instruction on obtaining the chief complaint, history of present illness, review of systems, past medical history, medications, drug allergies, family history, social history, pertinent questions, confidentiality (HIPAA), and triage.


Visual acuity testing (part 6): Instruction in Snellen acuity measurement and notation, near acuity, special vision tests, low vision acuity, and pinhole acuity.


Applanation tonometry (part 7): Instruction in measurement technique, sources of error, and care and calibration of the instrument.


Keratometry (part 8): Instruction in B&L keratometry measurement techniques.


Informed consent, confidentiality (HIPAA), and ethics (part 9)


The course "Universal Precautions and Infection Control" is also included. Click here for more information on this course.  To return to this page, close the new window.


This course has no CE credits.


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