Mar 24, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

VC 140 - Ophthalmic Assisting

Credit Hours: 2

A course designed for ophthalmic assistants. Topics include ophthalmic medical history taking and guidelines, screening and emergency procedures, pre-testing and surgical procedures, and ophthalmic instrumentation.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of and ability to take a relevant, concise ophthalmic history;
  • identify basic anatomy and physiology of the eye;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the basic concept of the field of vision and instrument use;
  • demonstrate knowledge of ophthalmic ointments and understand the advantages and disadvantages of each;
  • demonstrate knowledge of and instrument use;
  • distinguish between objective and subjective autorefraction;
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of and ability to perform color vision test and use of Amsler grid;
  • identify basic ophthalmic emergencies and procedures;
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of microbial control, sanitation, disinfection, sterilization and contamination;
  • identify basic ophthalmic instrumentation and their uses, and perform basic maintenance; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of HIPAA and how it influences policy, procedure and duties in the ophthalmic health care setting.


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