Optometric Technician Technical Diploma (NEW)

Description

An Optometric Technician works under the supervision of an optometrist or ophthalmologist and performs: Patient pre-testing such as visual acuity, color vision, depth perception, pupil testing, pressure inside the eye, corneal curvature, peripheral vision and blood pressure; Contact lens ordering, verification and patient education. The technician may also assist the doctor in the fitting of contact lenses; Eyeglass selection, ordering, verification and adjustment. The Optometric Technician Technical Diploma is a one-year program. Instructors train students to work in eye care and emphasize the unique duties required of an optometric technician to provide quality vision care services to patients. The technical training includes optometric terminology, optical properties of light, patient pretesting skills, frame and lens selection, eyeglass adjustment, contact lens patient education, ocular anatomy and physiology, visual testing and practice management. Clinical experience working directly with doctors and patients is an important part of the curriculum.
Graduates will be able to

  • Apply technical skills to perform eye care prescreening and specialty testing procedures on patients accurately and efficiently
  • Apply technical skills to educate and assist patients with glasses and/or contact lenses to meet their eye health and visual needs
  • Perform business office procedures such as maintain appointment schedule, maintain patient records, insurance reimbursement and billing patients
  • Demonstrate professional ethics, honesty and respect when dealing with doctors, patients and coworkers
  • Communicate clearly and professionally in both written and oral formats