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2014 Paraoptometric Technician Courses




2014 Paraoptometric Technician Courses
Location: VisionAmerica - Birmingham, AL

Level I - March 22, 2014  (FULL)

Level II - April 12, 2014 (FULL)

Level III - May 10, 2014 (3 SPOTS AVAILABLE)

 

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Course Descriptions

Level I

The Level I course will provide an introduction to the basics of paraoptometric technology including basic optics, anatomy, testing and terminology. The course will include 4 hours of lecturing followed by a 4-hour workshop providing hands-on activity of the lecture material. At the conclusion of the course, the participants should have a basic understanding and be able to perform the following tests: basic case history, lensometry, visual acuity, color vision, keratometry, pupil testing, versions, confrontation visual fields, basic cover testing. Participants should also be able to recognize basic pharmaceutical agents as well as understand the basic terminology associated with some of the more common ocular pathology conditions.

Outline

Basic Optics · Lensometry · Case History · Visual Acuity · Basic Spectacles and Contact Lenses · Ocular Anatomy · Color Vision · Keratometry · Basic Pharmacology · Basic Ocular Disease · Triage – Urgency and Emergency · Pupils · Versions / EOM · Confrontation VF · Cover Test

 

Level II

The Level II Course will build on the introductory knowledge founded in Level I as well as introduce additional testing for the paraoptometric technician. The course will include 4 hours of lecturing followed by a 4-hour workshop providing hands-on activity of the lecture material. At the conclusion of the course, the participants should have a basic understanding and be able to perform the following tests: basic slit lamp examination, Goldmann applanation tonometry, blood pressure testing, automated visual field testing, and cover test.

Outline

Blood Pressure Testing · Advanced Cover Testing · Basic Slit Lamp Examination · Tonometry · Goldmann Applanation · Tonopen · Visual Fields · Ocular Pharmacology · Ocular Disease · Advanced History Taking · Data Correlation

 

Level III

The Level III Course will build on the introductory knowledge founded in Level I and II as well as introduce additional testing for the paraoptometric technician. The course will include 4 hours of lecturing followed by a 4-hour workshop providing hands-on activity of the lecture material. At the conclusion of the course, the participants should have a basic understanding and be able to perform the following tests: amsler grid, stereo acuity, super pinhole potential acuity, schirmer tear testing, slit lamp examination and basic spherical refraction. Participants should also have a basic understanding of cataract and refractive surgery.

Outline

The Ophthalmic Patient Work-up A Review · Miscellaneous Testing · Slit Lamp Examination · Cataract Surgery · Review · Refractive Surgery Review · Beginning Refraction

 

General Information

Who Should Attend
This course is designed to provide educational development for optometric staff members who are currently functioning as paraoptometric technicians or want to become paraoptometric technicians.

How to Register
Complete the registration form and mail it to 1043 Ambassador Court, Montgomery, AL 36117 along with a check made payable to the Alabama Optometric Association. When paying by credit card, complete the credit card information and fax the form to (334) 273-9681 or mail it. Please provide the billing address for the credit card and the expiration date. ALOA must have this information to process your payment. Registrations must be postmarked by March 1st to be eligible for the discounted rate. Please complete a separate registration form for each technician.

Cancellations & Transfers
Registrations can be cancelled or transferred from one technician to another. Please notify ALOA as soon as possible if someone other than the person originally registered for the course will be attending or if someone needs to cancel.

Continuing Education Credits
Certificates of Completion from the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) will be presented at the close of each session.