CORRESPONDENCE COURSES FOR OPTICIANS

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If you are unable to attend our continuing education seminars or if you are simply short a few continuing education hours, we have a convenient way for you to earn hours. Our correspondence courses consist of a course outline followed by a multiple choice test. Upon receiving a minimum passing grade of 70%, the Academy of Ophthalmic Education will provide you with an official certificate of completion.
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COURSES APPROVED BY THE COLLEGE OF OPTICIANS OF ONTARIO

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Blue Light Impact
1 EG/CL/RF Hour – Course Expires August 30, 2021
The impact of Blue light on daily visual performance, macular cellular damage and systemic health is becoming universally accepted both in scientific literature and in the medical community. As eye care professionals, we have a great responsibility to help our patients understand how Blue light is affecting their lives and provide them with solutions to minimize that impact. This correspondence course will teach you the differences in protective solutions, the best clinical practices to protect your patients and avoid liability to your practice and plus a review of some of the common misconceptions regarding the effects of Blue light and the products that filter it.

What is a Cataract?
1 EG/CL/RF Hour – Course Expires January 13, 2020
Most cataracts develop when aging or injury changes the tissue that makes up the eye’s lens. Some cataracts are caused by inherited genetic disorders that cause other health problems and increase a patient’s risk of cataracts. This correspondence course described the different type of cataracts, how to diagnose a cataract, surgical techniques, surgical complications and lens options.

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SELF-DIRECTED COURSES

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Contact Lens Wear and Secondary Complications: Clinical Management | 1 Self-Directed Hour
In the past, fitting conventional PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) hard lenses was a specialized skill that had a success rate of less than 50% as a result of frequent secondary complications. With the advent of soft contact lenses, separate issues began to arise. Although many people wear today’s soft lenses with perceived success, all patients should be carefully monitored for minor changes resulting from over-wear or other pathologies. This correspondence course simplifies the process of clinical diagnosis and the subsequent clinical management of complications secondary to contact lens wear.

Digital Marketing | 1 Self-Directed Hour
Thanks to digital marketing, practitioners are having to change how they think about how they influence customers. They have control over what is said in their offices but when people connect to each other over the Internet and social media, they lose direct control over what is being said or done. The new challenge is how to have influence and presence from a distance. This course describes the various methods that practitioners can use to be active and stand out in the digital age of marketing including the use of social media, blogs, review management and search engine optimization.

Dispensing Challenges: A Case of Moonlight Glare | 1 Self-Directed Hour
Ophthalmic dispensing produces challenges every day and the learning never stops. You never know what is lurking behind the next patient and his or her dispensing file. This correspondence course shares the challenges a dispenser faced in his day-to-day dispensing practice.

Dispensing Sunwear | 1 Self-Directed Hour
Ultraviolet (UV) protection became a point of concern when it became public knowledge that extensive exposure to UV rays could cause skin cancer. A human eye can also suffer damage when it is exposed to UV rays, a fact that is know by most consumers today. Almost every manufacturer now makes sunglasses with some degree of built-in UV protection, however, it is critical that the sunglasses our consumers chose are high quality lenses and be as close to 100% UV protection as possible. This correspondenc courses outlines the benefits of protecting your customer’s eyes from a lifetime of UV exposure and damage.

Frame Selection: The Most Important Function of Professional Dispensing1 Self-Directed Hour
The optical industry has progressed immensely in recent years by offering an array of high-definition and distortion-free lenses for filling day-to-day prescriptions. With the advancements in these lenses, frame styles and selections have also changed dramatically. This correspondence course provides a little history of frame design and discusses rimless four-point frames, semi-rimless nylor frames and steep wrap-around frames.

Low Vision: Part 1 | 1 Self-Directed Hour
Low vision services seem to be one of the more neglected services offered by eye care professionals. With today’s busy schedules, eye health practitioners do not always have the time to explain in detail the opportunities that exist to enhance the quality of life for their low vision patients. It is important to note that this is a service area in which Optometrists, Opticians and Ophthalmologists must work in close collaboration to help their patients navigate through the options that do not include surgical intervention. This correspondence course will explain a low vision examination, how to schedule low vision patients and provides you with a list and description of the low vision aids that you should always have on-hand in your practice.

Low Vision: Part 2 | 1 Self-Directed Hour
A low vision examination is not a routine refraction nor is it a comprehensive and complete eye examination. This examination goes far beyond a regular eye examination. Special charts and gadgets are required to test for contrast sensitivity along with more time spent on the patient. This correspondence course will guide you through the different tests performed during a low vision examination including near vision acuity testing, binocular testing, visual field testing, colour vision testing and low vision device evaluation and assessment.

Low Vision: Part 3 | 1 Self-Directed Hour
In this correspondence course, we consider the available types of low vision aids, their applications, benefits and limitations. Commonly available low vision aids and systems will be discussed including telescopes, microscopes, magnifiers, tele-microscopes and electro-optical systems.

Maximizing Contact Lens Sales and Profitability | 1 Self-Directed Hour
In this correspondence course, the Academy of Ophthalmic Education interviews Dr. Donald Bishop, Optometrist. Dr. Bishop lends us his expertise on varies topics including the most effective and profitable way to sell contact lenses and solutions in your practice, the importance of educating and training your staff to maximize patient satisfaction and practice profitability and patient compliance.

Multifocals: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Part 1 | 1 Self-Directed Hour
These days we are bombarded with advancements in progressive lens technology, high-index lenses and antiglare coatings. The industry has come a long way in the past 50 years. When dispensing multifocals, we should not forget about all the other multifocal lenses that previously existed and are still at our disposal today. This correspondence course takes you back in time and documents the progress we have made from our humble beginnings.

Multifocals: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Part 2 | 1 Self-Directed Hour
This correspondence course takes you on a guided tour of the history of the early high power lenses including full field spheric glass, spheric lenticular round lenses, spherical lenticular oval lenses and aspheric lenses.  A special mention is also made about Dr. Welsch, an Ophthalmologist from Florida who made a special contribution in advancing the design of high power lenses. Dr. Welsch opened a new era in excellence and opportunity for the industry and aphakic patients, who had suffered for ages.

Multifocals: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Part 3 | 1 Self-Directed Hour
Only 60 years ago, a lens-surfacing lab was a major undertaking with hundreds of wrought iron laps, base curve grinding hand pans and charts to calculate the thickness and prisms of lenses. This correspondence course walks you through the technological changes that have impacted the 20th century. Traditional versus free form surfacing and the importance of technology and lens design will also be discussed.

Piggyback Contact Lens Fitting for Keratoconus | 1 Self-Directed Hour
Piggyback lenses have become an excellent option in the management of keratoconus. Modern contact materials have enabled practitioners to apply this two-lens system with little risk of hypoxia to the patient. The piggyback system enables patients to remain in contact lenses for longer periods safely and comfortably without switching contact lens modalities or requiring corneal surgery.  This correspondence course guides you through the several categories of patients who can benefit from the piggyback system, the drawbacks of piggyback lenses, which contact lenses to choose and fitting assessment.

The Balance Sheet | 1 Self-Directed Hour
As a business owner, you should keep an eye on your inventory, sales, staff and whether your company is doing well or not. Having a balance sheet provides you with a snapshot of how your business is doing as well as providing a vital link between your income statement, your day-to-day business activities and the balances in your bank accounts. This correspondence course describes the three components that make up a balance sheet including assets, liabilities and equity. Creating a trend analysis and loans to shareholders will also be discussed.

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