Correspondence Courses for Opticians

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. 

SELF-DIRECTED COURSES AVAILABLE

Contact Lens Wear and Secondary Complications: Clinical Management | 1 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.

Creating a Business Plan: The Vision for Success | 1 Hour
Having a detailed business plan in place before you decide to start your business, or even if you have already started one, will help guide you to success. The business environment we operate in today is far more complex than it was many years ago and now requires a more insightful and thought out process to establishing and running a business. Although business plans will never remain static, it is best to have one beside you as a guide than have no guide at all. This correspondence course guides you through a thoughtful multi-step process that includes defining your business, industry, market and competition along with projecting financial results, funding requirements and monitoring activities.

Dispensing Challenges: A Case of Moonlight Glare | 1 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 faces in his day-to-day dispensing practice.

Frame Selection: The Most Important Function of Professional Dispensing | 1 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 you with a little history of frame designs and goes on to discuss rimless four-point frames, semi-rimless nylor frames and steep wrap-around frames.

Low Vision: Part 1 | 1 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Scleral Contact Lenses: Then and Now | 1 Hour
Scleral lenses have become an invaluable management tool for several corneal and ocular surface diseases. The use of these lenses is not widespread and is often limited to specialty contact lens practices, however, it is important that practitioners who manage corneal and ocular surface diseases be aware of this important therapeutic option. This correspondence course guides you through the creation of scleral contact lenses and the indications for their uses.

The Balance Sheet | 1 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.

Understanding the Design of Multifocal Contact Lenses | 1 Hour
The ultimate goal in fitting a suitable lens for a presbyopic is crisp vision and a comfortable fit. With the several multifocals designs available on the market, it is important to understand this new technology. This correspondence course will detail the various designs available including wavefront technology, soft toric multifocals, gas-permeable multifocals and aspheric simultaneous designs.

 

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COLLEGE OF OPTICIANS OF ONTARIO APPROVED COURSES AVAILABLE

Dispensing Sunwear | 1 EG Hour
Description:
When consumers see sunglasses stacked by the dozens in department stores, gas stations, flea markets, etc., the importance of lens quality and dispensing takes a backseat to price and convenience. The purpose of this correspondence course is to inform the participant of the importance of dispensing and educating their patients on sunwear. Frame designs, coatings, materials, safety and comfort are all highlighted.

Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery: Improving Precision, Improving Results | 2 EG/CL Hours
Description:
Femtosecond cataract surgery is considered to be one of the most significant advances in cataract surgery in 50 years. Laser cataract surgery has shown excellent results for accurate self-sealing corneal incisions, arcuate incisions to reduce astigmatism, highly circular, strong and well-positioned capsulorhexis and safer and less technically difficult removal of the cataract with almost complete elimination of phacoemulsification. Laser technology may allow Ophthalmologists to meet the demands of cataract patients to the same level that has been accomplished with laser vision correction. This course reviews the features of this procedure that may significantly improve cataract surgery, its mechanism of action and factors to consider for optimal use.

What is a Cataract? | 1 EG/CL/RF Hour
Description:
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 describes the different types of cataracts, how to diagnose a cataract, surgical techniques, surgical complications and lens options. 

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Check the titles that you are interested in and we will email the courses to you in .pdf format. Please allow five to ten business days for grading. The price for grading is $25.00 plus HST per CE hour.

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