I really enjoyed this course it is easy to understand, simple and it got right to the point. You learn everything you need to know so quickly and before you know it you are finished with the lesson. Then you are so excited about what you have learned, that you just want to start the next lesson right away so you can learn even more."
This was a very interactive course. Although I am familiar with some of the info, I still learned a lot. The matching charts were very helpful too. I would take it again and would recommend it to anyone going into this field."
This is my first experience with an online course and it was a wonderful one. I would do it again, I recommend it to anyone. Great!"
I normally don't like long courses and hours to study... Plus it was a nice pace for older students that haven't had a course in a while... You have encouraged me to continue on with my goals... in this exciting new career. Thank you Patricia"
This course was an excellent way to expand knowledge in the optical assisting field. Its also a great way to get a head start if you're interested in certification or licensing. I enjoyed this class and recommend it to others."
This is one of the only beginners courses I have found online for optical assisting and I have learned a lot. It was very interesting and I would recommend it to anyone interested in this field."
The course itself and its content were fantastic. I learned much more than I had expected. The Instructor is knowledgeable of the course subject matter. I am ready to pursue a career in this field and I will recommend this course to others."
I enjoyed this class more than any of the others I've taken on-line from a variety of schools. The instructor was EXCELLENT!!!"
I'm an optical manager at a retail optical chain. This is an awesome home study class for any one new in the field or for anyone who need to polish up on their optics. I will recommend that all my employees take this class as well as the district."
I truly enjoyed this course, I am so happy I found it. It gave me a greater understanding of the responsibilities, requirements and vocabulary needed for this field. It was just the right length, not overwhelming, and the format was easy."
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Discover the wide range of opportunities for optical assistants - from retail sales to assisting in a healthcare setting. You will learn how optical assisting can lead you to own your own business, get a high-paying job as a manager, or teach at a college or university. Then, learn how the parts of the eye work together to create the miracle of vision!
Learn about the focusing problems that cause millions of people to need glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, or low vision aids. You will survey common eye disorders and discover how medical conditions like diabetes and allergies can affect the eyes. Then, learn about color-blindness, “lazy eye,” and what it actually means to be legally blind.
Examine the opportunities in front office optical assisting. You will explore the ins and outs of scheduling patients efficiently in order to keep an office running smoothly and happily. Then, discover the important skills you will need for back office work. You will survey two specialty areas in back office assisting: contact lens fitting and surgical assisting.
Learn the language of optical prescriptions. You will understand how those numbers and symbols on an eye doctor's prescription translate into just the right lenses for patients who are farsighted, nearsighted, or astigmatic. Then, learn the insider secrets of eyeglass styling so you will know how to pick great glasses for a customers, patients, or even yourself!
Discuss how contact lenses help correct vision, and even learn about contact lens fads and fashions. You will discover how optical assistants fit contact lenses so they're just right for each person's eyes and how they educate patients about using their lenses correctly. Then, examine the best ways to make people feel welcome, respected, and well-treated at every step of their visit to a doctor's office or retail optical store.
Survey three of the most interesting specialties for optical assistants - vision clinics, vision therapy, and refractive surgery. Finally, learn how certification puts you in line for promotions and management positions. You will learn how to prepare for a certification test and decide if it is the right route for you.
Dr. Beverly Smith is a Doctor of Optometry and has been in private practice for more than 24 years. She also holds a Master of Business Administration and founded a consulting firm that helps new practitioners start and manage their own eye care practices. Throughout her career, Smith has taught many future opticians, certified paraoptometrics, and fellow optometrists. Her work has been published in the professional journals New O.D. and Women in Optometry.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.