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Ophthalmic Assistant Online Training Course

This course aims to provide ophthalmic knowledge and an understanding of the principles of ophthalmic assisting to aid in training in an ophthalmic or optometry practice. The course has been utilised in major cities as well as regional areas to address staff shortages in ophthalmic and optometry clinics, and reduce the stress involved in the training process.

It includes theoretical components such as basic eye anatomy & common eye disorders. It also covers practical skills, such as medical history taking and vision assessment, as well as more specialised testing procedures such as OCT and visual field testing.

No prior medical or ophthalmic knowledge is required.

Students will receive a login upon registration and can login at their convenience. The convenient online format can be accessed 24/7 on any internet connected computer.

The course must be completed within 3 months of commencement. A guideline for completion of all subjects is 40 hours.

Students must complete the five subjects below plus a comprehensive examination. Within each subject there are multiple short quizzes to measure students’ understanding of key terms, topics and learning objectives.

1. Introduction to Ophthalmic Practice

a) The Role of the Ophthalmic Assistant
b) Basic Eye Anatomy

2. Basic Testing Procedures

a) History Taking
b) Observations and Common Anomalies
c) Basic Optics, Vertometry & Autorefraction
d) Visual Acuity
e) Slit Lamp, Tonometry & Pachymetry
f) Pupil Assessment & Dilation *

3. Common Eye Disorders

a) Cataract
b) Glaucoma
c) Age-related Macular Degeneration
d) Flashes & Floaters, Posterior Vitreous Detachment and Retinal Detachment
e) Diabetic Retinopathy

4. Specialised Testing Procedure

a) Visual Field Testing
b) Optical Coherence Tomography
c) A-Scan (does not include
procedure for contact A-Scan)
d) Retinal Photography and Fundus Fluorescein Angiography

5. Clinical Skills

a) Triaging Patient Priority
b) Common Eye Drops
c) Infection Control
d) Patient Examination Protocol

6. Final Examination

The student must receive a mark of 75%
or over to pass
A statement of completion will be issued on
completion of the course and passing of
final exam

* Instillation of eye drops and ointment

This course is designed to teach when and how eye drops are used in an ophthalmic clinic, it does not prepare a student to administer S4 medication.

System Compatibility

The course is designed to be used on a PC or Mac. It can be used on an iPad, however the free Articulate Mobile App must first be downloaded from the Apple Store.

Android devices are not supported at this time.

Ophthalmic Receptionist Online Training Course

This is a short course that provides basic theoretical ophthalmic and clinical knowledge for new and existing administrative staff. This course does not cover any ophthalmic assisting skills.

It aims to improve confidence and assist reception staff when communicating with patients in the clinic and over the phone, and help with triage and patient bookings.

No prior medical or ophthalmic knowledge is required.

Students will receive a login upon registration and can login at their convenience. The convenient online format can be accessed 24/7 on any internet connected computer.

The course must be completed within 6 weeks of commencement. A guideline for completion of all subjects is 12 hours.

Students must complete the 3 subjects below plus a comprehensive examination. Within each subject there are multiple short quizzes to measure students’ understanding of key terms, topics and learning objectives.

1. Introduction to Ophthalmic Practice

a) The Roles in an Eye Clinic
b) Basic Eye Anatomy

2. Common Eye Disorders

a) Cataract
b) Glaucoma
c) Age-related Macular Degeneration
d) Flashes & Floaters, Posterior Vitreous
Detachment and Retinal Detachment
e) Diabetic Retinopathy

3. Clinical Skills

a) Triaging Patient Priority
b) Common Eye Drops
c) Infection Control

4. Final Examination

The student must receive a mark of 75%
or over to pass
A statement of completion will be issued on
completion of the course and passing of
final exam

System Compatibility

The course is designed to be used on a PC or Mac. It can be used on an iPad, however the free Articulate Mobile App must first be downloaded from the Apple Store.

Android devices are not supported at this time.