COM Offering Ophthalmic Assistance Course

Posted on: August 26, 2011

College of the Mainland, in partnership with UTMB Health, is offering an ophthalmic assistant training program for the first time this fall from Sept. 12 through Jan. 16, 2012. This course provides the knowledge and skills to work in an ophthalmologist office, and teaches patient care by having students perform different eye-related clinical procedures. Students will learn about the various functions of the ophthalmic office including: taking medical histories; testing for visual and/or color diseases of the eye; performing certain eye assessments; and fitting eyeglasses and contact lenses. The course prepares students for the certification exam.

Dr. Manuj Kapur, a UTMB ophthalmologist and a cornea specialist, said that there is a tremendous demand for ophthalmic assistants across the country. “This course will prepare students for a successful career as an ophthalmic assistant. Through classroom and clinical training, students will gain hands-on experience in taking medical histories, performing eye assessments, gaining proficiency in using high-tech eye equipment, fitting eye glasses and contacts, and assisting doctors in performing eye procedures,” Kapur said.

Classes will be held at the COM Learning Center-Allied Health Center at 200 Parker Court in League City. All clinical training will occur at UTMB Health Eye Center. Lectures will be given by UTMB ophthalmic physicians. For more information call 409-933-8224 or 409-933-8512.

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