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AOA online course focuses on ametropia

January 20, 2012

Optometrists may play an increasingly important role in the care of eye health conditions, but they should never lose sight of vision care, according to Lynn D. Greenspan, O.D., assistant professor at the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the lecturer for EyeLearn™’s new Ametropia/ Ophthalmic Optics interactive online continuing education course.

Like medical eye care, vision care is an evolving field with new lens designs and materials constantly being introduced, Dr. Greenspan noted. Online education programs such as the EyeLearn™ Ametropia/ Ophthalmic Optics course can provide an easy, convenient way to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in refractive correction while brushing up on some of the basics, she said.

Like much of online content offered on EyeLearn™, the Ametropia/ Ophthalmic Optics course was developed in large part to assist optometrists who are preparing for American Board of Optometry (ABO) certification.

However, the course – particularly the opening sections – may also be appropriate for others, including optometric office staff who desire an introduction to refractive correction and eyewear dispensing, Dr. Greenspan said.

It has drawn a “five star (excellent)” rating from course-takers so far.
 The course opens with a one-hour basic overview of dispensing techniques followed by a 45-minute review of lens designs and a half-hour review of lens materials.

Dr. Greenspan then moves on to clinical topics, explaining the assessment, differential diagnosis, treatment and management options for refractive error and refractive amblyopia. Clinical modules range in length from 10 minutes to a little over a half hour.

As with all EyeLearn™ interactive learning modules, the course concludes with an online assessment test.

The complete course totals just less than five hours in length (251 minutes). However, the electronic format allows practitioners to pause at any point and return to the course later.

Practitioners can also repeat units if they do not adequately understand the material covered.

Each unit comes with one or more self-assessment quizzes that appear periodically. Course handouts are provided on the Web site. Course takers can even follow the speaker word-for-word using course transcripts that are also provided on the site. 

In addition to interactive learning modules, practitioners can easily access supplemental resources such as AOA Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines and articles from Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association as well as a range of pre-recorded audio or video lectures.

A Continuing Education (CE) Finder feature allows optometrists to find appropriate classroom continuing education programs on refractive correction and related subjects, offered by state optometric associations, regional optometric organizations, and the AOA.

The EyeLearn™ online education portal is an exclusive AOA member benefit. AOA members can take courses and access materials free of charge. The optometric education portal can be accessed at www.aoa.org/eyelearn.

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