Comprehensive training for optometric staff available on CD

August 8, 2013

The Paraoptometric Skill Builder® online training program, one of many education tools offered by the AOA Paraoptometric Section, now offers staff training for seasoned optometric staff with the release of the Advanced Level 3 program.

The Advanced Level 3 available on CD consists of 14 units covering:

  • Advanced terminology
  • Advanced anatomy and physiology
  • Contact lenses
  • Color vision
  • Low vision rehabilitation/special ocular procedures
  • Vision therapy
  • Refractive status of the eye
  • Frame adjustments/ tools and repairs
  • Compliance and regulations
  • Practice management/ insurance processing
  • Practice management/ dispensary staff and sales
  • Calculating and evaluating prism
  • Spectacle lens problem-solving
  • Practice management/ public relations, promotion and staff recognition

Each unit is an automated PowerPoint presentation with start-and-stop features and is designed to expand knowledge and expertise of experienced staff. Audio instruction provides a more engaging learning experience. Staff can view the 20-minute units from any computer any time for convenience.

Training is an important part of optometric staff development. Optometrists are pulled in many directions and fitting staff training into busy schedules can sometimes be an impossible task.

“I wholehearteartedly encourage my staff to take as much education as they want to better educate themselves,” said David May, O.D. of Waunakee, Wisc. “The benefits are immeasurable. I also believe that those practices that have Paraoptometric-certified employees are usually the most successful optometric practices. This is not by chance. I think we can all agree that education breeds success.”

All three levels of the Paraoptometric Skill Builder® program (beginner, intermediate and advanced) are available on CD. The Beginner Level 1 is also available free online as a Paraoptometric Section member benefit.

Learn more by searching “Paraoptometric Skill Builder” at www.aoa.org.

The Advanced Level 3 unit is funded through an education grant from Vistakon.

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