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ERIC Number: ED531234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 67
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
2007 Mississippi Curriculum Framework: Postsecondary Optometric Assisting Technology. (Program CIP: 51.1802 - Optometric Technician/Assistant)
Scott, Veronica
Research and Curriculum Unit
As the world economy continues to evolve, businesses and industries must adopt new practices and processes in order to survive. Quality and cost control, work teams and participatory management, and an infusion of technology are transforming the way people work and do business. Employees are now expected to read, write, and communicate effectively; think creatively, solve problems, and make decisions; and interact with each other and the technologies in the workplace. Vocational-technical programs must also adopt these practices in order to provide graduates who can enter and advance in the changing work world. The curriculum framework in this document reflects these changes in the workplace and a number of other factors that impact on local vocational-technical programs. The Optometric Assisting Technology program is a two-year program which leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Optometric Assisting. Alternately, students may complete a 1+1 certificate option in the program. The Optometric Technician's primary responsibilities are to help the licensed Optometrist in eye and vision care. Activities include measuring the curvature of the cornea, color testing, stereo-testing, taking acuities, retinal and corneal photography, measuring the pressure of the eye, determining the power of old and new eye glass prescriptions, helping clients select frames, and measuring facial contours. The Optometric Technician educates the patient on the tests being done and on choices in eyeglasses to help decrease uncertainty or fear in clients. Other duties may include dispensing contact lenses, determining the power and dimensions of old and new contact lenses, and explaining the care and handling of lenses. It is also often necessary to explain the use and application of pharmaceutical agents to the eye. Laboratory work and general management of a vision clinic is occasionally necessary. Industry standards referenced are based on the "Certified Paraoptometric Examination Guide." Appended are: (1) Standards Based on the Certified Paraoptometric Examination Guide; (2) Related Academic Standards; and (3) 21st Century Skills. A list of suggested references is provided for each unit. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State University, Research and Curriculum Unit; Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Technical Education
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi