The Vision Care Technology Program offers classroom,
clinical and laboratory training utilizing state of the art instrumentation in
preparation for careers in the vision care field.
With the increase in the nation's population and the aging
of the baby boom generation, the demand for vision care services and a trained
corps of ophthalmic professionals has risen. This demand exists in private
optometric and ophthalmological practices, national vision centers, health
maintenance organizations, laser surgery and specialty practices, laboratory
and ophthalmic sales.
Among program goals is the provision of necessary
theoretical and practical training to enable students to successfully complete
the American Board of Opticianry, National Contact Lens Examination and New
York State licensing exams in Ophthalmic Dispensing and Contact Lenses.
Classroom lectures, clinics and laboratories involve skills
training in lensometry, pupillometry, keratometry, biomicroscopy, tonometry,
perimetry, auto-refraction, corneal topography and retinal imaging. Students
are trained in the use of computers to maintain patient's protected health
information and prescription requirements.
To complement classroom and laboratory training, students
will participate in two clinical externships at participating optometric and
ophthalmological private practices and vision centers. The program
has over 70 affiliated and approved vision care sites in Western New York.
Second year students gain purposeful clinical experience
through supervised participation in the Community Eye Clinic at Friends of
Night People which offers eye examinations and prescription eyeglasses to those
in need in the community.
graduation of the program students participate in credentialing exams
administered by the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens
Examiners and state licensure exams through the Office of Professions, New York
State Education Department.