Paraoptometric Skill Builder: Advanced

The Advanced Level 3 course is the third and final level of the Paraoptometric Skill Builder®. No matter what level of experience or knowledge, the Paraoptometric Skill Builder® offers you an easy, convenient, and fun learning experience.  This course includes 14 units:


Topics include:
1. Advanced Terminology
2. Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
3. Contact Lenses Part 3
4. Color Vision
5. Low Vision Rehabilitation/ Special Ocular Procedures
6. Vision Therapy
7. Refractive Status of the Eye
8. Frame Adjustments, Tools and Repairs
9. Compliance and Regulations
10. Insurance Processing
11. Dispensary Staff and Sales
12. Calculating and Evaluating Prism
13. Spectacle Lens Problem Solving
14. Public Relations, Promotion, and Staff Recognition


Seminar Information
Seminar Date:
October 21, 2020
Module 1 - Advanced Terminology

Every day, all day long, a paraoptometric communicates with other medical professionals.  As prescribed by the optometrist, they discuss ocular conditions, diseases, treatments and diagnoses.  As a vital part of the optometric team involved in patient care, it is imperative that the paraoptometric be able to effectively and accurately communicate with those other professionals.  But, in order to communicate you need to understand the words being used!  Advanced Terminology is the first unit in this advanced series.  In Unit One of the Intermediate Level, we focused on common prefixes, roots and suffixes a paraoptometric might encounter in daily practice.  In this advanced unit, we will focus on specific terminology that encompasses more complex topic areas.  

Module 2 - Advanced Anatomy and Physiology

The human body is made up of a network of vastly complicated, highly specific, finely tuned, interconnected systems. The human body is simply amazing. And the ocular system is one of these remarkable anatomical elements. Advanced Anatomy and Physiology is the second unit in this advanced series. In the Intermediate Level, we introduced you to several the basic anatomical features of the ocular system as well as common ocular conditions. In this advanced unit, we will focus on additional ocular anatomical and physiological areas that a paraoptometric may encounter, as well as provide you with an overview of the function of the other major systems of the body. We’re ready to get started with Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, another unit in the AOA’s Paraoptometric Skill Builder training program.

Module 3 - Contact Lenses Part 3

More than 30 million people in the United States wear contact lenses and it’s estimated that the number is as high as 125 million people worldwide. In fact, you yourself may be a contact lens wearer! Welcome to Advanced Level Contact Lenses. In the Beginner and Intermediate Level Contact Lens programs, we introduced you to a contact lens prescription, various lens materials, the application and removal of contact lenses, care systems, instrumentation, ordering, verification, as well as the guidelines imposed by HIPAA and the FCLCA. In this advanced level unit, we will focus on special lens designs and uses, the progress evaluation, related ocular complications, and an overview of the modification of GP lenses.

Module 4 - Color Vision

Visible light is a combination of all the colors of the spectrum. We’ve come to know these colors as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. We often take for granted being able to distinguish the different shades of green in the trees, the various hues of a sunrise or sunset, even the distinctive colors of a traffic signal. But not everyone can see these unique colors. Welcome to Color Vision. This advanced level series of programs is designed to help you as you continue your education as a paraoptometric. In this advanced level unit, we will review what color vision is, explore color vision tests and look at the incidence and causes of color deficiencies.

Module 5 - Low Vision Rehabilitation/ Special Ocular Procedures

In most optometric practices, the majority of patients have healthy eyes with potentially normal vision. They come to the office and are able to have their vision improved with the aid of eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, there will also be a number of patients who are not able to have vision improved through traditional means and they don’t have the same potential for good vision. Welcome to Low Vision Rehabilitation and Special Ocular Procedures. In unit five of this advanced level, we will review what is considered low vision and describe various low vision devices. We will also introduce other ocular procedures including contrast sensitivity, ocular photography, ophthalmic ultrasound, potential acuity measurement, and biomicroscopy.

Module 6 - Vision Therapy

Helping a patient see their best isn’t always a matter of, “Better one, better two?”  Sometimes it takes more than determining the right refractive correction and putting the proper lenses in place.  Sometimes it involves therapy, exercises and special equipment.  Vision therapy can be not only a necessary tool for patients who need help to correct the position of their eyes, but to increase the function and ability of the eye and entire visual system during specific tasks such as reading or sports. Welcome to Vision Therapy, another unit in this advanced level series of programs that are designed to help you as you continue your education as a paraoptometric.  These Paraoptometric Skill Builder Advanced Level programs are brought to you by the American Optometric Association’s Paraoptometric Section and are funded by a grant from Vistakon, a Johnson & Johnson company.  In this sixth advanced level unit,  we will describe vision therapy and sports therapy, and will outline the commonly used equipment and exercises used.  

Module 7 - Refractive Conditions

The eye is an amazing organ, providing the valuable gift of vision simply by being there. However, there are situations and conditions that can exist that may make this more difficult for some patients than for others. “Refractive Conditions,” the seventh unit in this advanced level series of programs will take a look at a number of these conditions including aphakia, anisometropia, aniseikonia, amblyopia, phorias and tropias. It will take a look at the tests employed to evaluate these conditions, the causes behind them as well as the corrective steps used by optometrists to eliminate or minimize their impact. 

Module 8 - Frame Adjustments, Tools and Repairs

Eyeglasses that fit great and are comfortable is the goal for every patient. Welcome to “Frame Adjustments, Tools and Repairs.” In unit eight of this advanced level, we’ll explain how to perform common frame adjustments and repairs with tools found in most optical dispensaries.

Module 9 - Compliance and Regulations

As we’ve seen in many of these educational units, the eye is a complex and fascinating organ and there is a lot to learn about it! But, a paraoptometric’s role often requires that they understand much more than ocular anatomy and vision. There are rules and regulations, protocols and policies that need to be put in place and followed to ensure the safety of the patient as well as the care providers. This unit will review the government agency OSHA and many of the regulations and guidelines it has in place for the optometric practice. It will also look at the government agencies ANSI, ASTM, FDA, and the FTC. This unit and the others in this program are designed to help you as you continue your education as a paraoptometric.

Module 10 - Insurance Processing

Insurance plays a large role in the management, budget, planning and finances of an optometric practice. In most practices, the majority of patients will have some form of medical coverage making the submitting and processing of insurance claims a vital and necessary part of the practice’s overall management. Improper filing procedures, and/or the use of incorrect codes, can result in a delay in payments, a smaller reimbursement than expected or even a denial of payment. In this unit we will discuss ICD, CPT, and HCPCS codes, as well as HIPAA.

Module 11 - Dispensary Staff and Sales

Many paraoptometrics play a valuable role in the optical department or dispensary of an office or practice. Their role as optician puts them in a unique position to not only interact with patients on a technical, medical level, but on a sales level as well. That singular relationship is what we’ll focus on in this unit, “Dispensary Staff and Sales,” the topic of sales including overcoming objections and price resistance. It will also cover some general customer service areas that should be followed by every paraoptometric who works in the dispensary or optical department.

Module 12 - Calculating and Evaluating Prism

Prisms are the foundation for all ophthalmic lens designs and an understanding of how they work is vital for everyone who works with eyeglasses. Welcome to “Calculating and Evaluating Prism.” This advanced level series of programs is designed to help you as you continue your education as a paraoptometric. In this 12th advanced level unit, we’ll look at how to calculate prism and how to determine if prism was unintentionally added to a prescription.

Module 13 - Spectacle Lens Problem Solving

“I can’t see as well with my new eyeglasses as I did with my old ones.” Sometimes even the best thought out pair of eyeglasses presents a problem for the patient. Welcome to “Spectacle Lens Problem Solving.”  In this thirteenth unit of this advanced level, we’ll look at steps used to isolate problems with eyeglasses.

Module 14 - Public Relations, Promotion, and Staff Recognition

A paraoptometric wears many hats in the office.  They can be a technical assistant to the optometrist, an optician, or a technician who performs tests and evaluations.  They can be in charge of coding and billing, the office’s accountings, inventory control, the front desk, or the dispensary.  And they interact with not only the optometrist, but the patient, other colleagues, industry and the general public.  This fourteenth unit of the Paraoptometric Skill Builder Advanced Level series of programs, “Public Relations, Promotions and Staff Recognition,”  is all about a paraoptometric’s unique practice management hat.  This unit covers public relations and marketing strategies, press releases, staff recognition and retention.  

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