Continuing Education

... In the power of continuing education and learning from one another. Please check out the resources below to join us virtually or in-person for continuing education and camaraderie.

2024 Symposia

  • Fargo - Friday, September 20th
  • Montana - Friday, October 11th
  • Omaha - Friday, October 25th

2024 Evening of Education

  • Alexandria - Thursday, April 18th
  • South Sioux City - Thursday, September 26th

Tech Training

Course Title: Course Description / Objectives:
Physiology &
Anatomy of the Eye
Description: This lecture is a review of the anatomy and physiology of the eye. Each optical system is reviewed.
Objectives: Identify each system and its respective functions.
Assisting in Surgical
Description: This lecture is an introduction to eye procedures, anesthesia, and instrumentation.
Objectives: Identify the seven ophthalmic surgical categories, the 3 types of anesthesia, and the five instruments commonly used in a procedure.
Ophthalmic Imaging Description: This lecture is an introduction to the types of ophthalmic imaging - from external to the posterior segment.
Objectives: Identify imaging done from the external to the posterior segment. Describe the three types of photography. Describe the function of a B Scan.
Visual Fields & Tonometry Description: This lecture is a review of the Visual Field to include the findings of a visual field and the reasons for the test. This lecture also reviews the 2 types of perimetry and their goals.
Objectives: Define the visual pathway, scotoma, why a visual field is ordered, and the types of a visual field. Identify the two types of perimetry and when to do them.
Microbiology & Equipment
Repair and Maintenance
Description: This course is a review of microorganisms and viruses from the infection to the treatment. This course also covers the care and repair of clinical equipment.
Objectives: Identify the pathway of a virus from infection to treatment. Describe four methods of transmission. Identify Universal precautions.
History Taking &
Pupillary Assessment
Description: This lecture is an in-depth review of the eight components of history taking and a proper pupillary assessment.
Objectives: Identify the 8 components of history taking and the steps of a proper pupillary assessment.
Ophthalmic Patient
Services & Education
Description: This lecture is a review of the most common patient questions and how to properly triage them.
Objectives: Identify the three questions to ask during a phone call and the 2 phone calls that require emergency visits.
Supplemental Skills Description: This lecture is a review of the advanced testing skills for various ophthalmic visits.
Objectives: Define how to calculate the IOL power, identify the two basic dry eye testing strategies, and how to test for the dominant eye.
Ocular Motilities Description: This lecture is a review of the extra-ocular muscles and the movements that correspond with them.
Objectives: Identify 4 movements and 4 extra-ocular muscles. Describe the various ways to test for fusional vergences.
Pharmacology Description: This lecture provides a basic understanding of common ophthalmic drugs - delivery systems, classes, usage, side effects, and reactions.
Objectives: Define the four delivery systems. Identify two of the following - cycloplegic drops, anesthetics, and dyes.
Visual Assessment /
Lensometry & Spectacle Skills
Description: In this lecture, we will review how to determine and record visual acuity along with the charts. We will also lecture on lensometry and how to read various lens types.
Objectives: The learner will be able to define the steps to properly check visual acuity, and how to measure spherical, astigmatic, and multifocal lenses.
Keratometry &
Contact Lenses
Description: In this lecture, we will review the purpose and types of keratometers. Descriptions of contact lenses are also presented.
: Identify the 4 types of keratometers and the purpose of the test. Identify the types of contact lenses and their advantages and disadvantages.