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Online Optometry Courses and Classes Overview

A number of medical schools offer online optometry courses through their continuing education departments; such classes are typically designed for individuals who already hold a Doctor of Optometry degree. Courses are available in stand-alone format and may result in a certificate.

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Essential Information

Optometry is a branch of medicine that focuses on the eye and vision disorders. After earning the necessary undergraduate credits, aspiring optometrists enroll in a 4-year program to earn a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) credential. Many students complete a 1-year residency after completing their O.D. degree. Those levels of optometry studies are not available online.

However, online courses can be an option for established practitioners who need continuing education credits to meet state regulatory medical licensing board requirements. In addition to an updated computer and Internet access, students taking online optometry courses may need specific software programs to view course materials, such as Microsoft PowerPoint.

Online Courses in Optometry

The summaries below provide a sampling of some commonly offered online optometry courses.

  • Ethics and Optometric Laws Course: Students learn about substance-abuse disorders and how to identify addiction along with treatment strategies. They review state laws and ethical issues in optometry and keep current with changes in policies.
  • Oral Medications in Eye Care Course: This course covers some uncommon eye disorders, such as herpetic eye disease, which require oral medication for treatment. It presents case studies in order to illustrate effects and treatment strategies. Lessons inform on the prescription of oral medications that are commonly used in optometry.
  • Glaucoma Course: Glaucoma refers to a class of ocular disorders that gradually lead to vision loss. In this course, students use progression software showing case studies in order to diagnose and interpret visual field defects in glaucoma. They also review the many different presentations of glaucoma to increase familiarity.
  • Optometric Laser Surgery Course: Lasers are used to treat many eye diseases and conditions. This course explores various laser procedures and techniques such as Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty and Iridoplasty. It also discusses postoperative complications.
  • Ophthalmic Emergencies Course: Students will review ways to diagnose and treat ophthalmic emergencies including burns, blunt trauma and hyphema.
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