About the Ophthalmic Technology Program

Ophthalmic Technology patient examining patientOphthalmic Technology is a subspecialty within the field of ophthalmology.  The 22-month program at Old Dominion University and Eastern Virginia Medical School begins in August.  It has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP) since 1985. We are proud to be one of only five programs in the country and be one of only two that offer a Bachelor of Science degree.

An Ophthalmic Technologist collects data and performs special testing to aid the Ophthalmologist in diagnosis and treatment of the patient. Ophthalmic Technology lends itself to various avenues of specialization:‌

  • Ophthalmic Photography
  • Ophthalmic Ultrasonography
  • Contact Lens
  • Ophthalmic Surgical Assisting
  • Low-Vision Optics

The program at ODU/EVMS believes that certification is important, and requires each student to take national written board exams as a requirement of graduation.  The program has gained a reputation for high quality graduates, and employment opportunities are outstanding for our graduates who are usually recruited early in the last semester prior to June graduation.