Why Hire a Program-Trained Ophthalmic Technologist?

Accredited educational programs go through an intensive process of review by the Committee on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Personnel. This involved process assures that appropriate educational and clinical criteria are met by graduates of training programs. Graduates of accredited programs are then eligible to sit for national written and practical board exams given by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). The program at Eastern Virginia Medical School/Old Dominion University requires all candidates for graduation to take the written board exam given by JCAHPO.

A graduate of the EVMS/ODU Ophthalmic Technology Program has trained alongside the ophthalmology residents at EVMS for 22 months. Students participate in all residency clinics and many lectures in the residency series. Additionally, Ophthalmic Technology students attend approximately 400 hours of "tech" lectures during the two-year program. 

Several externships provide practical experience in "patient flow" and office efficiency, as well as specific areas like contact lens fitting and pediatric evaluation. Second-year students also learn the art of supervision and assist in training first-year students.

An ophthalmologist is busy seeing his/her patients. Who has time for in-office training of personnel? A certified, program-trained ophthalmic technologist (COMT) is trained at the highest level of ophthalmic medical personnel. They are qualified and prepared to assist you in examining a variety of patients, performing diagnostic testing, and providing training to your office employees.

For more information on the Ophthalmic Technology Program, contact optech@evms.edu or call 757.446.5104.