Optometrists are healthcare professionals who work with vision and visual systems. These individuals are “skilled in testing for defects of vision in order to prescribe corrective lenses.” The term optometry comes form the Greek root “optos” which means vision or eye as well as the root “metria” means measurement.
As an optometrist you need to know what is happening in the vision care field at all times. Online learning is flexible, convenient and enriching. Over the Internet you will find a plethora of courses that you can take to fulfill your requirements for continuing education. It is important however that you make sure that the coursework is accurate and comprehensive. You also need to make sure that the course you are looking at will satisfy the state licensing board or whatever the governing body is that renews your optometric license. Always make sure that the courses you wish to take meet the CE requirements.
You need to choose an online school that is accredited. This means that it meets minimum standards set down by the board that governs online schools. While studying at a school that does not have accreditation can be beneficial for your work and can also be educational it will not get you the credits you need to be accepted and approved by the licensing board.
There are some online continuing education courses for optometrists that will cost you while there are others that are free of charge. One example of the latter is the free online CE courses that are brought to you by Contact Lens Spectrum which offers these courses in conjunction with the New England College of Optometry. These courses are supported by an educational grant from The Vision Care Institute, LLC (a Johnson & Johnson Company). The free online continuing education course for optometrists is approved by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) for optometrists and by the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) for opticians.
In order to obtain credits for each of these online courses you must be a licensed optometrist or an NCLE-certified contact lens fitter. You also must read and study all of the work that is presented to you in the courses. You must complete the test at the end of each course and receive a grade of 70 percent or higher on it. Examples of topics covered in these courses include contact lens material, imaging and instrumentation in contact lens practice, educating patients about UV radiation and dry eyes.
Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon offers online continuing education course for optometrists that cover many of the pertinent topics related to optometry. The educational possibilities are vast when you study through this school. The courses are designed to make sure that you satisfy the requirements for license renewal. Be aware that all of the online courses are COPE approved and can be used to satisfy requirements in all states.
Other online schools you can look to for the courses you require include Colorado Technical University Online, Brookline College-Online, Penn Foster Schools and South University. Do some browsing online and compare what each school has to offer before you register for any course in particular.