Career Quest ophthalmic students from the Jackson campus recently got a glimpse of what their future careers as ophthalmic assistants might hold when they visited the Specialty Eye Institute in Jackson. The off-campus lesson gave students the opportunity to check out an actual optometrist office.
“We have quite a bit of equipment here on campus,” said instructor Diane Wilson, “but to give students exposure to some of the more expensive equipment we go to area eye doctors.”
According to Diane, Career Quest tries to do these sorts of field trips three times during the 35 week program so students get an authentic sense of how a doctor’s office is run. She said the students always love the opportunity to demonstrate what they know and work on professional equipment in a real world setting. She said that as they use it correctly and capture high quality images, they get a real sense of accomplishment.
During their visit to Specialty Eye Institute, the students got plenty of “hands-on experience” as they practiced taking pictures of the retina, using each other as “patients.”
Diane enjoys watching the students learn from each other and she said it happens all the time.
“I can teach students the way I understand things,” said Diane, “but then they also teach each other, and they do it in a way they understand, speaking the same language.”
But Diane definitely speaks the ophthalmic language. She has 30 years of experience. She knows all about the tests and procedures students will need to know to work in the field and how to perform them the best way. She knows the inner workings of the eye doctor’s office and how assistants can be the most helpful to optometrists and their patients. She also has a deep understanding of eye diseases, treatments, procedures, and surgeries. And she understands the importance of an efficient and well-run office.
Now it’s time to pass some of that knowledge along.
“I love teaching,” said Diane. “A lot of my previous positions involved teaching people how to use equipment and do things in the office. Now I’m just taking it to a higher level.”
And the Career Quest Learning Centers students are lucky she is. At the school for more than two years now, Diane teaches all the basics—and then some. She instructs them on:
· Anatomy and pathology of the eyes
· Ocular measurements and imaging
· Proper eye exam techniques
· Ocular pharmacology
· Patient medical histories
· Medical ethics
· Medical office administration
· and more!
If you’d like to learn more about a career as an ophthalmic assistant and how you could train to become one, give us a call today in Lansing at 877-481-4930 or in Jackson at 877-365-8144.