This course includes a thorough review of topics 7-13 in JCAHPO'S content outline of topics covered on the COT certification exam. The cost of this course is $150.00. It is intended for intermediate levels. To review topic 1-6 please see our COA Prep Course.

  • JCAHPO does not sponsor this or any other review course. Course material is based on the instructors' interpretation of the content areas outlined in the JCAHPO Criteria for Certification and Recertification handbook, and the instructors of this review course have no direct knowledge of the specific certification examination questions.
  • This course is designed to review and prepare you for taking the written JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) certification test. The course details the information listed on the JCAHPO examination study guide in content areas 7-13, which are the content areas covered on the COT test. Note that topics 1-6 are covered in our COA Prep Course.

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    After completing this section the student should be able to do the following:

    • Identify properties of light waves
    • Describe how prism is induced in spectacles
    • List the colors that are found if white light is split apart
    • Describe the Quantum theory
    • Describe the Wave theory
    • Describe index of refraction
    • Define reflection
    • Describe how the density of a medium affects light rays passing through that medium
    • Identify converging lenses
    • Identify diverging lenses
    • Describe spherical lenses
    • Describe how radius of curvature relates to steepness of a lens
    • Calculate the sphere cylinder equivalent for prescriptions
    • Transpose prescriptions from plus cylinder to minus cylinder and from minus cylinder to plus cylinder forms
    • Discuss spherical aberration
    • Describe Chromatic aberration
    • Describe distortion
    • Describe curvature of field
    • Describe Magnification and minification
    • Calculate the amount of induced prism in decentered spectacle lenses
    • Identify the average refractive powers of the cornea and lens
    • Describe myopic refractive errors
    • Describe hyperopic refractive errors
    • Describe Astigmatism including the different types
    • Define presbyopia
    • Identify prism as horizontal or vertical
    • Describe the With reflex in retinoscopy
    • Describe the Against reflex in retinoscopy
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    • Describe the Neutral reflex in retinoscopy
    • Identify the parts of the retinoscope
    • Identify the parts on the phoropter
    • Describe how to correct With movement
    • Describe how to correct Against movement
    • Identify when you have reached the endpoint in retinoscopy
    • Identify how to take away the working distance in retinoscopy
    • Describe the fogging technique in refractometry
    • Describe how to perform the duochrome test (red/green) test in refractometry
    • Describe how to utilitze the clock dial and axis dial astigmatic dials
    • Identify approximately how much myopic power should be given to a patient depending on their vision
    • Describe how to use the Jackson Cross cylinder to refine cylinder axis
    • Describe how to use the Jackson cross cylinder to refine cylinder power
    • Identify when Vertex distance is important and why
    • Describe aphakic spectacles
    • List types of low vision aides
    • Identify the actions of the extraocular muscles
    • Define phoria and tropia
    • Identify horizontal versus vertical deviations
    • Define pseudostrabismus
    • Describe paralytic deviations
    • Define organic versus functional amblyopia
    • Describe treatment options for amblyopia
    • Describe the cover/uncover test
    • Describe the prism alternate cover test
    • Describe the cross cover test
    • Identify the correct placement of prisms to correct deviations
    • Describe the Hirschberg and Krimsky measurement techniques
    • Identify the diagnostic positions of gaze
    • Describe the Maddox Rod test
    • Describe how to perform the Worth 4 Dot test along with how to interpert the answers
    • Describe how to perform stereo testing using the Titmus test
    • Describe how to test convergence amplitudes and near point of accommodation
    • Define ductions
    • Discuss the 5 types of vergence
    • Dicuss fusion tests like red glass, bagolini lenses, etc.
    • Identify and describe the 4 territories in the visual pathways
    • List types of visual field defects associated with lesions/problems in each territory
    • Define isopter
    • List different methods and techniques for testing visual fields
    • List sources of error in visual field testing
    • Describe what types of visual field defects arise from different diseases
    • Define the parameters of contact lenses
    • Discuss the steps to fitting a soft contact lens including how to evaluate the fit
    • Discuss the steps to fitting a soft toric contact lens including how to evaluate the fit
    • Discuss the steps to fitting an RGP contact lens including how to evaluate the fit
    • Describe how to insert/ remove/ and clean a soft contact lens
    • Describe how to insert/ remove/ and clean an RGP contact lens
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    • Discuss ways to verify the prescription in an RGP lens
    • Describe the parts of the angle and how they play a part in the intraocular pressure
    • Describe the basic mechanism of Glaucoma and define what cupping is
    • Describe ways angle closure can occur and what treatment can be done for it
    • Describe the indentation technique for measuring IOP including what instrument is used and what sources of error exist
    • Define what each of these types of medications do in regards to the eye: Anesthetics, Mydriatics, Epinephrine, Beta blockers, Miotics, Steroids, Antibiotics, Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors, Antihistamines, Vasoconstrictors, Osmotics, and NSAIDS
    • Identify how film speed is related to ISO numbers
    • Describe properties of photography including: grain size, color versus black and white, shutter speed, F stop, pixels, contrast, depth of field, aperture, resolution, and white balance
    • Describe how to perform fundus photography
    • Identify how to correct artifacts on fundus photography
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