Now that you have read about
the steps I recommend in How To Get Started
in Ophthalmic Imaging: Part 1, I encourage you to read this second section
to learn more about some organizations and resources that are important to know
about in the field of Ophthalmic Imaging.
This list is by no means complete, but will give you a good place to
start while you are trying to break into this field. For those with experience in the field,
please add any information in the comments.
(UNC Student, Alexa Waters, checking out ActionEd)
Bachelor of Science Degree
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
RIT offers a Bachelor of
Science degree in Biomedical Photographic Communications. Toward the end of this 4 year program,
students can decide to concentrate in ophthalmic photography. An internship is a requirement for graduation
and many students complete internships in ophthalmology. About half of the students graduating each
year join the ophthalmic imaging community.
To my knowledge this is the only 4 year program that has courses on
ophthalmic imaging in the country.
Resources for Educational Programs
Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society (OPS):
The OPS is a non-profit
organization that is run by Ophthalmic Imagers.
Each year the OPS holds two national educational programs that educate
attendees on fundus photography, fluoresecin angiography, Optical Coherence
Tomography (OCT), anatomy, physiology, and pathology. Additional topics that are relevant to our
field are also covered. The OPS also
provides two different certifications:
the Certified Retinal Angiographer (CRA) and the OCT-Certified
(OCT-C). Local chapters of the OPS also
offer educational opportunities at smaller meetings.
JMC Eye Photo
John Michael Coppinger has
been teaching students through JMC Eye Photo for close to 30 years. Several times a year, workshops are offered
across the country. Current workshops
teach OCT, ultrasound and fundus photography.
Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in
JCAHPO is a non-profit organization
for ophthalmic allied health personnel.
They offer certification and continuing education for ophthalmic
technicians. In many offices,
technicians also perform ophthalmic imaging.
Online Education Sites
ACTIONed is a resource for online ophthalmic
education. Several ophthalmic
organizations are collaborating to provide this online educational service for
ophthalmic professionals. The
organizations involved are: JCAHPO,
ATPO, ASORN, CSOMP, OPS, and ASOA
Eyetec provides online
education designed to help prepare students for certification. There is also a job search function available
on this site.
I recommend getting your hands on
either of the Photography texts below to get started with fundus
Ophthalmic Photography: Retinal
Photography, Angiography, and Electronic Imaging
Patrick J. Saine and Marshall E. Tyler (2002)
Butterworth-Heinemann Medical; ISBN: 0750673729
After you’ve read about OCT
Imaging on the OPS website (here’s the link:
you should dive into a book. This one
below was written by the OCT inventors and is highly recommended.
OCT: Handbook for Clinicians and
Joel S. Schuman,
Carmen A. Puliafito, and James G. Fujimoto (2006)
Incorporated: ISBN: 1556427816
For additional online and
book resources check out the reference pages for the OPS Certifications. If students use these resources to study for
their certifications, they are likely to be good ones to learn from as
CRA Reference page: www.opsweb.org/?page=crareference
OCT-C Reference page: www.opsweb.org/?page=octcreferences
There are many technician
programs across the country. I am just
listing a few as a sample of what is available.
Many of these courses will discuss Ophthalmic Imaging a little bit, but
their main focus is to prepare you to be a Technician.
Henry Ford Community College
This is a 2 year associate’s degree to become an Ophthalmic Technician. While many technicians also perform imaging tests, they spend a lot of time with responsibilities other than imagining. The two credit hour Ophthalmic Photography course will be an introduction to imaging procedures for external and internal ocular structures, including slit lamp and fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, and other relevant imaging techniques.
Old Dominion University/ Eastern Virginia Medical School
The School of Health Professions offers a 22-month program in Ophthalmic Technology. The credits are also able to be used for a Bachelor of Science degree. At the end of the program, students are prepared to sit for JCAHPO’s Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT).
River Grove, IL
This is an associate’s degree in Applied Science. Five semesters of courses that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Programs are offered.
Sarah Moyer joined UNC's staff
as the Director of Ophthalmic Imaging in 2006. Prior to working at UNC,
Sarah worked as an Ophthalmic Photographer at Columbia University in New
York City and earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical
Photographic Communications at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In
2007, Sarah was elected to the Board of Education for the Ophthalmic
Photographers' Society.In 2011, Sarah was appointed co-chair of the PDC.