The Ophthalmic Technology Certificate program at Mercy College of Ohio recently received an Optical Coherence Tomographer donated by Michael J. Janowicz, M.D., of the Toledo Clinic. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test, using light waves to take pictures of the eye which are then used to provide diagnosis and treatment guidance.
Ophthalmic medical personnel are highly skilled professionals who work under the direction of a licensed ophthalmologist. They assist ophthalmologists by performing clinical functions and may administer eye tests, instill eye medications, and instruct patients in the care and use of corrective lenses. In northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, ophthalmic medical personnel are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of ophthalmic medical personnel is expected to grow much faster than average (14 percent or higher) from 2014 to 2024, with projected job openings of 12,800.” The Bureau also reports median wages (2015) of $16.99 hourly or $35,350 annually.
Mercy College’s Ophthalmic Technology program allows students to begin their training in the college’s ophthalmic laboratory during the first semester. In the second semester of the program, training shifts to clinical rotations with hands-on experiences in local eye care practices, where students have the opportunity to care for patients directly under the supervision of an experienced preceptor and observe procedures such as LASIK and visit operating rooms. Dr. Janowicz’s donation will allow the college’s ophthalmic technology students to practice valuable skills that will strengthen their professional knowledge and provide a greater level of patient care.
Donna Campbell, COMT, program lead for the Ophthalmic Technology program at Mercy College states, “The two semester program is a fantastic opportunity for students to receive preparation in an area where there is a great need. The program’s lecture courses are online to provide flexibility for individuals who want a fast entry into an exciting healthcare career. Those who enjoy helping others and learning new skills would make a wonderful ophthalmic technician. Employment is typically weekdays during regular office hours often with employee benefits.”
Mercy College is currently accepting applications for the Ophthalmic Technology program which begins in August. For more information call 419-251-1313 or visit mercycollege.edu/eye.