Technician Certification-COA, COT, COMT & NCLE

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Technician Certification-COA, COT, COMT & NCLE

The eye doctors and staff of Baltimore Washington Eye Center are thrilled to extend our congratulations to Meredith on becoming a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant. Meredith joins a long and ever growing list of past and current employees to achieve certification as an Ophthalmic Assistant or Ophthalmic Technician through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). When we hire new employees we strive to hire those with the highest levels of achievement and certification. For our current employees, we encourage them through training and mentorship to study for and pass the certification exams. Many, like Meredith, have put in the time and effort required to accomplish this goal. Baltimore Washington Eye Center values the depth and breadth of skill and knowledge acquired through the certification process as we believe it enhances the care we provide to our patients.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or COA is an initial level of certification. Applicants must pass a home study course and a written examination. Obtaining your COA requires at least 6 months of study and experience and provides basic training in all the skills required to do a comprehensive patient work up. Certified Ophthalmic Technician or COT is a higher level certification that requires at least a year of study and training. COTs perform many of the same functions as a COA but with more in depth knowledge and greater degree of experience. Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist or COMT is the highest certification offered. It requires at least two years of intense study. COMTs perform at a higher level that COTs and have experience with specialized technologies like retinal photography and ultrasound. They also have experience in training and supervising other technicians. Here is a summary of the certifications currently held by members of our staff.

Cece:  COT, NCLE (Contact Lens Certification) & Working toward COMT
Lorie:  NCLE
Amber:  COA & Working toward COT
Jen H: COA & Working toward COT
Jen G: COA & Working toward COT
Aunika: COT & COMT
Margaret: COA & Working toward COT

Collectively these women bring more than 65 years of experience to our practice.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area that staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear  and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.

Guest Blogger: Shari E. Strier, O.D. with the Baltimore Washington Eye Center