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International Core Curriculum for Refractive Error: English and French

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Posted on February 13, 2016
Topic: CME/CPD, Eye Care, ICO Programs and Initiatives, Ophthalmic Educators, Uncorrected Refractive Error
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Published in January 2011, the International Core Curriculum for Refractive Error focuses on providing training materials for eye care professionals, with the ultimate goal of eliminating or reducing uncorrected refractive error. This resource is available in English and French.

The curriculum is designed to provide learners with content domains or categories and the appropriate performance objectives to perform their eye care job tasks.

The knowledge, skills, and interpersonal behaviors required are focused on the following three core competencies:

  • Patient care
  • Community and health services
  • Medical and refractive knowledge

These competencies are organized into the following five sections with corresponding performance objectives:

  • Optics
  • Vision Assessment
  • Refraction and Instrumentation
  • Optical Dispensing and Contact Lenses
  • Patient Education

The curriculum was developed by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), written by Dr. Mohammed Babar Qureshi, Chair of the Uncorrected Refractive Error Task Force; Dr. Mark O.M. Tso, ICO Director for Education; Dr. William F. Astle, Chair of the ICO Task Force on Para-Ophthalmic Vision Specialist Education (now Allied Health Education); Dr. Lynn Anderson, Executive Director of JCAHPO; Dr. William H. Ehlers; and Dr. Peter C. Donshik.

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