Eye Care Technology

Program Information

If you’ve always been fascinated by the human eye and have the desire to develop the knowledge base to perform skills under the supervision of licensed eye care professionals, then the San Jacinto College eye care technology program is for you.

Through our nationally recognized program, students learn a variety of skills including:

  • Obtaining histories
  • Performing diagnostic tests
  • Understanding refractometry
  • Recording functional ocular measurements and tests
  • Administering topical ophthalmic and oral medications
  • Instructing patients
  • Maintaining equipment
  • Sterilizing surgical instruments
  • Assisting in ophthalmic surgery
  • Fitting of contact lenses
  • Practicing opticianry

The San Jacinto College eye care technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP). The program requires formal entry via an interview with the program director. Only those students who have been officially admitted to the College and have met the eye care technology admission criteria will be considered. The department offers three graduation options. It is designed to connect the classroom and laboratory training with external clinical instruction at leading ophthalmic centers and practices.

Additional Information

All health care students are subject to criminal background and drug screening checks prior to entry.

The program begins fall term only. Students who miss the fall entry may discuss entry options with the program director. The San Jacinto College eye care technology program offers both day and evening classes.

The University of Houston Downtown currently accepts Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees into their Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Applied Administration (BAA-AA); please contact Diane Vo, 713-221-8522. For the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Applied Statistics with a Biostatistics concentration, please contact Ms. Tones, 713-221-8905.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our eye care technology program have found employment in many areas of the eye care industry, including:

  • Clinical Research Technician
  • Contact Lens Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Technician
  • Optician
  • Optometric Assistant
  • Retinal Photographer

Earning Potential

Certified Ophthalmic Technicians average salary: $51,733 per year1

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant average salary: $42,500 per year1

For more information, please contact 281-478-3606.


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