Role of ASCO


Role of ASCO for Practitioners

Conduct training courses for Opticians – 25,000 of them !
Conduct bridging courses for existing eye care practitioners – about 10,000 of them !
Conduct special courses for upgrading optometry faculty – educators and research in related subjects !

Ask everyone – Opticians, Optometrists and Ophthalmic Assistants, ophthalmic Technicians to register as on particular date – 31 Dec 2004.
Get all Institutes conducting Optometry and related courses under one group.
Once we know the exact numbers and the requirement of education for these groups – design modular courses.
National competency examinations at regular intervals – National Board Exams

Training courses for Opticians

If chemist shops have to be manned by Pharmacists, WHY NOT Optician shops ?
Existing Opticians to take short term continuing education programs.
A national body defines syllabus, Institutes conduct courses – short term, modular, skill oriented
Level 1 = Skills required for Dispensing Optician.
Level 2 = Skills to do Refraction, prescribe glasses.
Training courses for Opticians

Grand father clause – existing ECPs

National competency examinations
Level 3 = Eye examination, Binocular Vision, Contact Lenses.
Will help standardize optometry profession and optical trade in the country.
Public health matters will be solved, Vision 2020 aims and objectives will be satisfied.
Grand father clause - Opticians
ASCO defines syllabus, Institutes conduct courses – short term, modular, skill oriented
National competency examinations till 5 yrs
Level 1 & Level 2
Only those who pass would be licensed to do these restricted procedures
No new shops without qualifications after the registration date.

Grand father clause - Refractionists

ASCO defines syllabus, Institutes conduct courses – short term, modular, skill oriented
National competency examinations till 5 yrs
Level 3 = Eye examination, Binocular Vision, Contact Lenses.
Only those who pass would be licensed to do these restricted procedures
No new practices without 4 year degree level qualifications after the registration date.
Continuing education and Competency based programs
Provides assurance to public
Adequate number of course hours
Competencies must be clearly defined.
Must reflect advancements in the field without forgetting basics
Verified attendance & Post-course testing and quality check