What is it?
COMTs are expected to perform at a higher level of expertise than ophthalmic technicians as well as provide instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel.
The Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist® (COMT®) certification is JCAHPO’s highest core level of certification. COMTs are among the top trained and educated personnel in the allied health profession.
What does it mean for me?
COMT certification from JCAHPO means several things. JCAHPO certification, at any level, is recognized and respected internationally by physicians, employers, administrators, and other ophthalmic and medical personnel.
COMT certificants are highly skilled and trained eye care professionals. Through intense study, work experience, and training, they have demonstrated a commitment to this profession by actively pursuing JCAHPO’s top tier certification level.
Examples of tasks that the certificant would handle
COMTs work under the supervision and direction of an ophthalmologist to perform ophthalmic clinical duties. They are trained to take medical histories, administer eye medications, instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses, perform all the ophthalmologic tests necessary for preliminary and highly specific eye exams, assist in ophthalmic surgery, and maintain ophthalmic and surgical instruments, as well as office equipment.
What makes it different than the COA/COT?
The main differences are education and experience. COMTS are required to invest years of education, training, and work experience before becoming eligible for
certification. COMTs are trained for the all the general responsibilities of COAs and COTs, and trained for additional duties such as taking
ophthalmic photographs, using ultrasound, as well as providing instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel. COMTs are expected to
perform at a higher level of expertise than ophthalmic technicians and to exercise considerable clinical technical judgment.
How do I become a COMT?
An individual can become a COMT via the following pathways:
- Graduate from an accredited Formal Training program AND two or more years of college education
- Graduate from an accredited Formal Training program with less than two years of college education and work experience
- Currently certified as a COT and work experience
- Currently certified as an orthoptist and work experience.
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