Specialty Contact Lens and Low Vision Rehabilitation Course

Dr. Sherry Day places a contact lens in a patients eyeKellogg Eye Center Faculty  

Target Audience

Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Ophthalmic Technicians


Participants should be familiar with the basic principles and practice of soft and RGP contact lens fitting.


The contact lens portion of this course is designed to teach the practitioner to choose and fit the proper specialty lens which will provide the best quality of vision and comfort for the patient who has a corneal disease or has had a surgical procedure on the cornea. 

The low vision portion of the course is to teach the practitioner to evaluate the status of the low vision patient, calculate magnification required to achieve the patient’s visual goals, and to provide visual rehabilitation to help the patient with activities of daily living.

Course Description

The Low Vision Course is conducted on a minimum of 6 clinic days.  The Specialty Contact Lens Fitting Course is conducted on a minimum of 10 clinic days. Trainees may register for either course or for both. Trainees will observe examinations and procedures performed by instructors on clinic patients. The courses will be customized to suit the learning objectives of ophthalmologists, optometrists, or technicians.

What is a typical course schedule?

Low vision patient examinations take place on Tuesday afternoons, all-day Thursdays, and Friday mornings.  With three half-day sessions each week, the Low Vision Course will extend for 4 weeks.

Contact lens examinations take place on all weekdays. The course will extend for at least 2 weeks.

Both courses can be taken simultaneously and can be completed in 4 weeks.
Courses consist mostly of clinic observation and discussion.  The Low Vision Course may also include attendance at the Low Vision Support Group and at patient home visits conducted by the occupational therapist.

Trainees are also encouraged to attend weekly Ophthalmology Grand Rounds and other educational opportunities offered at the Kellogg Eye Center.

Will I be exposed to various contact lenses and low vision devices?

Although exposure will depend on which patients are treated during the training period, expect to be exposed to the majority of contact lens modalities and low vision devices.

Will I be able to prescribe the appropriate contact lenses for distance and near vision and low vision devices upon completion of the course?

Trainees will gain a good foundation in selecting and evaluating treatment options for low vision patients and those needing specialty contact lenses. Competency will come with practice and experience.

What are the fees for the course?

The Contact Lens Fitting course fee is $1000.00.  The Low Vision course fee is $600.00.   Both courses may be extended at an extra $100.00 for each additional training day. Fees must be paid in U.S. dollars in advance of starting the course.

How do I register?

Submit a curriculum vitae, biographical statement, and statement of educational goals and objectives. For technicians, please include a letter of recommendation from an adviser.

Upon receipt of requested documents, we will contact you to schedule a phone/Skype interview.

Send documents by fax or scan and email to:
Donna Donato
Fax: 734-232-8181
Email: donnadon@med.umich.edu

Last Modified: Monday, 29-Feb-2016 16:25:55 EST