Exam "content areas" refers to the subject matter that is covered on the ophthalmic medical personnel certification exams. There are general content areas as listed on the table below, and there are "sub content areas" that list the details of each general content area.

This table is published by the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (800-284-3937), which administers the exams. The percentages refer to the number of questions that will appear on the exam from that content area. For example, the assistant level exam has 200 questions on it and the percentage is 8% for the content area "History Taking". This means that there will be 16 questions on the exam from this content area. This gives us an idea of the relative importance of each content area for each of the exams.

Unfortunately, we are not given percentages for the sub content areas. In fact, we are told that there will not be questions from every single sub area, but we will not know which ones. Therefore, you must be prepared for questions on all of the subject matter, but you will not be tested on all of the subject matter.

An example of the sub content areas is as follows for the content area of "ocular motility" on the technician level exam:

  • Version and Ductions (Functions and Anomalies)
  • Near point convergence
  • Near point accommodation
  • Fusional convergence amplitudes
  • Cover Tests
  • Strabismus with prisms
  • Worth 4-Dot test Maddox
  • Red Krimsky
  • Stereoacuity
  • Nystagmus
  • Amblyopia therapy
  • Convergence training

So you can see that the sub content areas are detailed and extensive. Here is a link to a PDF from the Joint Commission that lists all of the sub content areas. (new window)

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CONTENT AREA

Assist. %

Tech. %

 Technol. %

History Taking

8

6

3

Pupillary Assessment

3

5

4

Contact Lenses

2

3

0

Equipment Maintenance and Repair

4

4

3

Lensometry

3

5

6

Keratometry

3

5

3

Medical Ethics, Legal and Regulatory Issues

5

3

5

Microbiology

2

3

5

Pharmacology

8

5

8

Ocular Motility

3

5

11

Assisting in Surgical Procedures

7

6

3

Ophthalmic Patient Services and Education

16

7

10

Ophthalmic Imaging

3

7

6

Refractometry

6

7

6

Spectacle Skills

3

3

0

Supplemental Skills

8

9

10

Tonometry

4

5

5

Visual Assessment

8

6

6

Visual Fields

4

6

6