Training for Eye Care Professionals

 Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy is a CD-ROM training program that provides interactive instruction on the basic techniques for successful examination of the retina using BIO. This courseware provides a quality resource to illustrate the technical aspects of using the instrument. View selected images from the courseware.

Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy is available from the Center for Certification, Training & Testing.

Order online or call toll-free 866-880-7674 and ask for Michigan College of Optometry's BIO CD-ROM.

An Interactive Learning Tool

The BIO CD-ROM courseware is a "must have" item for any student or professional who is learning to use a binocular indirect ophthalmoscope. Ferris State University's Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope CD-ROM courseware is a excellent educational resource for optometry students and professionals

Training for Students and Professionals

Professionals learning to use BIO for the first time or those that want to hone their techniques will benefit from the self-paced instruction. Unlike in a seminar, the courseware content can be reviewed as often as you like. Since typical lab schedules provide only minimal supervised time for instruction, students can make more progress by refreshing their skills on their own time.

Courseware Features

The courseware covers examination procedures and methods in the areas of pupillary dilation, instrument adjustment, condensing lens selection and placement, patient positioning, systematic coverage of the fundus grounds, and normal anatomy.

Program content includes:
  • brief review of the history of ophthalmoscopy
  • Instrument designs
  • Optical principles of indirect ophthalmoscopy and comparison to direct ophthalmoscopy
  • Condensing lens selection
  • Patient-doctor positioning for achieving a complete examination of the retina
  • Lens positioning and lid control
  • Scleral indentation technique and indications for use

Supplement to Classroom Instruction

If you teach Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy, we encourage you to see how the courseware can be integrated into your instruction. Textbooks that cover BIO instruments and techniques primarily use text descriptions and only a few photos. They do not offer the benefits of full-color photos, video, and learning interactions that can be found in the BIO courseware. The courseware can be a valuable tool to supplement classroom and laboratory instruction.

System Requirements

The BIO courseware is designed to run directly from the CD-ROM, and requires no installation. A computer running Microsoft Windows© 95/NT or greater with a mouse, sound card, speakers and at least an 8X CD-ROM drive is required.

About the Author

Dr. J. Randall Vance, OD, MS, FAAO teaches in the areas of ocular health assessment, visual fields, and clinical optometric procedures. He has been on the faculty of the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University since 1979 and served as its Director of Clinics from 1984-1990. He has conducted numerous workshops on binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy at the college, and has been a leader in the use of technology to enhance optometric instruction. He received the Michigan Optometric Association Educator of the Year Award in 1996, and the Ferris State University Distinguished Teacher Award in 1997. He received the Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science degrees from The Ohio State University in 1977 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Purchase the BIO Courseware Today

The BIO courseware is available for USD $69.95. Students currently enrolled in a college of optometry are eligible to purchase the courseware for $49.95.

Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy
is available from the Center for Certification, Training & Testing. Order online or call toll-free 866-880-7674 and ask for Michigan College of Optometry's BIO CD-ROM.

Technical Support
A list of Frequently Asked Questions is posted with answers to commonly asked questions. You can also read additional questions that have been submitted to us.