Focus on Vision

Good vision plays a major role in our ability to care for ourselves and carry out all the activities we enjoy in our everyday lives. The eye is an important sensory organ that makes vision possible. Our eyes usually work so well that we are unaware of how much we rely upon them each day. People often take good vision for granted until it is hurt or made worse in some way.

Poor vision and certainly blindness have a large impact on nearly every aspect of a person's life. Close your eyes for a minute. Then think about how difficult it would be if you could never open them again. Doing simple tasks like getting a drink of water, climbing in or out of a car, or bathing would no longer be simple activities. Completing our daily routines is something we take for granted when our vision is good. But with sudden or even gradual loss of vision, the importance of good eyesight becomes apparent.

This course is designed to introduce the paraprofessional to how the eye functions. The course will also address the eye changes that occur due to aging, disease and injury. Participants will also learn about care issues for the visually impaired.

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Identify the aide's role when caring for a person with a visual impairment.
  • Name the basic structures of the eye.
  • Compare and contrast myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
  • State at least 3 different general care considerations for a patient with visual impairment.
  • Recognize changes that occur in the eye with aging.
  • Identify common vision problems/conditions related to aging.
  • Outline the treatment and care issues for at least three of the following age-related conditions:
    • Dry eyes
    • Presbyopia
    • Glare and Night Vision
    • Cataracts
    • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Identify common eye conditions related to disease and injury.
  • Outline the treatment and care issues for at least two of the following eye conditions:
    • Conjunctivitis
    • Glaucoma
    • Visual Field Loss
    • Diabetic Retinopathy
Contact Time

0.8 Contact Hour: based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 0.8 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of healthcare paraprofessionals, such as homehealth aide, nurses aide and personal care attendants.

Washington State DSHS CE Approval Code: - CO1731713
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services approved this course for CONTINUING EDUCATION PURPOSES for long term care workers. 
Disclosure Statements:
Author Originating

Patricia Jump - RN PHN MA

Technical Nurse Consultant, President Acorn's End Training and Consulting. Patricia Jump received her Bachelor's in Nursing Degree from Winona State University and her Masters of Arts Degree in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary's University. She has over 25 years experience in the health care field and almost two decades of public speaking experience. As a professional trainer and consultant, Patricia conducts seminars across the country for all levels of employees in business, professional associations, educational organizations, churches, and government agencies. Additionally, she serves as personal coach, consultant, and retreat facilitator for home care leaders and organizations throughout the nation.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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Paraprofessional Health