The Commission on Paraoptometric Certification, the paraoptometric certifying body of the American Optometric Association, has announced that The Certified Paraoptometric Technician Clinical Examination is now available in a convenient computer-based format.

Designed to be widely accessible to paraoptometrics throughout the year, this exam provides professionals even more opportunities to advance their career in the field of optometry.

The CPOT Clinical exam is offered at more than 200 locations across the United States and Canada four times per year during two-week testing periods held in February, May, August and November.

The new examination incorporates photos and videos into the 100 multiple-choice questions. Award of the CPOT designation is dependent on candidates successfully completing the CPOT written exam and the CPOT Clinical exam.

Under the supervision of an optometrist, a CPOT may perform technical duties that include taking detailed patient histories, measuring visual acuity, and measuring the curvature of the cornea (Keratometry).

In addition, he or she may order prescription eyewear, explain contact lens care regimens, supervise staff, and other duties that the optometrist may delegate.

As paraoptometrics expand their skills and knowledge, they have the opportunity to extend the productivity and profitability of the practice by assuming routine and technical responsibilities, and playing a vital role in the office-patient relationship.

In addition, as paraoptometrics assume more responsibilities in the practice, doctors will have more time available to see additional patients.

To find exam dates and registration deadlines for the CPOT examination, click here.

For more information about all levels of certification for paraoptometrics, visit, or contact the CPC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call toll-free, (800) 365-2219, ext. 4210.


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