Past Courses

The Tiger Institute is a leader in providing education to physicians and their staff on a variety of topics.  Our intimate, interactive training courses and workshops offer a personalized training approach to help improve your office's performance.

Goldmann Tonometry

Instructor: Cristen Clark

Learn about the eye test that can detect changes in eye pressure long before a patient is aware of it. Goldmann applanation tonometry is the gold standard for measuring intraocular pressure. Including an overview of glaucoma, this is a hands-on teaching class. Clark, an ophthalmic educator since 2007, has over 10 years of clinical eye care experience.  
                    Light snacks will be served.

When: Wednesday February 3, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM CST

Where: Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
             3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
             Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

After completing this course, the student will:

  • Understand intraocular pressure and how it affects the eye
  • Know the anatomy involved in intraocular pressure
  • Identify the different methods of checking intraocular pressure
  • Understand Goldmann Tonometry in detail
  • Be able to perform Goldmann Tonometry on a patient

This workshop includes hands-on training of applanation tonometry.  Every participant will have the chance to check pressures on a live patient!

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $100


Refractometry - Sessions 1 & 2

Instructor: Dr. Michael Bingham

This course has been approved by the AOA Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) for three hours of continuing education credit.  Students must attend both sessions to be eligible for credit.

When: Wednesday February 17, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM CST

Where: Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
             3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
             Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

Objective:

  • Principles of optics review
  • Anatomy of the phoropter
  • Subjective refraction procedure overview
  • Finding the best sphere
  • Testing for astigmatism
  • Determining the axis
  • Determining astigmatism power
  • Binocular balancing
  • Practice in exam room with equipment

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $100 (includes both sessions)


CPR & AED Training

Instructor: Pete Love - EMT/Paramedic, BLS, ACLS, and PALS

At the end of this course, you will be certified or re-certified in CPR and AED operation. Instructional materials are provided, and a 15-minute test closes the session. 

Certification is valid fo 2 years.

When: Wednesday March 2, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM CST

Where: Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
             3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
             Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

Objective:

  • Increased confidence in your life saving skills
  • Rescue breathing and choking for adults
  • Rescue breathing and choking for child/infants

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $75


Chronic Eye Disease

Instructor: Cristen Clark

March 16, 2016
11:30 - 1:00 PM

Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

Objectives:

  • Understanding of chronic disease
  • Anterior segment chronic diseases
  • Retina chronic diseases
  • Macula chronic diseases
  • Optic nerve chronic diseases

This class will introduce students to 13 of the most common chronic eye diseases.  Students will learn about the clinical presentations, associated systemic conditions, usual courses of treatment and prognosis of each disease.  This class is ideal for paraoptometric staff, newly hired or aspiring ophthalmic technicians, and healthcare workers wishing to learn more about chronic eye diseases.

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $50

Contact Lens Basics - Soft Sphericals

This course has been approved by the AOA Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) for 1 hour of continuing education credit.

May 11, 2015
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

Objectives:

  • Understand parameters of soft spherical contact lenses
  • Wear times
  • Replacement schedules
  • Fit assessment
  • Insertion and removal training

This is the first of our six-part Contact Lens Basics track.  In this session we will discuss parameters of soft contact lenses including base curve, diameter, Dk/t and powers.  Insertion and removal training techniques will be discussed to help new contact lens wearers learn how to wear and care for their contact lenses.  Students will learn how to assess the fit of a soft spherical lens at the slit lamp looking for centration, edge alignment, post-blink movement and push-up test.  All attendees will have the opportunity to look at soft spherical contact lenses on a patient in the exam room at the slit lamp.

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $50

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Excel Basics

May 18, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

Come and learn how to better utilize and navigate Microsoft Excel in our two-hour workshop taught by Wendy Beam, MEd/HRD and Keisha Gilmore, MACC.  Students are encouraged to bring a laptop with Excel installed.  There will be equipment available at the facility to borrow if needed.

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $50 (includes laptop rental), $5 discount if student provides their own laptop for the class.

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Past Courses

CPO Prep Course

April 27 and May 4, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

After completing this course, the student will be:

  • Able to identify and discuss common ophthalmic testing, exams and special procedures
  • Familiar with spectacle parts, ophthalmic lenses and ophthalmic dispensing
  • Able to explain the principles of ophthalmic optics
  • Comfortable with the different refractive errors and eye movements
  • Versed in basic ocular anatomy, physiology, disorders and pharmacology

This two-part course is designed to aid paraoptometric staff members in studying for the Certified Paraoptometric exam through the AOA/CPC.  The CPO exam establishes a baseline level of knowledge and understanding for staff members working in an optometric practice.  Ideal for those signed up to take the CPO Exam, this class is also a great introductory course for new members of the optometric practice team and an excellent review course for more seasoned members.

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $100
Includes: Both nights of instruction, refreshments, all handouts and materials from the class.

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Introduction to Refractometry

This course has been approved by the AOA Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) for three hours of continuing education credit.  Students must attend both sessions to be eligible for credit.

Session 2
April 6, 2015, 2015
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

Session Objectives:

  • Review of Session 1
  • Testing for astigmatism
  • Determining the axis
  • Determining astigmatism power
  • Binocular balancing
  • Practice in exam room with equipment

This is the second of a two-part series covering the basics of refractometry for beginners.  This session will include a 45 minute lecture expanding on more advanced topics, with a short break followed by hands-on practice to demonstrate skills learned in the lecture.

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $75 (or both nights for 125)

Includes: Lecture, learning materials, hands-on training.


Overview of Chronic Eye Disease

March 25, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

Objectives:

  • Understanding of chronic disease
  • Anterior segment chronic diseases
  • Retina chronic diseases
  • Macula chronic diseases
  • Optic nerve chronic diseases

This class will introduce students to 13 of the most common chronic eye diseases.  Students will learn about the clinical presentations, associated systemic conditions, usual courses of treatment and prognosis of each disease.  This class is ideal for paraoptometric staff, newly hired or aspiring ophthalmic technicians, and healthcare workers wishing to learn more about chronic eye diseases.

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $50

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Introduction to Refractometry

This course has been approved by the AOA Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) for three hours of continuing education credit.  Students must attend both sessions to be eligible for credit.

Session 1
March 9, 2015
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

Session Objectives:

  • Principles of optics review
  • Anatomy of the phoropter
  • Subjective refraction procedure overview
  • Finding the best sphere
  • Practice in exam room with equipment

This is the first of a two-part series covering the basics of refractometry for beginners.  The first session will be composed of a 45-minute lecture, with a short break followed by a hands-on practice session where all attendees will be able to demonstrate the skills covered in the lecture.

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $75 (or both nights for $125)
Includes: Lecture, learning materials, hands-on training.

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Goldmann Tonometry Workshop

January 28, 2015
5:30 - 7:00 PM

Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

After completing this course, the student will:

  • Understand intraocular pressure and how it affects the eye
  • Know the anatomy involved in intraocular pressure
  • Identify the different methods of checking intraocular pressure
  • Understand Goldmann tonometry in detail
  • Be able to perform Goldmann tonometry on a patient

This workshop includes hands-on training of applanation tonometry.  Every participant will have the chance to check pressures on a live patient!

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $25
Includes: Lecture, learning materials, hands-on training.

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CPR Certification Course

February 9, 2015
6:00 - 8:30 PM

Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

After completing this course, the student will be:

  • Certified by the American Heart Association in CPR
  • Familiar with the location and operation of the office's AED

All attendees will be given a written test at the end of the course which takes no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $50
Includes: Training materials, mannequin use, written test, and certification card.

 


 

CPOA Prep Course

October 13 and October 20, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

After completing this course, the student will be:

  • Able to identify and discuss common ophthalmic testing, exams and special procedures
  • Familiar with spectacle parts, ophthalmic lenses and ophthalmic dispensing
  • Able to explain the principles of ophthalmic optics
  • Comfortable with the different refractive errors and eye movements
  • Versed in basic ocular anatomy, physiology, disorders and pharmacology

All attendees will be given a link to an online assessment at the end of the course.   Students that submit a passing assessment within two weeks of course completion will receive their Contact Lens Certification from the Tiger Institute for Cooperative Learning.

Pricing

Cost per attendee: $50
Includes: Both nights of instruction, refreshments, all handouts and materials from the class.

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Contact Lens Certification Course

October through December, 2014

Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

After completing this course, the student will be:

  • Educated in the paramters, materials, wear schedules, and popular brands of soft contact lenses, RGP's and hybrid lenses
  • Able to properly assess fitting of soft and toric contacts, spherical and bitoric RGP's, and hybrid lenses
  • Competent in insertion and removal training and patient education for soft contact lenses, RGP's and hybrid lenses.

All attendees will be given a link to an online assessment at the end of the course.   Students that submit a passing assessment within two weeks of course completion will receive their Contact Lens Certification from the Tiger Institute for Cooperative Learning.

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Optometry Students Workshop

July 22, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Hosted at Cool Springs EyeCare
3252 Aspen Grove Dr. Ste. 1
Franklin, TN 37067 Map It

This workshop combined hands-on optometric training with individual attention and instruction by Dr. Jeffrey Kegarise.  Intended for future optometry students, this class was also be ideal for anyone considering a career in eye care.  Students were introduced to many of the diagnostic tests used by optometrists, learned about many of the day-to-day decisions and struggles that face optometrists, and had the opportunity to ask questions that they may have about their future careers.

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