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Links for the MOS 68Y Eye Specialist and MOS 68H Optical Laboratory Specialist

68Y - Eye Specialist




L-27. Optometry Officer (67F00 MS)

The optometry officers (67F MS) in the optometry section of the DSMC, MSMC and the medical company of the HSB are a primary health care provider in Echelons II and above MTFs. These certified practicing optometrists, independently conduct examination to detect, prevent, diagnose, and manage ocular related disorders; that is, injuries, diseases, and visual dysfunctions. Uses diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents (TPA) medical/surgical instruments. Prescribes spectacle and medical related contact senses, TPA and other therapy. Their duties include consultation in such areas as occupational vision and the diagnosis and treatment of battlefield laser-induced injuries. The senior optometry officer/chief of section provides technical supervision of assigned clinical personnel and insures the efficacy of their technical capability.

L-28. Eye Specialist (68Y)

The eye specialist (68Y) and the eye sergeant (68Y20) perform routine diagnostic tests and assist in the care of ophthalmology or optometry patients. As optometry specialist these duties are conducted under the auspices of an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

L-29. Core Competencies of the 68Y

The eye specialist (68Y) of medical companies must be trained in several areas of core competencies.

These core competencies are examples of specific skills that establishes the scope and depth of tactics, techniques, and procedures that are outlined in Tables L-14 below.

Table L-14. Core Competency for Eye Specialists

Core competency in eye specialty techniques and procedures for the 68Y is inclusive of the following:

• Patient Screening• History Taking




L-30. Training for the 68Y

Table L-15 below contains the critical tasks to be used by the optometry chief of section in the development of training program for assigned 68Y personnel.

Table L-15. 68Y10/20 Critical Task List

Field-Specific Tasks

• Assemble a field combat optometry set

• Disassemble a field optometry set

Administrative Tasks

• Maintain an eye clinic hand receipt account

• Maintain the eye clinic forms supply

• Maintain the eye clinic publications library

• Order eye clinic equipment

• Order eye clinic supplies

• Schedule eye clinic appointments

• Monitor eye clinic schedules

• Prepare eye clinic composite health care system reports

• Prepare eye clinic spectacle request transmission system reports

Prescription Eyewear Tasks

• Order prescription eyewear

• Maintain prescription eyewear order files

• Dispense prescription eyewear

• Receive prescription eyewear

• Inspect completed prescription eyewear

• Perform repairs and adjustments on prescription eyewear

Clinical Tasks

• Conduct an eye clinic pre-examination patient screening

• Conduct an optometric physical screening

• Conduct an optometric screening for a DOD medical evaluation review board candidate

• Conduct an optometric physical screening for aviation candidate

• Administer doctor-ordered treatment for ocular injuries

• Administer doctor-ordered treatment for ocular burns

• Administer doctor-ordered treatment for ocular diseases

• Initiate emergency treatment for a chemical burn of the eye

• Remove non-embedded foreign bodies from the conjunctiva or cornea

• Conduct visual field test

• Perform ocular A/B scan

• Perform ocular photography

• Conduct a fluorescein angiography

• Administer a tear flow test

• Triage eye emergencies

• Perform operator maintenance on ophthalmic equipment

• Calibrate the eye chart

• Dispense contact lens

Surgical Tasks

• Conduct an ocular surgery preoperative screening

• Prepare for a major ocular surgical procedure

• Prepare for a minor ophthalmic surgical procedure

• Prepare for ocular laser treatment

• Assist the doctor during ocular surgery

• Conduct an ocular surgery postoperative cleanup

• Conduct an ocular surgery postoperative screening

• Receive ophthalmic surgical sets from central material service

L-31. Optical Laboratory Specialist (68H10)

The optical laboratory specialist assembles spectacles utilizing pre-surfaced single-vision lens; surfaces multi-vision lens and assembles multi-vision spectacles; repairs and fabricates spectacles; and maintains tools and equipment.

Soldier's Manual, Skill Levels 1/2/3/4 and Trainer's Guide, MOS 68H, Optical Laboratory Specialist

311- 68H10 Optical Laboratory Specialist

68Y Training Resources

Understanding Visual Field Testing

Visual Field Test

Visual Field - Medical Encyclopedia

Visual Field Test Main Index

Ophthalmology Web Links

Handbook of Ocular Disease Management

Animated clip arts for Clinical Ophthalmology


Dry Eye Syndrome Quiz

Glaucoma Quiz

Macular Degeneration Quiz

Eye Puzzles

Diabetic Eye


Low Vision Quiz

Diabetes Vision and Diabetes Quiz

Workplace Eye Safety

Take the Glucoma Quiz

Optic and Refraction Multiple Choice Questions

Clinical Optics Multiple Choice Questions

Objectively Structured Examination (OSE)

Useful optical  formulae for OSE


Mock examination 1    (16/06/1999) 

Mock examination 2    (19/06/1999)

Mock examination 3    (28/06/1999)

Mock examination 4    (08/07/1999) 

Mock examination 5    (18/07/1999) 

Mock examination 6    (20/10/2001)

Mock examination 7   (22/10/2001)

Mock examination 8    (25/10/2001)

Mock examination 9    (28/04/2002)

Mock examination 10  (05/05/2002)

Mock examination 11  (19/08/2002)

Mock examination 12  (27/08/2002)

Mock examination 13  (28/09/2002)

Mock examination 14 (15/10/2002)

Mock examination 15 (20/10/2002)

Mock examination 16 (24/10/2002)

Mock examination 17 (17/11/2002)

Mock examination 18 (09/05/2003)

Mock examination 19 (19/10/2003)

Test Yourself on Refraction

Links of Interest

Eye Anatomy - A guide to the many parts of the human eye and how they function. 22 April 2004

The Human Eye and Its Parts 22 April 2004

Gross Anatomy of the Eye 22 April 2004

The Eye Information About Vision Loss and Blindness 22 April 2004

Eye Care - The Anatomy of the Eye 22 April 2004

The Physics of the Human Eye 22 April 2004

The Human Ear and Eye 22 April 2004

Ocular Injuries

Prevention and Treatment of Common Eye Injuries in Sports

Ocular Injuries and Patching

Textbooks of Military Medicine - Ophthalmic Care of the Combat Casualty (2003)

Play Sports Safely Use Eye Protection

What You Need To Know About Eye Injury Prevention

Eye Injuries - Guide to Symptoms, Solutions, and Self-Care

Eye Injuries - Medical Textbooks for Health Professionals and Consumers

Serious Eye Injuries

Eyelid and Orbital Trauma / Orbital Fractures

Eye Injury MDs - Home Page

Eye Injury - By EYEGK

Trauma - EyePlastics

Ophthalmology Notebook

Information on Retinal and Vitreous Problems - Trauma and Intraocular Foreign Body

Eye Injuries - KidsHealth

First Aid for Traumatic Eye Injuries

Eye Sports Injury

Managing Eye Disease in Primary Care - Ocular Injuries

Eye Injury - Medical College of Wisconsin

Eye Injuries: A Blow to the Eye

Eye Injuries: Welder's Flash

Eye Injuries - The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

Eye Injuries - The Merck Manual - Second Home Edition

Eye Safety for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery

Eye Injuries - WebMD

Eye and Face Protection Frequently Asked Questions

Eye Injuries in Children

10 Ways to Prevent Eye Injuries at Work

Home Eye Safety Checklist

Sports Eye Injuries

Sports Injuries

Eye Injury - Surfable Books Project

Post Trauma Vision Syndrome


Eye Trauma

Sports Eye Injuries

Eye Injuries - Health Topics A to Z

Eyes and Face Protection eTools - M Eye Conditions

Eye Injury

Eye Emergencies

Burns, Ocular

Eye Exam History

Chemical Burns, Ocular

Burns, Ocular

Burns, Chemical

Burns, Ocular - Medical Textbooks for Health Professionals and Consumers

Chemical Burn

Chemical Eye Injury

Eye Burns

Chemical Eye Burns

First Aid for Traumatic Eye Injuries

Eye Injuries: Chemical

Burns - The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

Burns - The Merck Manual - Second Home Edition

Chemical Burns - Handbook of Ocular Disease Management

Do You Know How to Treat a Chemical Burn?

Burns to the Eye

Eye Emergencies 

Photos, Images, and Videos

Image Library - Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye

Image Library - Glaucoma

Image Library - Pathology


Vision Disorders & Blindness

Retinal Disorders

Eye Disorders Web Site Links

Conditions and Diseases: Eye Disorders (389 links)

Eye Diseases and Disorders

Eyelid disorders

Myopia Manual edition February 2004

Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

Color Blindness


Retina Information Source

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology of the Human Eye

Organization Links

CIBA Vision & Novartis Ophthalmics

Vistakon, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.

Advanced Medical Optics (AMO)



Bausch & Lomb

Boucher Communications


Cooper Vision



Gulden Ophthalmics

Heidelberg Engineering

Merck & Co., Inc.

Ocular Sciences, Inc.

Optos North America

Santen, Inc.

Stereo Optical

Vision Advantage, Inc.

Vision Service Plan

American Academy of Ophthalmology - Eyenet

American Academy of Optometry - British chapter

American Council of the Blind

American Foundation for the Blind

American Optometric Association

American Optometric Student Association

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO)

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Beta Sigma Kappa - International Optometric Honor Society

Canadian Association of Optometrists

College of Optometrists in Vision Development

Council on Optometric Practitioner Education

European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Foundation Fighting Blindness

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Indian Health Service Optometry Program

Indiana Optometric Association

Lighthouse Guild

Macular Degeneration Network

Macular Degeneration Partnership


MedWeb @ Emory University

MedWeb Plus

NASA Vision Science

National Association for Visually Handicapped

National Association of Veterans Affairs Optometrists

National Board of Examiners in Optometry

National Eye Institute

National Federation of the Blind

National Organization for Albinism


Optometric Extension Program Foundation

Oregon Optometric Physicians Association

OSA OpticsNet

Partnership in Vision

Prevent Blindness America

Royal National Institute for the Blind

The Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research

The Boston Foundation for Sight

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind

The Flying Doctors

The Glaucoma Foundation

The International Society for Eye Research

The Jules Stein Eye Institute

The Low Vision Gateway

The Low-Vision Research Group Network

The National Academy of Opticianry

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

Vision Aid Overseas

Vision World Wide

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity

Contact Lenses Today

Optometry and Vision Science

Primary Care Optometry News

Review of Optometry Online

Sound of Knowledge

Eye Resources on the Internet

Optometry Schools on the Internet

SLACK Ocular Internet Directory

All About Vision


Eye Simulation Application

Eye Diseases and Conditions Simulator

Eye Simulations, Eye Disease, Eye Conditions, Eye Problems, Eye Questions?

Simulate Starburst (night vision)

Simulate Blurry Vision

Simulate Ghosting

Simulate Glare

Simulate Floaters

Simulate Color Blind Vision

Other Resources

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eye care associates

eyelid surgery

68H10 Optical Laboratory Specialist Resources

311- 68H10 Optical Laboratory Specialist

Soldier's Manual and Trainer's Guide 68H Optical Laboratory Specialist