Vision Conservation and Readiness
Training 

Our most comprehensive training program is the Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Course (TSVCRC).  Staff members provide numerous lectures on a variety of vision conservation and readiness topics.  If you have any questions after reading about the course below, please contact us at usarmy.apg.medcom-phc.mbx.dcpm-tri-service-optometry@mail.mil

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TRI-SERVICE VISION CONSERVATION AND READINESS COURSE - TSVCRC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course covers all elements of a Vision Conservation and Readiness Program (VCRP). Instruction concentrates on regulatory requirements and recommended practices to establish or enhance an installation vision conservation and readiness program. The “team” aspect of coordinating safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, and optometry personnel is emphasized.

PART ONE: Is the online portion of the course and is mandatory for all non-ophthalmic personnel prior to taking the live portion of the course. This online course provides non-ophthalmic personnel with essential terminology and background information on the eye and visual system. Topics covered include: Basic Optics, Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye, Occupational Vision, Vision Screening Devices, Ocular Emergencies & Urgencies, Radiant Energy & Lasers, and Illumination. All online modules and the live course must be completed to receive continuing education credit.* This will allow the student to benefit fully from the lectures and discussions in the live course. Registrants will be provided a link to the course website after their registration is approved. Ophthalmic personnel are welcome to take the online course however, no continuing education hours will be awarded.

PART TWO: Is the live portion of the course. The live course is scheduled for 2.5 days and instruction concentrates on regulatory requirements and recommended practices to establish or enhance an installation vision conservation and readiness program. Topics covered include Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness (TSVCR) Program overview, tri-service vision conservation regulations and publications, vision screening and surveillance, military vision readiness, incidence of eye injuries, mechanical, biological, chemical and radiant energy eye hazards, computer vision syndrome, military combat eye protection, laser eye protection, occupational vision topics, ocular hazard analysis workshop, a site visit or virtual tour (when a site visit is not available), a hands-on workshop, establishing and enhancing a vision conservation program and a vision conservation team panel discussion.

*CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT:

  • The online course for non-ophthalmic personnel awards the following: CNE - 8 CNE hours. ABIH - Has previously awarded CM credit for this event.
  • The live course awards the following: ACCME - 20 CME hours. CNE - 21 CNE hours. ABIH - Has previously awarded CM credit for this event.  COPE - 19 COPE hours. 
  • The number of CE hours issued depends on pending accreditation approvals which are subject to change.  If the type of continuing education credits that you need is not listed contact us for additional information <usarmy.apg.medcom-phc.mbx.dcpm-tri-service-optometry@mail.mil>.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: The following personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force or other DoD organizations:
Occupational health nurses and physicians; Industrial hygienists; Bioenvironmental engineers; Preventive medicine nurses and physicians; Physician assistants; Safety personnel; Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and Eye technicians and anyone else with an interest in vision conservation, vision surveillance and/or vision readiness.

 FY 2015 Course Offerings

  • We plan to offer at least eight courses in FY 2015:  two in Maryland and six elsewhere. 
  • Tentative dates and locations for all courses are in the October TSVCR Quarterly Newsletter which can be found at: http://www.dodvision.com/ on the right side of the page.  Note that access to past issues requires AKO access but the latest newsletters do not.
  • Currently, we have funding for three courses and registration is now open.  They are at:

 Fort Jackson, South Carolina - 2-4 December;

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland - 9-11 December; and

Fort Riley, Kansas - 20-22 January

  • To register for one of these courses, use the TSVCRC Link below. 

PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU CHECK THE BOX NEXT TO WHICH SESSION YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR.  THANK YOU

Fort Knox. KY - 10-12 February

San Diego, CA - 21-23 April

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 19-21 May 

                    (Note: If interested in attending a course in Maryland it is strongly recommended that you register for the course 9-11 December that is already funded.)

Pensacola, FL - 1-3 September

Also, we are considering having two courses in Europe at locations TBD 14-25 September

  • If you wish to be notified when one of these courses are funded or whenever new courses are made available, it is recommended that you place your name on the Waiting List for future classes, please use the waiting list (TSVCRC-WL) link below under "Courses."

We also offer a Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Site or Occupation Specific Course (TSVCRSOSC) which is for sites that do not necessarily require the comprehensive course but still would like some assistance from our staff.  For more information please use the TSVCRSOSC link below. 

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Courses

Title
Description
Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Course (TSVCRC)(Sponsor: USAPHC) This course is designed to train personnel on the Vision Conservation and Readiness Program in a multi-disciplinary setting. The course is executed in two parts: an 8-hour on-line part to be completed at a work station within duty hours, followed by a 2.5-day resident class. If no course is scheduled, please use the TSVCRC Waiting List below to be notified of the next course or if spaces become available through cancellations.
Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Course Waiting List (TSVCRC-WL)When the Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Course is full or unavailable for sign-up, you may register to be put on the Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Course Waiting List. This list will alert us to your training requirements.
Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Site or Occupation Specific (TSVCR-SOS)(Sponsor: USAPHC) A two-part course that includes a site visit to evaluate specific vision conservation requirements and a 4-hour course specifically tailored to meet the requesting organization’s requirements. The specific course topics can include fundamentals of vision, lighting and lighting requirements, color vision and occupational issues, vision screening and testing methods, and vision conservation program management. Additional topics can be included based on specific training requirements or needs. This course is done at the requesting unit’s duty station. It is scheduled to be accomplished within a single duty day. The course may be requested throughout the year. Please contact the program office at USAPHC-DCPM-Tri-Service@amedd.army.mil for additional details.

External Resource Documents

Title
Series
Format
Vision Readiness: Enhancing Computer Workstation ComfortExternal LinkPHC Health Information ProductPDF-Portable Document Format
Vision Readiness: G-Eyes Optical Prescription Replacement System CardExternal LinkPHC Health Information ProductPDF-Portable Document Format
Vision Readiness: G-Eyes Optical Prescription Replacement System PosterExternal LinkPHC Health Information ProductPDF-Portable Document Format
Vision Readiness: How to Protect Against UVExternal LinkPHC Health Information ProductPDF-Portable Document Format
Vision Readiness: Military Combat Eye Protection PostcardsExternal LinkPHC Health Information ProductPDF-Portable Document Format
Vision Readiness: Military Combat Eye Protection Trading CardsExternal LinkPHC Health Information ProductPDF-Portable Document Format
Vision Readiness: Prevent Chemical Eye InjuryExternal LinkPHC Health Information ProductPDF-Portable Document Format
Vision Readiness: Ten Rules of Eye SafetyExternal LinkPHC Health Information ProductPDF-Portable Document Format
Vision Readiness: Vision Deployment PackExternal LinkPHC Health Information ProductPDF-Portable Document Format
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