Southern California Eye Institute

According to the most recent research, Southern California has a high incidence of eye disease which is underdiagnosed and undertreated. The number of individuals with visual impairment (VI) and blindness is increasing in California and the United States as a result of shifting demographics, aging populations, and high incidence of diabetes.

By 2050, the highest prevalence of VI among minorities will shift from African American individuals (15.2% in 2015 to 16.3% in 2050) to Hispanic individuals (9.9% in 2015 to 20.3% in 2050). Multiracial Americans and Hispanic whites in California will remain the largest demographic group with visual impairment between the years 2015-2060.


By: Southern California Eye Institute

The specialized OTEP program will address the acute shortage of skilled ophthalmic technicians needed to care for these individuals and prepare skilled allied healthcare professionals to serve the vision needs of all age groups in Southern California

CTE Ophthalmic Assisting

By: Southern California Eye Institute

The Southern California Eye Institute has created a non-clinical ophthalmic assisting course that has been certified by LAUSD Secondary Counseling. This course will launch in partnership with Linked Learning schools in Los Angeles.