Erica Magana Achieves Advanced COT Certification

Erica Magana, COT, OSA
Erica Magana, COT, OSA, displays newly earned credentials.

Florida Eye Institute is pleased to announce that Erica Magana has earned advanced designation as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) is a second core designation level that advances an individual from Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) after completing a requisite number of clock hours, passing a rigorous exam, and successfully demonstrating critical assessment skills.

The COT examination is given in two parts: a multiple-choice examination consisting of 190 scored questions which is three hours in length and a skill evaluation consisting of seven skills areas which is two hours in length.

Magana also holds certification as an Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant (OSA). Achievement of the OSA sub-specialty exemplifies knowledge in the procedures and instrumentation necessary to assist in ophthalmic surgical suites.

Magana is the team leader for Dr. Val Zudans in the Cataract Center and has been employed with Florida Eye Institute for over 15 years. Dr. Zudans, Board Certified Ophthalmologist, specializes in no- needle, no-stitch, no-drop cataract surgery, and advanced replacement lenses to help patients eliminate the need for glasses.

“We are extremely proud of Erica for completing advanced certification as COT,” states Dr. Zudans. “Florida Eye Institute is committed to professional development for all of our staff. Advanced certification supports our mission to provide patients with the utmost skill in eye care and surgery.”

Florida Eye Institute has two locations in Vero Beach and Sebastian. The practice offers the latest medical, surgical, and laser treatments for optimum vision. Visit for more information or call 772-500-2020. 


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