Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
POSITION: Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
REPORTS TO: Lead Ophthalmic Technician / Clinic Supervisor
JOB SUMMARY: This individual is responsible for performing an extensive number of data-collection functions, as delegated by the physician, to allow for proper, professional diagnosis of patients’ conditions.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- High school diploma, some college preferred.
- Two-years experience as an Ophthalmic Assistant.
- Valid proof of certification as an Ophthalmic Assistant.
- Valid CPR certification.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ophthalmic Assistant skills as outlined by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).
- Empathetic personality giving attention to patient’s needs and concerns.
- Strong organizational skills with attention to detail.
- Ability to work as a team member.
- Computer literacy.
- Communication & Patient Care
- Interacts with all patients using the level of respect and professionalism required by this practice.
- Obtains patient history, to include chief complaint, history of present illness, past history (ocular and general), family history (ocular and general), and history of allergies and medications.
- Performs duties consistent with ophthalmic writer/scribe.
- Performs accurate and consistent documentation and measurement tasks to include:
- Visual acuity
- Manual lensometry
- Confrontational visual fields
- Pupillary function
- Color Plates
- Applanation tonometry
- Humphrey Visual Field
- Troubleshoots instrument repairs as necessary
- Replaces bulbs
- Checks connections
- Reports continued difficulty to Lead Ophthalmic Technician
- Determines which patient should be taken next from the waiting room to have testing initiated.
- Escorts patients from the waiting room for the data collection.
- Following testing, advises as to who will see them next and makes them comfortable during the wait.
- Maintains a smooth flow of patients to the physician, altering the test sequence as required.
- Escorts patients from the clinical area to the check-out station or optical dispensary, when necessary.
- Assists in screenings as needed
- Seeks advice from more senior staff as necessary, never performing beyond capabilities.
- Maintains stock levels and cleanliness of exam lanes.
- Confirms patients’ appointments by phone two business days in advance.
- Performs other duties, as required.
- Ophthalmic Technician Trainee
- Ophthalmic Technician
- Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
- Certified Ophthalmic Technician
- Lead Ophthalmic Technician
- Clinic Supervisor
- Clinic Manager