Ophthalmic Technician


POSITION: Ophthalmic Technician

DEPARTMENT: Clinic

REPORTS TO: Lead Ophthalmic Technician/Clinic Supervisor

Job Summary: To perform extensive data collection functions to properly diagnose patients' conditions in a way that instills patient confidence in the treatment. Demonstrate ophthalmic technician skills.

education and Experience:

  1. High school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Two-year experience in medical practice.

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  1. Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  2. Problem solver, analytical skills.
  3. Personable; empathetic with patient’s needs and concerns.
  4. Well-organized with attention to detail.
  5. Ability to work as a team member.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Personnel / Clinic
  1. Acquaint all new patients with the office procedures to which they will be exposed.  Inform patients of the purpose of all tests personally performed and how they will be affected during the tests.
  2. Obtain patient history to include chief compliant, history of present illness, past history (ocular and general), family history (ocular and general), and history of allergies and medications.
  3. Perform accurate and consistent documentation and measurement tasks to include measuring and recording of: visual acuity, measure and record glasses, manifest refraction for distance and near vision, tonometry, pupils, schirmer testing, dilate patient, color screening, administer Humphrey visual field, perform corneal modeling, laser interferometry, auto refraction, auto keratometry, manual keratometry, glare testing, non-cataract tonometry, A-scan, B-scan, endothelial cell counting, and fundus photography.
  4. Assist in the performance of complex clinical procedures requiring special assistance. Involved in direct patient care to include changing of dressings, instilling of eye drops and ointments.
  5. Assist physician with surgery and laser procedures.
  6. Determine which patients should be taken next from the waiting room to have treatment initiated. 
  7. Escort patients from waiting room to the treatment room.
  8. Following work-up, advise patients of who will see them next, and make patients comfortable during their wait. 
  9. Maintain a smooth flow of patients to the physician.
  10. Communicate with ophthalmic assistant to facilitate proper patient flow.
  11. Perform other duties as required.

2. Equipment / Administrative

    1. Keep exposed lenses, mirrors, and prisms clean. 
    2. Prepare patients' charts for appointments. 
    3. Prepare lenses, wall charts, and pre-surgical summaries for surgery.

CAREER PATH:

  • Ophthalmic Technician Trainee
  • Ophthalmic Technician
  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician
  • Lead Ophthalmic Technician
  • Clinic Supervisor
  • Clinic Manager
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