Ophthalmic Assistant Job Description

Ophthalmic Assistant Job Description

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Ophthalmic assistant provides telephone support regarding ocular emergencies, prescription refills, and patient care questions.

Ophthalmic Assistant Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective ophthalmic assistant job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included ophthalmic assistant job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Understand basic ocular anatomy and physiology, systemic diseases, ocular diseases and ocular
Prepare and clean procedure and exam rooms
Provide comprehensive care to Ophthalmic Oncology Surgery patients
Will cover pediatric and adult patients within the OR, Inpatient floors and outpatient clinics
Ensures rooms are clean and well stocked
Prepares patients for exams and obtains allergy and medical history
Dilates patient's eyes as required
Patient work up- medical history, chief complaint, family medical history, obtain visual acuity near and distant, refraction, color vision assessment, applanation tonometry and tonopen, confrontation fields, pupil assessment, extraocular muscle assessment, lensometry, blood pressure measurement, keratometry, pachymetry and other testing as needed
Perform clerical duties to maintain effective office operations and patient services
Weekly pay with direct deposit or payroll card

Ophthalmic Assistant Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Ophthalmic Assistant

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPR, MA, JCAHPO, COA, BLS, OSC, AAMA, AMT, BCLS

Education for Ophthalmic Assistant

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the ophthalmic assistant job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as High School and Associate Degree in General Education, Ophthalmology, Communication, Medicine, Associates, Allied Health, Medical, Supervision, Computer, Graduate

Skills for Ophthalmic Assistant

Desired skills for ophthalmic assistant include:

Medical terminology
Anatomy
Physiology
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Ocular diseases
Ocular emergencies and metric conversion fundamentals of microbial control
Systemic diseases
Infection control procedures and safety precautions
Ophthalmology office procedures
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Desired experience for ophthalmic assistant includes:

Excellent potential for long term growth with a company who is an advocate of promoting from within
Optional medical and dental coverage
Holiday pay and year-end service bonus
Current JCAHPO certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, may be required in the future
Assist providers with direct patient care by assisting patients to appropriate treatment areas, prepare patient areas for examination, help with patient exams and procedures, following universal precautions and sterile technique, and help to discharge patients
Utilize computer including IDX, to schedule, patients and manage patient information

Ophthalmic Assistant Examples

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Ophthalmic Assistant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of ophthalmic assistant. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for ophthalmic assistant
  • Maintain provider and staff schedules to support clinic efficiency
  • Ensure accurate encounter batching and completion of RF screen
  • Assist providers with direct patient care by assisting patients to appropriate treatment area
  • Prepare patient areas for examination and assist with patient exams and procedures, following universal precautions and sterile technique, and help to discharge patients
  • Schedule patients and manage patient information
  • Perform pinhole testing when indicated
  • Estimate anterior chamber depth
  • Apply proper ocular dressings and shields
  • Follow divisional protocols for eye drop instillation
  • Label newly opened bottles with expiration dates
Qualifications for ophthalmic assistant
  • Position requires good understanding of ophthalmic practice and patient care
  • National Certification by the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology at the Assistant level
  • Measure interpupillary distances and evaluate spectacle fit
  • Properly assist physically or visually disabled patients
  • Perform accurate Eye Care tonometry
  • Understand the principals of scleral rigidity and the factors that alter intraocular pressure
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Ophthalmic Assistant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of ophthalmic assistant. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for ophthalmic assistant
  • Stock examination rooms in assigned area and ensure medication expiration dates are current
  • Disinfect and maintain examination rooms
  • Neuro-physiologic testing including electroretinogram (ERG), Multi-focal electroretinogram (MFERG), visual evoked potential (VEP), Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO)
  • Provides patient care
  • Schedules and ensures continuity of care
  • Coordinates referrals
  • Coordinates financial activities
  • Ensures that filing, phone calls, and record keeping are complete and properly identified with patient information
  • Explain the patient portal to patients, encourage and assist them in registering
  • Perform and record contrast sensitivity
Qualifications for ophthalmic assistant
  • Excellent organizational skills including the ability to prioritize daily assignments in order to meet changing demands
  • Graduate of approved MA program or graduate of an unapproved program with successful completion of certification examination
  • Must have visual acuity
  • Competency in basic Ophthalmic Assisting skills such as chart documentation, taking vital signs, preparing patients for exam, performing ophthalmology testing
  • One-year eye experience
  • Provide skilled front office and surgical scheduling/coordinator for the Ophthalmology physician practice including, but not limited to LASIK, PRK, PTK, cataract, Premium IOL's, glaucoma, retina, strabismus, and other surgeries
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Ophthalmic Assistant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for an ophthalmic assistant. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for ophthalmic assistant
  • Properly instill eye drops
  • Understand the indications / contraindications for use in dilation
  • Measure interpupillary distances, evaluate spectacle fit
  • Perform accurate Goldmann applanation tonometry and properly disinfect the tonometer
  • Perform accurate Tono-pen tonometry and properly disinfect and store the tonometer
  • Emergencies
  • Understand and practice the fundamentals of microbial control
  • Complete training in software such as Epic, POE, TAP, Forum, Oculab, Allscripts
  • Assist physician chair side as a scribe
  • Perform basic slit lamp evaluation of anterior chamber depth
Qualifications for ophthalmic assistant
  • Receive payments from patients and distributes appropriate receipts and change if necessary
  • Navigate several computers systems to obtain payment billing information
  • Explain billing information to patients, balances due and collect payments as necessary
  • Work Epic registration work queues
  • One year experience as a NorthShore Medical Group (PSA) Patient Support Associate in ophthalmology department or related experience
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy and flexibility in order to deal effectively with medical and ancillary staff, patients and general public
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Ophthalmic Assistant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for an ophthalmic assistant. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for ophthalmic assistant
  • Neuro-physiologic testing including electroretinogram (ERG), Multi-focal electroretinogram
  • MFERG)
  • Visual evoked potential (VEP), Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO)
  • Performs clerical duties as assigned by clinical supervisor
  • Perform patient screening
  • Obtain Medical History and manage patient flow
  • Color vision testing (Ishihara plates and Famsworth latern)
  • Extraocular Movements Testing (EOM)
  • Amsler Grid Testing, Pachymetry, BAT Testing
  • Instillation of eye medications
Qualifications for ophthalmic assistant
  • Proven experience and knowledge of clinic's scope of services and triage guidelines in order to complete triage forms based on the patient's needs/problems and on the clinic's available medical staff
  • General knowledge about ophthalmic medications, surgical and office services
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer operations with proven data entry skills
  • Knowledge of how to accurately complete invoices and ordering forms
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of clinical systems
  • Proven experience in screening telephone calls and directing callers to appropriate resource or to physician or staff for further screening and disposition
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Ophthalmic Assistant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for an ophthalmic assistant. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for ophthalmic assistant
  • Visual fields testing, optical coeherence tomography (OCT)
  • Laser procedure preparation and assisting
  • Obtains specific ophthalmic and medical patient history in accordance with established guidelines of Eye Services Department
  • Performs routine cleaning of ophthalmic equipment in accordance with department standards
  • Maintains a variety of logs such as oxygen, refrigerator temperatures, Notifies supervisors or others of any discrepancies
  • Instructs patients on proper usage of contact lenses
  • Coordinates with the ambulatory surgery dates for the ophthalmologist and schedules patients accordingly
  • Prepares instruments to be picked up for autoclave and sterilization
  • Other duties as assigned by Head Nurse, Executive Director or Physician
  • Obtaining appropriate referral prior to pts appointments
Qualifications for ophthalmic assistant
  • Excellent transcription skills
  • Knowledge of abbreviations of pharmaceuticals, most common dosage and proper spelling of the medications
  • Demonstrated experience with Epic Enterprise
  • Proven experience and knowledge of current chart order, alpha filing, terms and abbreviations commonly used to describe medical conditions
  • Skill with setting up and maintaining file system according to established protocol in order to organize and retrieve various forms used in daily clinic operation
  • Knowledge of the standard pre-test and pre-procedure instructions which patients may receive

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