Ophthalmic Technician Job Description

Ophthalmic Technician Job Description

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Ophthalmic technician provides technical support to Ophthalmologists by performing basic and specialized eye examinations on patients in the Ophthalmology Department and Eye Clinic.

Ophthalmic Technician Duties & Responsibilities

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

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

History taking
Visual acuity measurement
Refractometry (measurements for the glasses prescription) and tonometry (measure eye pressure) duties
Measuring pupil size and reactivity
Testing and measuring eye muscle function
Corneal thickness and curvature measurement and topography
Retinal nerve fiber layer measurement
Retinal thickness and topography
Fluorescein angiography
A and B-scan ultrasonography

Ophthalmic Technician Qualifications

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

Licensing or Certifications for Ophthalmic Technician

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: BLS, CPR, JCAHPO, COA, COT, COMT, AHA, CST, AMT, AAMA

Education for Ophthalmic Technician

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the ophthalmic technician job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as High School and Associate Degree in General Education, Education, Medical, Technical, Ophthalmology, Allied Health, Associates, Patient Care, Sciences, Graduate School

Skills for Ophthalmic Technician

Desired skills for ophthalmic technician include:

Cover tests
Functions & anomalies
Nystagmus
Stereo-acuity
Electronic Medical Records and medical terminology is desirable
& be able to perform Amsler Grid testing
Automated perimetry
Eye medications
Eye meds
Universal precautions

Desired experience for ophthalmic technician includes:

Assisting with contact lens fitting, and patient instruction
Preparing for and assisting with in-office procedures
Surgical assisting
Measure axial length with A-scan biometry and determine the appropriate intraocular lens power for implantation
Obtaining patient history and charts procedures in the electronic medical records
Performing and recording visual acuities, color vision, stereopsis test, auto refractometer readings, blood pressure as directed by ophthalmologist

Ophthalmic Technician Examples

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Ophthalmic Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for an ophthalmic technician. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for ophthalmic technician
  • Handling patient questions during visits and via phone, providing advice and resolving problems in consultation with Ophthalmologist
  • Maintaining, calibrating, cleaning, and sterilizing ophthalmic instruments and equipment as indicated
  • Assisting the Physicians in performing in-office ophthalmic procedures
  • Transcribing Physician's dictation into patient electronic medical record, as directed by the Physician according to Local, State and Federal guidelines
  • Monitoring inventory of supplies and restocks as necessary
  • Ensuring medication and treatment items are not expired
  • Oversee daily assignments and workflow of the Eye Institute
  • Lead orientation and training, and check work of new technical staff
  • Perform ophthalmic tests and procedures with proficiency in the ophthalmic sub-specialties
  • Report findings of tests and procedures according to established policy, such as Schirmer tear test or equivalent, Visual acuity (Distance), Visual acuity (Near), Potential visual acuity, Advanced slit lamp examinations, Refractometry, Worth 4 dots tests, Independent Ultrasound A-scan tests, CVF (confrontation), Topography
Qualifications for ophthalmic technician
  • Ensure quality and safety of all patients and imaging following appropriate hospital and Eye Institute policies and procedures
  • Assist providers with ophthalmic imaging procedures such as flourescein angiography
  • For patient charts
  • Performing testing, including automated refractometer, lensometry, visual acuity measurements, and other patient services
  • Performs diagnostic and other ophthalmic testing procedures on patients, such as ultrasonography, perimetry, visual function (VER, ERG, EOG, and Dark adaptonmetry), biometry, tonometry and tonography
  • Schedules patient appointments testing
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Ophthalmic Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for an ophthalmic technician. 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 technician
  • Three-Five years’ experience in Ophthalmology and demonstrates proficiency in refracting and applanation tonometry
  • Good communication skills Ability to type a minimum of 20wpm preferred
  • Frequent periods of extended standing and sitting
  • Possible lifting and assisting of patients
  • Ensures that all equipment is in operating order and that all preventative maintenance is up to date
  • May be required to travel to satellite offices to perform a wide range of imaging, testing, and or photography as required
  • Requires travel to satellites
  • Responsible to certify and maintain certification and participation in all current and on going research studies being performed in the ocular imaging lab
  • Properly operate common non-automated and automated ophthalmic equipment
  • Measure interpupillary distances, evaluate glasses fitting and perform simple eyeglass adjustments
Qualifications for ophthalmic technician
  • Must be JCAHPO certified at Assistant level (COA) or must obtain JCAHPO certification within one year
  • Cornea/Cataract experience
  • Experience in field of Optometry
  • Properly assist physically or visually disable patients
  • Confirm patient informed consent obtained
  • Assemble instrument tray for specific procedures
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Ophthalmic Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for an ophthalmic technician. 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 technician
  • Instrument care and sterilization
  • Obtaining patient history and charting procedures in the electronic medical records
  • Performing and recording visual acuities, color vision, stereopsis test, auto refractometer readings, and blood pressure as directed by Ophthalmologist
  • Handling patient questions during visits and via phone, providing advice, and resolving problems
  • Assisting Physicians in performing in-office ophthalmic procedures
  • Educating patients on ocular conditions and ocular care
  • Prepares specimens for culture and staining, associated required documentation including specimen submission
  • Provides training and expertise in basic and complex testing to junior staff as needed
  • Accompanies the provider into the exam room, updates or collects patient history and inputs patient data into the practice management system
  • Provides leadership, ophthalmic expertise and decision making for day-to-day clinical operations and patient flow
Qualifications for ophthalmic technician
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician – Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology preferred
  • College degree in a Health field
  • Ophthalmic Technician certification
  • Able ot multitask efficienlty and effectively
  • Work requires completion of Ophthalmic Technician training and certification as a certified Ophthalmic Technician by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
  • If not certified, requirement for successful completion of JCAHPO Ophthalmic assistant certification within six months of hire
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Ophthalmic Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for an ophthalmic technician. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for ophthalmic technician
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skills relating to ocular care appropriate to newborn, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients under the direction of Senior Ophthalmic Technician
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skills relating to preliminary vision exam, glass reading, intraocular pressure, visual acuity, A-scan, B-scan, fundus photography, and fluorescein angiography
  • Establishes monthly attending schedules both daily and on call
  • Orders clinical and non-clinical office supplies within the office budget
  • Prepares the patient for their office visits, assists practitioner and performs procedures assigned
  • Administers ophthalmic medications safely, under the direction and supervision of a physician
  • Maintains clean and stocked exam rooms and work station
  • Responds to patient crises situations under the direction of a registered nurse
  • Understands and uses principles of customer service
  • Provide other duties that may be assigned
Qualifications for ophthalmic technician
  • Must obtain Ophthalmic Assistant certification within eighteen (18) months of hire date)
  • Previous experience or training in this or similar position
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in internet usage and electronic health records
  • Good understanding of ophthalmic practice and patient care
  • Knowledge of medical instrumentation and its proper care and usage
  • Ability to assess common safety hazards and take precautions to establish a safe work environment
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Ophthalmic Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of ophthalmic technician. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for ophthalmic technician
  • Perform electrophysiological tests and visual fields on clinical research subjects
  • Stock and maintain exam and testing rooms
  • Input of patient information, managing data entry
  • Instrument calibration, download and update software
  • Identify equipment malfunction and report problem to technical support
  • Assist in training and coordinating the work of ophthalmic assistants and technicians
  • Performs basic ophthalmic testing procedures, assessments, and tasks delegated by the eye care provider
  • Mentors staff on testing based on presenting symptoms or diagnosis
  • Refractometry (measurements for the glasses prescription)
  • Tonometry (measure eye pressure)
Qualifications for ophthalmic technician
  • Efficiently and accurately interviews patients and documents medical histories
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of eye anatomy, disease, symptoms and ocular medications
  • Is capable of performing A-Scans ultrasonography, fundus photography, optical coherence tomography, and autorefraction/corneal topography
  • Understands and uses proper sterile technique
  • Understands and communicates well to patients about strabismus, amblyopia, glasses and pediatric surgical procedures
  • Is energetic and empathic with patients

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