Ophthalmic Technician

Posted on: 7/28/2014 11:10:00 AM
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: TBD

POSITION:                 Ophthalmic Technician

DEPARTMENT:         Clinical

REPORT TO:             Ophthalmic Technician 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.



High school diploma; some college preferred.

Two years experience as an Ophthalmic Assistant.

Valid proof of certification as an Ophthalmic Assistant preferred.



Demonstrated, advanced comprehension of the ophthalmic assistant skills as outlined by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

Basic understanding of optics and the ability to perform refractometry.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Empathetic personality with concern for patients’ needs.

Strong organization with attention to detail.

Ability to work as a team member.

Demonstrated ability to perform comprehensive work ups on three patients per hour.

Demonstrated computer literacy with strong knowledge of Electronic Medical Records and Electronic Practice Management software.



Communication and Patient Care

Interacts with all patients using the level of respect and professionalism required by this practice.

Acquaints all new patients with office procedures to which they will be exposed.

Informs patients of the purpose of all tests personally performed, and how the patient will be affected during the tests.

Obtains patient history to include chief complaint, review of systems, history of present illness, past history (ocular and general), family history (ocular and general), and history of allergies and medications.

Performs accurate and consistent documentation and measurement tasks to include:

Visual acuity with & without pinhole

Manual lensometry

Confrontation visual fields

Stereo testing

Evaluation of motility

Pupillary function tests

Color plates

Applanation tonometry

Schirmer’s testing

Refractometry (Auto and Manual)

Brightness Acuity Testing

Angle assessment

Dilation of pupils

Visual field testing

Optic nerve scanning (i.e. OCT, HRT)


Corneal topography

Fundus photography

Manual keratometry

Immersion A-scan

IOL Master

Other tasks specific to the physician’s needs as a result of new technologies

Provides back-up to the ophthalmic photographer regarding fundus, exterior and anterior segment photographs.

Performs duties consistent with ophthalmic writer/scribe.

Assists physician with minor surgery, maintaining practice standards of sterile technique and infection control.


Determines which patient should be taken next from the waiting room to have testing initiated.

Escorts all patients from the waiting room for data collection.

Advises patients as to who will see them following testing and makes patients comfortable during wait.

Maintains a smooth flow of patients to the physician, altering the test sequence as required.

Provides telephone support regarding ocular emergencies, prescription refills, and patient care questions.

Communicates with reception to facilitate proper patient flow.


Instrument Maintenance

Troubleshoots instruments as necessary.

Replaces bulbs.

Checks connections.

Performs archiving functions according to manufacturer recommendations.

Performs autoclaving and maintenance of instrument sterility.

Reports continued difficulty to Lead Ophthalmic Technician.



Seeks advice from more senior staff as necessary, never performing beyond capabilities.

Maintains cleanliness in exam and procedure rooms.

Maintains back up levels of stock in exam and procedure rooms.

Performs other duties as required.



Must be able to walk, sit and stand for at least eight hours.

Must be able to type or write legibly in a dimly-lit setting.

Must have the manual dexterity to operate delicate ophthalmic equipment.

Must be able to hear softly spoken words.



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