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Working As an Ophthalmic Assistant

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $37,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Ophthalmic Assistant Do At UPMC

* Assist staff and optometrists/physicians to promote timely and efficient patient flow.
* Assist the optometry department with the contact lens orders and stock.
* Assist with maintaining Department of Health and Physician Services Division Safety guidelines and regulations.
* Assist with maintaining office inventory including checking expirations and reordering of stock.
* Restocking of exam rooms.
* Cleaning and sterilizing of instruments.
* Cleaning/Wet tasking of rooms and maintaining overall appearance of office.
* Assist with maintenance and calibration of instruments and equipment especially as it pertains to the optometry department.
* Assist with patient correspondence/letters.
* Maintain patient confidentiality of records and patient reported information.
* Patient work up- medical history, chief complaint, family medical history, obtain visual acuity near and distant, 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.
* Maintain a pleasant rapport with patients

What Does An Ophthalmic Assistant Do At Mercy

* Prepares examination rooms and checks daily patient schedule.
* Greets patients and escorts patients to the examining rooms.
* Obtains accurate and concise patient history: ocular, medical, family history, past medical history and past ocular history.
* Measures visual acuity (near, far and pinhole) and tests glare factor with BAT.
* Reads glasses - understands principles of sphere, cylinder and prism.
* Neutralizes patients’ lenses.
* Tests color vision, Amsler grid and depth perception when warranted.
* Instills ocular medication; applies ocular dressings.
* Instructs patients concerning medicines, tests and surgical procedures.
* Sets up, preps for and assists with surgical procedures performed in the office.
* Assists with and/or performs additional testing ordered by the doctor.
* Takes dictation and keeps accurate records.
* Cleans exam rooms, sterilizes instruments; stocks supplies on a weekly basis.
* Performs A Scans, pulse and blood pressure procedures on pre-op patients.
* Performs hand held tonometry, visual field, PAM.
* Performs extra ocular motility, checks pupils and confrontation field.
* Screens phone messages, triages emergency calls and returns patient calls.
* Assists optometrists with contact lens insertion, removal, cleaning, ordering and returning.
* Assists front desk area for coverage

What Does An Ophthalmic Assistant Do At Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose&Throat Assoc.

* Perform preliminary components of the ophthalmic work up due to nature of patient complaint and current status at the request of the physician
* Instill eye medications as per physician's order
* Perform diagnostic testing to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient (when appropriate)Provide education and instruction on the use and maintenance of contact lensDocument patient encounters properly in accordance to CEENTA compliance guidelines in electronic medical record software in a timely mannerProvide educational and triage information to patient and their families (when appropriate)Maintain OSHA standards to ensure sterilized and safe environment

What Does An Ophthalmic Assistant Do At St. Mary's Good Samaritan

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* Is responsible for performing the following functions at any Dean location in which coverage is required.
* Conduct the history in the manner and format required by the ophthalmologist or supervisor.
* Assess and record visual acuity.
* Neutralize and record spectacle prescription by the means of lensometer (manual or automatic).
* Instruct patient and measure intra ocular pressure (IOP) and record information with the use of an NCT or applanation tonometer.
* Instruct and measure corneal curvature and record information obtained by a manual and automated keratometer.
* Instruct and measure stereo acuity and record information obtained.
* Check pupil response for accommodation, direct light stimulus, consensual light stimulus for pathological conditions; record information.
* Instill drops on the order of an ophthalmologist while clearly instructing patient, using correct sterile technique with proper medication; record as appropriate.
* Educate patient on important aspects of eye care by ensuring 1) principles of basic eye care and 2) testing procedures being performed.
* Order and maintain supplies and materials needed in the assigned work area.
* Maintain equipment in a preventative maintenance program, i.e. proper handling, care, cleaning, changing bulbs, batteries, etc…
* Organize, clean and maintain department area.
* Complete charge slips as appropriate.
* Assist physicians with paperwork.__May act as a scribe by documenting (on behalf of the provider) all clinically relevant interaction and dialogue during the course of the patient visit.
* This will include: documenting history and exam, entering diagnoses, orders (medications, labs, imaging, consults, etc.), diagnoses, E&M;, follow up and patient instructions.
* The OA will then review instructions and goals and print the visit summary for the patient.
* Coordinate surgical packets with appropriate surgical site.
* Attend and participate in programs offering continuing education.
* Participate in teaching students when requested, model a high quality of practice, particpate in orientation of new personnel and their development.
* Perform automated and Goldman visual fields.
* Assess and identify facial abnormalities associated with eye problems; records gross external abnormalities from the examination.
* Perform acuity test (PAM) and brightness acuity test (BAT) and or slide; instruct patients and measure potential acuity; record information.
* Screen patients and calls for emergency/urgent situations; obtain pertinent information for physician.
* Must have good general knowledge of contact lenses that include:
* PMMA
* Gas Permeable
* Soft
* Toric
* Extended wear
* Including the ability to use the following instruments for contact lens information; radiuscope, distometer, shadow graph, v-groove, ocular and slit lamp; to include demonstrating insertion/removal and care of contact lenses.
* Assist Ophthalmologist in laser (YAG, ARGON, or EXCIMER) procedures by preparing equipment and assisting patients for positioned comfort, record surgical information required.
* Instruct patients and assess anterior chamber depth prior to dilation; record information.
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What Does An Ophthalmic Assistant Do At Campus Eye Group

The ideal candidate will assist the doctor in providing a high level of patient care by performing patient workups; efficiently and accurately obtaining and documenting patient s medical history in EMR system; conducting special testing including visual fields, OCTs, fundus photography, and corneal topography; scribing with the doctor; maintaining a clean exam and testing room environment; and proactively communicating with patients and pharmacies

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Ophthalmic Assistant Career Paths

Ophthalmic Assistant
Ophthalmic Technician Technician Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Ophthalmic Technician Technician Staff Nurse
Consultant Nurse
11 Yearsyrs
Ophthalmic Technician Technician Administrator
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Optician Billing Specialist Administrator
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Optician Billing Specialist Patient Care Coordinator
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Optician Billing Specialist Medical Coder
Health Information Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Supervisor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Registered Nurse Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Optometric Technician Team Leader Office Manager
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Optometric Technician Patient Service Representative Service Supervisor
Patient Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Optometric Technician Patient Service Representative Supervisor, Patient Access
Patient Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Registered Nurse Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Clinical Coordinator Clinical Manager
Manager Of Clinical Services
10 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Clinical Research Coordinator Laboratory Manager
Optical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Provider Medical Coder
Medical Records Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Therapist Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for An Ophthalmic Assistant

  1. Patient Care
  2. Optical Coherence Tomography
  3. Visual Acuity
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Direct patient care including performing visual field tests, corneal topographies, vision testing, and assisted in minor surgery room.
  • Captured advanced retinal images using Optical Coherence Tomography and took initiative in analyzing and diagnosing ocular diseases.
  • Gathered patent's medical information and assess patients visual acuity.
  • Coordinated surgery schedules and verifying insurance coverage as well as making patient aware of coverage.
  • Performed visual acuity, inserting dilating drops into the patient's eyes, performed visual fields and assisted in office surgery.

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Ophthalmic Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

79.0%

Male

12.7%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

18.9%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.0%

Portuguese

4.2%

French

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Chinese

3.4%

German

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Swedish

0.8%

Serbian

0.8%

Hebrew

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Croatian

0.8%

Korean

0.8%
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Ophthalmic Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.0%

Kaplan University

8.0%

The Academy

5.8%

University of Florida

5.1%

Greenville Technical College

5.1%

Keiser University

5.1%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

Owens Community College

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.6%

Montgomery College

3.6%

Houston Community College

3.6%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.6%

West Virginia University

3.6%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%

University of Cincinnati

3.6%

Capella University

3.6%

Arkansas State University

2.9%

Columbus State Community College

2.9%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

19.0%

Business

12.8%

Nursing

11.0%

Health Care Administration

8.2%

Biology

7.2%

Ophthalmic And Optometric Support Services

4.9%

Psychology

4.9%

Medical Technician

4.5%

General Studies

3.8%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Nursing Assistants

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Education

2.2%

Health Sciences And Services

2.2%

Management

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.6%

Sociology

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

35.8%

Bachelors

25.3%

Associate

17.5%

Certificate

8.6%

Masters

6.3%

Diploma

3.6%

Doctorate

1.8%

License

1.1%
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