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Become An Ophthalmic Assistant

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Working As An Ophthalmic Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $35,030

    Average Salary

What Does An Ophthalmic Assistant Do At The University of Texas Medical Branch

* Demonstrates competence, caring and compassion when performing technical and supportive patient care skills, incorporating the patient’s plan of care and following approved policy and procedure patients/families
* Accurately documents and communicates interventions and measurements.
* Initiates patient work-ups in the ophthalmology clinics in a timely manner
* Performs keratometry, photokeratometry and corneal topography
* Will assist with minor OR and laser procedures.
* This includes instrument set-up, a working knowledge of sterile technique, instrument cleaning and sterilization
* Exercise proficiency in minor equipment maintenance
* Log and organize equipment repairs for contracted maintenance
* Performs visometry and BAT (Brightness Acuity Test)
* Assists in the maintenance of equipment, supplies and the environment.
* Respects and supports patient rights
* Practices positive customer and peer relations.
* Participates in and supports continuous quality improvement activities and the clinic/departmental level.
* Demonstrates acceptable productivity and practices cost containment.
* Functions as an interdependent and supportive team member by fostering constructive relationships with coworkers, managers and others
* Accepts responsibility for own growth/development
* Adheres to internal controls established by department
* Preferred Work Experience
* Our Ideal Candidate –
* Has 2 years of directly related experienceperforming - manifest refraction, tonopen, lensometry reading
* Is a team player who excels in a fast-paced work environment
* Demonstrates excellent communication and customer service skills
* Flexible about Clinic Assignments – You will be assigned a primary clinic but may have to provide coverage at other clinics** _as necessary_**.

What Does An Ophthalmic Assistant Do At Palmetto Health Medical Group

* Greets patient and escorts them from the waiting room to exam rooms; prepares patients for exam or treatment; assists the physician in all areas of patient care.
* Contacts patients with appropriate medical responses, schedules appointments, if necessary, according to established protocol(s).
* Assists with patient triage as necessary.
* Performs the following functions/procedures:
* A) Obtains medical and ocular history information and completes all required forms for physician exam
* B) Performs eye exam to measure visual acuity, manifest refraction, applanation tanometry, pinhole acuity
* C) Measure, compare and test pupils
* D) Instill ocular medications
* Assists physicians with routine surgical procedures.
* Maintains timely flow of patients.
* Maintains patient confidentiality; complies with HIPAA and compliance guidelines established by the practice.
* Attends annual CPR, OSHA and CLIA training programs as required.
* Performs all other tasks and projects assigned by the clinic and/or office manager

What Does An Ophthalmic Assistant Do At Tufts Medical Center

* Prepares patient for the physician's evaluation by obtaining history, chief complaint, document medications and pertinent questions and necessary information · Performs various screening tasks including visual acuity, auto lensometry, auto refraction/keratometry, Ishihara plates, Amsler grid, stereo tests, confrontation visual fields, D
* color tests, and corneal topography · Performs various diagnostic tests as determined necessary through patient assessment; pupil and anterior chamber depth evaluation, Tono pen tonometry, confrontational and Humphrey visual fields, and corneal topography · Instills diagnostic eye drops as directed by the physician to evaluate level of pressure in the eye and to dilate pupils · Prepares patient consent forms for in-office procedures · Performs basic instrument maintenance (i.e. bulb replacement, battery changes, etc.), and ensures that all equipment and lights are working properly · Performs instrument maintenance (i.e. bulb replacement, battery changes, calibration, etc

What Does An Ophthalmic Assistant Do At Evergreen Healthcare

* 1. Greets and rooms patients per organizational standards.
* Takes patient history.
* Performs basic and routine vision screening examinations and records visual acuity.
* Educates patients on eye care, contact lens care and in preparation for surgical procedures.
* Manages and administers eye medications as indicated per provider orders.
* Restocks and cleans exam rooms after patient care

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

* Manages patient flow and performs rooming standards.
* Initiate documentation of the patient’s chief complaint, history of present illness, review of systems, and all pertinent ocular findings accurately and in accordance with compliance guidelines.
* Perform testing to include visual acuity measurement, color vision testing, lensometry, keratometry, testing pupil function, tonometry, automated perimetry, evaluation of EOMs, confrontation visual field testing, and other patient services as requested by the ophthalmologist.
* Measure and record vital signs including blood pressure, pulse and respirations.
* Administer topical ophthalmic and oral medications at the direction of the physician.
* Escorts patients to other areas of the department for completion of the examination.
* Collects and records accurate telephone information and relays it to ophthalmic provider or technician.
* Depending on location and/or department, may be responsible for performing the following responsibilities:
* a.
* Basic computer scheduling, canceling and coordination of appointment.
* b.
* Auditing of charge tickets for 24 hour turnover and verification of procedure and diagnosis code.
* c.
* 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 COA will then review instructions and goals and print the visit summary for the patient.
* Assist with minor surgery procedures and laser treatments in the office.
* Inventory and maintain surgical instruments in accordance with OSHA standards.
* Remove and apply dressings as directed.
* Educate patients regarding administration of medications, and pre- and post- operative instructions as directed by physician.
* Complete requests for prescription refills as authorized by physician with full documentation in patient chart.
* Screen patients and calls for emergency/urgent situations; obtain pertinent information for provider.
* Must have a good general knowledge of contact lenses.
* Orders and maintains supplies and material needed in the assigned work area.
* Open and close exam lanes daily, ensuring that equipment is cleaned and disinfected in an appropriate manner, battery-powered instruments are seated properly in recharge wells, slit lamps and projectors are switched off and are under covers.
* Assist with maintenance of clinical examination equipment.
* Coordinates surgical packets with appropriate surgical site.
* Participate in teaching students when requested, model a high quality practice, participate in orientation of new personnel and their development.
* Attends and participates in programs offering continuing education.
* Acts as a resource to other health care providers.
* Follow all safety procedures as per protocol guidelines.
* Performs additional medical responsibilities assigned by ophthalmic provider, who supervises and assumes legal responsibilities for these actions.
* Performs other duties as assigned

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How To Become An Ophthalmic Assistant

Most medical assistants have postsecondary education such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training.


Medical assistants typically graduate from postsecondary education programs. Although there are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in most states, employers may prefer to hire assistants who have completed these programs.

Programs for medical assisting are available from community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, and universities and take about 1 year to complete. These programs usually lead to a certificate or diploma. Some community colleges offer 2-year programs that lead to an associate’s degree. All programs have classroom and laboratory portions that include lessons in anatomy and medical terminology.

Some medical assistants have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their duties on the job. High school students interested in a career as a medical assistant should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical assistants must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.

Detail oriented. Medical assistants need to be precise when taking vital signs or recording patient information. Physicians and insurance companies rely on accurate records.

Interpersonal skills. Medical assistants need to be able to discuss patient information with other medical personnel, such as physicians. They often interact with patients who may be in pain or in distress, so they need to be able to act in a calm and professional manner.

Technical skills. Medical assistants should be able to use basic clinical instruments so they can take a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.


Medical assistants who do not have postsecondary education learn their skills through on-the-job training. Physicians or other medical assistants may teach a new assistant medical terminology, the names of the instruments, how to do daily tasks, how to interact with patients, and other tasks that help keep an office running smoothly. Medical assistants also learn how to code both paper and electronic health records (EHRs) and how to record patient information. It can take several months for an assistant to complete training, depending on the facility.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical assistants are not required to be certified in most states. However, employers prefer to hire certified assistants.

Several organizations offer certification. An applicant must pass an exam and have taken one of several routes to be eligible for each certification. These routes include graduation from an accredited program and work experience, among others. In most cases, an applicant must be at least 18 years old before applying for certification.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, accredits five certifications for medical assistants:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) from the American Association of Medical Assistants
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from American Medical Technologists
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) from the National Healthcareer Association
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) from the National Healthcareer Association

Some states may require assistants to graduate from an accredited program, pass an exam, or both, in order to practice. Contact the state board of medicine for more information.

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Ophthalmic Assistant Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Japanese

  • Arabic

  • Greek

  • German

  • Swedish

  • Vietnamese

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Indonesian

  • Ukrainian

  • Cantonese

  • Tagalog

  • Serbian

  • Croatian

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Top Skills for An Ophthalmic Assistant


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Top Ophthalmic Assistant Skills

  1. Medical History
  2. Optical Coherence Tomography
  3. Visual Acuity
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Checked patients in & out and updated patient information, along with medical history.
  • Performed Visual Field Testing, Optical Coherence Tomography, and Assessed Intra ocular pressure through Tono pen or applanation.
  • Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
  • Assisted with surgery scheduling and obtaining surgery prior authorizations.
  • Performed comprehensive ophthalmic exams, manual refractometry and applanation tonometry.

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