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Working As An Ophthalmic Technician

  • 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

  • $50,318

    Average Salary

What Does An Ophthalmic Technician Do At GW Medical Faculty Associates

* To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Qualifications of Intern Technician (as state above)
* Perform Humphrey visual field(HVF) and Goldmann visual fields(GVF)
* Knowledge of ophthalmic terminology
* Perform tonometry, visual acuity, pachymetry and lensometry
* Take patient medical and ocular history
* Perform keratometry, color vision testing and stereo testing
* Information of contact lens insertion and removal(teaching the patient)
* Apply eye drops and knowledge of ophthalmic medication
* Basic knowledge of refraction and ability to measure glasses for patient
* Basic knowledge of ophthalmic instruments for minor procedures
* Prepare minor procedure setup, consent patient for procedure
* Autorefraction and autokeratometry
* Learn how to administer and interpret an Amsler Grid test
* Expert knowledge of Refraction and Retinoscopy
* Perform Fundus photos, OCT, HRT, IV Florescein Angiogram
* Knowledge of IOL Master Calibration
* Perform corneal topography
* Operates, calibrates and maintains ophthalmic instruments and equipment
* Make independent decisions based on different patient cases
* Qualify for clinical study certification
* All technicians will be involved in learning and teaching in the department

What Does An Ophthalmic Technician Do At TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers

* Completes forms including patient, family and social history.
* Document chief complaint.
* Tests patient s far acuity, near acuity, peripheral vision, depth perception, and color perception.
* Examines eye for abnormalities of cornea, and anterior and posterior chambers.
* Examines eye for any exterior abnormalities.
* Applies drops to anesthetize, dilate, or medicate eyes.\Measures intraocular pressure of eyes (glaucoma test).
* Tests for ocular motility.
* Tests patient s field of vision, including central and peripheral vision, for defects, and charts test results.
* Measures axial length of eye.
* Performs other tests and measurements as requested by Ophthalmologist including A-scans, B-scans, fundus photography, corneal topography, HRTII, visual field, and pachymetry.
* Gives instructions to patients concerning eye care.
* Assists in LASIK surgery Prepares charts, filing, taking payment Complete center follow-up requests for patient callbacks.
* Must comply with all policies and procedures of the organization, including but not limited to standard operating procedures and employee handbook.
* Performs various other duties as requested MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE

What Does An Ophthalmic Technician Do At Vision Group Holdings

* Inform patients of the purpose of all tests being performed
* Obtain patient history to include chief complaint, history of present illness, past history (ocular and general), family history (ocular and general), and history of allergies and medications.
* Perform accurate, consistent documentation and measurement tasks including: Visual acuity; Confrontational visual fields; Stereo testing; Evaluation of motility; Pupillary function tests; Color plates; Application tonometry; Refractometry; Angle assessment; Dilation of pupils; Visual field testing; Optic nerve scanning; Pachymetry; Corneal topography; Other tasks specific to the physician & needs as a result of new technologies

What Does An Ophthalmic Technician Do At University of Rochester

* A Ophthalmology Tech, level IV will be working with a physician will be spending most of the time working with patients and supporting physicians as indicated below.
* Approximately 90% of the employee’s time is involved in patient care gathering necessary information for the physician, initial patient screening work up and assessment and performing certain diagnostic testing required to properly care for the patient in accordance with any eye related problems and the sub-specialty they may be working in.
* All Ophth Tech IV will perform the following:
* Works along with physician in starting a patient for an eye examination performing the following possible items: (percentages below may vary according to sub-specialty needs)
* Obtains medical and ocular history, chief complaint and interviews patient.
* Obtains vital signs as necessary including height, weight, pulse and blood pressure.
* Obtains visual acuity both at distance and near, using pinhole technique as necessary
* Able to exam a newborn child, infant or small child in being able to check vision function using methods of “fix and follow” or“central, steady, maintained.”Is also able to perform visual acuity testing in newborns, infants, and small children or non-verbal adults by matching methods such as HOTV cards.
* Neutralizes glasses in determining patient’s current glass prescription to provide the physician of the current eyeglasses a patient may be wearing
* Technician is also able to measure prisms using a lensometer.
* Performs manifest refractions using a phoropter, automated refractions if necessary, to properly measure a patient’s refractive error and obtain best corrected visual acuity
* The technician is able to work in both plus and minus cylinders.
* Performs pupillary examination to check for irregular pupils and reactions.
* Refractive center technicians will have to know how to use computerized pupillometry.
* Checks confrontational fields to determine any gross visual field defects.
* Checks basic ocular motility to determine any eso/exo or tropias or phorias.
* Measures the intraocular pressure using a tonopen, a Goldmann tonometer or a Perkins tonometer.
* Performs a basic slit lamp examination and has the ability to check anterior chamber depth using the slit lamp.
* Takes external ocular measurements including keratometry, exopthalmometry and levator measurements.
* Performs diagnostic testing or services as needed and requested by the physician: (percentages below may vary according to sub-specialty needs)
* Intermediate color vision screening using Ishihara or HRR plates and D
* color chips.
* Automated visual field testing, Humphrey Visual Field.
* Corneal topographies for corneal measurements associated with contact lens fittings, corneal disease or surgical management on the orbscan.
* Uses a pachymeter to measure corneal thickness.
* Able to insert and remove contacts lenses or teach a patient insertion and removal techniques and contact lens care.
* Possess intermediate knowledge of contact lens uses for medical use including keratoconus
* Understands out to insert and remove special lenses and how to take care of them.
* Performs specialized visual acuity testing including a potential acuity meter (PAM), laser interferometry. (LI) and brightness acuity tester (BAT).
* Is able to use the IOL Master in taking measurement of the eyes including axial length, K-readings and anterior chamber depth (automated readings).
* Other duties as assigned

What Does An Ophthalmic Technician Do At Redwood Eye Center

* Pre-exam work-ups, lensometer, auto-refractor, pre
* Manifest, Vision Acuity (dist/near), OCT, Visual Field, Fundus Photos, Tonometry AScan, Pre Op, Post Op care, assist in minor surgical procedures, Chalazion, Pterygium, Blepharoplasty,Botox, Latisse, E
* Rx, Charting and EHR.
* Associated topics: cornea, eye, glaucoma, ophthalmolgist, ophthalmologist, ophthalmology, retina

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Ophthalmic Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

82.3%

Male

16.0%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.6%

Hispanic or Latino

19.8%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.7%

Russian

3.5%

French

3.0%

Mandarin

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Dutch

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Serbian

1.0%

Chinese

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Hmong

0.5%

Bulgarian

0.5%

Filipino

0.5%

Indonesian

0.5%
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Ophthalmic Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.4%

Triton College

10.4%

Georgetown University

6.4%

Kaplan University

5.9%

University of Central Florida

5.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.0%

Michigan State University

4.5%

The Academy

4.5%

Portland Community College

4.5%

Community College of Allegheny County

4.5%

Erie Community College

4.0%

Palm Beach State College

4.0%

Suffolk County Community College

3.5%

The Community College of Baltimore County

3.5%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

Camden County College

3.5%

South Texas College

3.5%

New England College of Optometry

3.5%

Florida Technical College

3.5%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

14.3%

Nursing

12.5%

Business

10.7%

Biology

9.8%

Health Care Administration

8.6%

Psychology

7.1%

Medical Technician

5.4%

Ophthalmic And Optometric Support Services

5.2%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

General Studies

2.9%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.9%

Optometry

2.6%

Education

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Health Sciences And Services

2.1%

Management

2.0%

Nursing Assistants

1.7%

English

1.6%

Medicine

1.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

34.2%

Bachelors

30.0%

Associate

15.5%

Certificate

7.4%

Masters

7.0%

Diploma

3.0%

Doctorate

2.2%

License

0.8%
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Top Skills for An Ophthalmic Technician

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  1. Medical History
  2. Optical Coherence Tomography
  3. Visual Acuity
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  • Record patient's medical history, prepare procedure paperwork, and administer diagnostic testing/photography.
  • Perform visual diagnostic testing including Humphrey Visual Fields and Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Administered topical ophthalmic medications and handled visual acuity, and refraction.
  • Coordinated outpatient surgery scheduling with physician and hospital staff.
  • Assisted doctors with patient flow and performed numerous vision tests on patients including refraction and applanation tonometry.

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