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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

  • $58,000

    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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Average Length of Employment
Eye Technician 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Ophthalmic Technician
Optician 7.4%
Cashier 6.3%
Technician 4.0%
Internship 3.8%
Server 2.6%
Assistant 2.4%
Top Careers After Ophthalmic Technician
Technician 7.6%
Optician 6.5%
Cashier 3.1%
Internship 2.9%

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Ophthalmic Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

75.8%

Male

16.0%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

19.6%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.1%

Russian

4.0%

French

3.7%

Mandarin

2.9%

Korean

2.6%

Cantonese

2.2%

Italian

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Hindi

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Filipino

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Serbian

0.7%

German

0.7%

Japanese

0.7%

Hmong

0.4%
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Ophthalmic Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.7%

Triton College

10.6%

The Academy

7.4%

Kaplan University

6.1%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Portland Community College

4.5%

Georgetown University

4.5%

University of South Florida

4.2%

University of Central Florida

3.8%

All American Career College

3.8%

Volunteer State Community College

3.8%

George Mason University

3.8%

Keiser University

3.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

Ashford University

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

Everest Institute

3.2%

Montgomery College

3.2%

Erie Community College

3.2%

Camden County College

3.2%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

16.7%

Nursing

11.7%

Business

10.5%

Biology

9.4%

Health Care Administration

9.1%

Psychology

6.7%

Medical Technician

5.0%

Ophthalmic And Optometric Support Services

4.9%

General Studies

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Optometry

2.6%

Education

2.3%

Health Sciences And Services

2.3%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.0%

Public Health

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Management

1.8%

Accounting

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

32.2%

Bachelors

29.2%

Associate

16.7%

Masters

7.8%

Certificate

7.5%

Diploma

3.5%

Doctorate

2.3%

License

0.9%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$29,000
Min 10%
$58,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Aurora Medical Group
Highest Paying City
Burlington, MA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
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The national average salary for an Ophthalmic Technician in the United States is $58,728 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $116,000.

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Top Skills for An Ophthalmic Technician

  1. Medical Records
  2. Patient Care
  3. Optical Coherence Tomography
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and proof read letters compiled from Electronic Medical Records to maintain communication with referring physicians.
  • Do non-repetitive difficult and specialized duties involving recognized methodologies utilized in a patient care.
  • Performed optical coherence tomography using OCT scanner.
  • Record patient medical history and visual acuity measurements.
  • Scheduled Surgery at Banner and other outside facilities ordered anesthesia and any specialty items that were required

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