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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

  • $35,350

    Average Salary

What Does An Ophthalmic Technician Do At Vision Group Holdings

* Collects and calculates diagnostic data: K readings, refraction, visual fields, PAM (Potential Acuity Meter).
* Documents patient history, performs visual acuity and glaucoma tests.
* Prepares laser room and instruments for surgery.
* Enters data into laser and calibrates laser for each patient.
* Assists surgeon in laser correction procedure.
* Manages patient flow from pre-op through surgery to post-op phase.
* Provides post operative progress reports to the surgeon and/or optometrist.
* Monitors and maintains inventory of all medications and medical supplies.
* Monitors laser room and clinic equipment; maintains records regarding equipment service, testing and safety according to company policy and procedure.
* Washes and sterilizes equipment

What Does An Ophthalmic Technician Do At Eye Surgeons of Indiana

* Communication and Patient Care 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, 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 EMR chart documentation including histories and chief complaint Refractions Lensometry- manual and/or automated Keratometry Visual Acuity Testing Tonometry- applanation and Tonopen Visual Fields Amslers Muscle Testing Pupil Exams Schirmer s Tear Testing Ultrasound A-scan B
* Scan EOMs/Motility Topography Accommodation evaluation Minimal external evaluation and slit lamp examination IOL Master OCT Patient Instructions and education Fundus photography 21
* Provides back-up to the ophthalmic photographer regarding fundus, exterior and anterior segment photographs.
* Performs duties consistent with ophthalmic writer/scribe.
* Assists physician with laser procedures.
* Assists physician with minor surgery, maintaining practice standards of sterile technique and infection control.
* Performs duties consistent with ophthalmic writer/scribe.
* Assist physician with minor in-office procedures.
* 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.
* Administrative Ensures that exam rooms are tidied between patients, including cleaning sinks and sanitizing equipment.
* Cleans all lenses used by doctors.
* Prepares for COA/COT exam.
* Associated topics: cornea, eye, glaucoma, ophthalmolgist, ophthalmology, retina

What Does An Ophthalmic Technician Do At Duke University

* Perform preliminary screening examinations for physician review including, but not limited to, central and peripheral visual field tests; ocular motility tests; color vision tests;pharmacological pupil tests; tonometry, tonography and tensilontonography tests to determine intraocular pressure and pupil testing for size, equality and reaction prior to dilation.
* Examine the cornea, lens and anterior chamber of the eye using a slit lamp and note variations from normal.
* Measure acuity of patient, with and without glasses, for distance and near vision;obtain optical and lensometry measurements to determine lens prescription and correct acuity problems; record findings on patient chart
* Obtain topographical measurements of the eye to include cornealdiameter andcurvature; assist the physician to fit patients with contact lenses andto evaluate lens fit with a bio-microscope; instruct patients on the proper techniques used in caringfor, inserting and wearingcontact lenses.
* Direct the flow of patients examined by an Eye Center physician;obtain medical andpersonal data for patient charts; screen patients for conditionsexcluding ocular examination;arrange for laboratory and other tests, ophthalmic photography,outpatient studies andpatientadmissions and surgery as requested by physician; alleviate patient andfamily concerns byexplaining diagnostic procedures and method of treatment.
* Screen walk-in patients, emergency patients and telephone calls frompatients andreferring physicians to determine appropriate physician and priority ofappointments.
* Work in CallCenter, assist schedulers with patient calls and scheduling ofpatients, ensuring scheduledproperly
* Calibrate and maintain all instruments used including, but notlimited to bio-microscopes, lensometer, keratometer, tangent screen, slit lamp andtonometers; clean and stockconsultation rooms and microbiology laboratory with drugs and othersupplies as needed.
* Sterilize and set up instruments for ophthalmic surgical procedures;assist with minoroffice surgery, laser treatments and operating room surgery asrequired.
* Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein

What Does An Ophthalmic Technician Do At UPMC

* Assist staff and physicians to promote timely and efficient patient flow
* Assist with in office procedures such as lasers or injections as needed.
* 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.
* 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, refraction, 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.
* Obtain test results and patient related correspondence.
* Maintain a pleasant rapport with patients.
* Perform all responsibilities in a manner that demonstrates appropriate behavior toward staff, peers and other departmental personnel as defined in the UPMC/UPP job performance standards

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

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Cantonese

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Serbian

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Arabic

  • Vietnamese

  • Dutch

  • Greek

  • Croatian

  • Chinese

  • Hmong

  • Hebrew

  • Bulgarian

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Top Ophthalmic Technician 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:
  • Performed initial examination of patients and accurately updated medical history.
  • Perform optical coherence tomography with great skill to better diagnosis patients.
  • Check patients' vitals blood pressure, pulse, visual acuity.
  • Perform ocular tension screenings and suture removal, of bilateral lid surgery of patients.
  • Executed approximately over 100 slit lamp examinations to attain anterior angle depths, corneal health and appearance, and applanation tonometry.

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