Under the supervision of the Clinic Manager, the Ophthalmic Assistant will assist ophthalmologist and optometrists by performing a variety of basic technical procedures and tests as directed by the physicians. Tasks performed include, preparing patients for examinations, screening patients, documenting medical information within the electronic medical record, and assisting the ophthalmologists and optometrists during the examination.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Tests and measures patient's acuity, peripheral vision, depth perception, pupils, focus, ocular movement, muscle balance and color vision testing as requested by physician.
  • Performs lensometry, manual and automated measurement of refractive error, and external photography, measurement and placement of prisms, etc.
  • Measures intraocular pressure of eyes, using glaucoma test.
  • Measures axial length of eye, using ultrasound equipment.
  • Measures visual field of eye, using the Humphrey visual field machine.
  • Examines eye for abnormalities of cornea and anterior or posterior chambers, using slit lamp.
  • Applies drops to anesthetize, dilate, or medicate eyes.
  • Instructs patient in eye care and use of glasses or contact lenses.
  • Instructs patient in vision therapy, using eye exercises.
  • Obtains and records patient's preliminary case history.
  • Maintains inventory of materials and cleans instruments.
  • Documents information correctly in EMR.
  • Ability to perform minor procedures and assist the doctor in other tasks as necessary.
  • Utilizes proper sterilization techniques.
  • Knowledge of current procedural terminology (CPT), coding and reimbursement guidelines.
  • Ability to perform OCT, corneal topography, external & fundus photography, fluorescein angiography preferred but not required.
  • Practices OSHA safety standards and follows facility and OSHA safety rules and procedures while on assignment.
  • Upholds HIPPA regulations.
  • Performs other position-related duties as assigned.
  • Comply with MCOA policies and procedures and department guidelines.

Other Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  1. Strong communication skills with the ability to interact with physicians/staff/patients.
  2. Knowledge of current procedural terminology (CPT), coding and reimbursement guidelines.
  3. Ability to perform OCT, corneal topography, external & fundus photography, fluorescein angiography preferred but not required.
  4. Working experience with computer software systems.
  5. Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.
  6. Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  7. Effective problem solving skills.
  8. Flexible schedule to accommodate day, evening and weekend training.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Required:

  1. High school education or equivalent with two years or more of clinical experience and or occupational experience as an Ophthalmic Assistant.
  2. Certification through JCAHPO (Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology) as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) is preferred