This individual is responsible for performing an extensive number of data collection functions, as delegated by the physician, to allow for proper professional diagnosis of patients’ conditions.


  • High school diploma; some college preferred.
  • Two to five years experience as an ophthalmic assistant or optician.
  • Valid CPR certification preferred.


  • Demonstrated, advanced comprehension of the ophthalmic assistant skills as outlined by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).
  • Basic understanding of optics and refractometry.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Empathetic personality with concern for patients’ needs.
  • Strong organization with attention to detail.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Demonstrated comprehension of the principles of optics, refraction, and contact lenses.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform comprehensive work ups on three patients per hour.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy.


  1. 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:
      • Visual acuity
      • Manual lensometry
      • Confrontational visual fields
      • Stereo testing
      • Evaluation of motility
      • Pupillary function tests
      • Color plates
      • Applanation tonometry
      • Refractometry
      • Angle assessment
      • Dilation of pupils
      • Contact lens evaluations
      • Visual field testing
      • Optic nerve scanning (i.e. OCT, HRT)
      • Pachymetry
      • Corneal topography
      • Other tasks specific to the physician’s needs as a result of new technologies
    • 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.
  1. Triage
    • Determines which patient should be taken next from the waiting room to have testing initiated.
    • Escorts all patients from the waiting room for data collection.
    • Advises patients as to who will see them following testing and makes patients comfortable during wait.
    • Maintains a smooth flow of patients to the physician, altering the test sequence as required.
    • Provides telephone support regarding ocular emergencies, prescription refills, and patient care questions.
    • Communicates with reception to facilitate proper patient flow.
  1. Instrument Maintenance
    • Troubleshoots instruments as necessary.
    • Replaces bulbs.
    • Checks connections.
    • Performs archiving functions according to manufacturer recommendations.
    • Reports continued difficulty to Clinical Director.
  1. Administrative
    • Seeks advice from more senior staff as necessary, never performing beyond capabilities.
    • Maintains cleanliness in exam and procedure rooms.
    • Maintains back up levels of stock in exam and procedure rooms.
    • Performs other duties as required.
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