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Certified Ophthalmic Technician, Full Time, Days

Company: Alameda Health System
Location: Oakland
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Summary

Job Summary

Under close supervision, possesses knowledge and skills in history taking, patient services, instrument maintenance, clinical optics, basic ocular motility, visual fields, intermediate tonometry, contact lenses, ocular pharmacology, and photography. Incumbent assists physicians and other technical support staff to perform diagnostic tests necessary for evaluation of patient eye problems. Performs related duties as required.

Qualifications

Education: High School Diploma or equivalent.

Minimum Experience: One year of relevant experience.

Required Licenses/Certifications: Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

Preferred Licenses/Certifications: Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Certification or coursework working towards a COT.

Knowledge, Skills & Duties

  • Act in an appropriate and professional manner as defined by the company's Standards of Behavior, Policy and Procedures, and Scope of Services.

  • Role model AHS Standards of Behavior.

  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint).

  • Current office administrative practices and procedures.

  • Correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.

  • Use independent judgment and initiative within established policies and procedures.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

  • Advanced general medical knowledge.

  • Knowledge of ophthalmic anesthesia and surgical procedures.

  • Knowledge of ocular medications and their applications.

  • Interpersonal/human relations skills.

  • Ability to perform tasks to which specific procedures apply.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and attentiveness to detail.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English. Bilingual abilities a plus.

Job Responsibilities

  • Performs initial patient exams, which includes: obtaining ocular, medical, and family histories; measuring, comparing, and testing pupils; measuring visual acuity and eye pressures; color vision testing; and manifest/cycloplegic refractions; applies eye dressings.

  • Performs automated and manual testing: corneal topography, autorefraction, contrast sensitivity tests, tonometry, Goldman and Humphrey visual fields, OCT, pachymetry, Farnsworth color vision tests, A-Scan for IOL calculation, B-Scan, ophthalmic photography and using other ophthalmic equipment in the clinic.

  • Provides information to patients concerning procedures and surgery; obtains insurance pre-certifications; verifies surgery schedules; maintains, sterilizes, and sets up instruments for procedures; assists doctors with procedures and patient monitoring.

  • Maintains knowledge of local and topical anesthesia, lachrymal surgery, oculo-plastic surgery, orbital surgery, post-op drugs and their reactions, and prescription medications.

  • 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 corneal diameter and curvature; assist the physician to fit patients with contact lenses and to evaluate lens fit with a bio-microscope; instruct patients on the proper techniques used in caring for, inserting and wearing contact lenses.

  • Calibrate and maintain all instruments used including, but not limited to bio-microscopes, lensometer, keratometer, tangent screen, slit lamp and tonometers; clean and stock consultation rooms and microbiology laboratory with drugs and other supplies as needed.

  • Sterilize and set up instruments for ophthalmic procedures; assist with office procedures and laser treatments.

  • Assist the physician in the preparation of routine microbiological specimens and in various research studies.

  • Assist in coordinating services for patients, e.g., reminder calls, scheduling tests, etc.

  • Other duties as necessary.

Additional Information

Minimum Experience: One year of relevant experience.

Required Licenses/Certifications: Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

Preferred Licenses/Certifications: Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Certification or coursework working towards a COT.

Keywords: Alameda Health System, Oakland , Certified Ophthalmic Technician, Full Time, Days, Other , Oakland, California

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