Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions. May administer eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses.
Common job titles of Ophthalmic Medical Technicians include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
43.48% said they needed a High School Diploma.
30.43% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
Maintain ophthalmic instruments or equipment.
Take and document patients' medical histories.
Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
Conduct visual field tests to measure field of vision.
Assess refractive conditions of eyes, using retinoscopes.
Operate ophthalmic equipment, such as autorefractors, phoropters, tomographs, or retinoscopes.
Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
Measure and record lens power, using lensometers.
Take anatomical or functional ocular measurements of the eye or surrounding tissue, such as axial length measurements.
Measure corneal curvature with keratometers or ophthalmometers to aid in the diagnosis of conditions, such as astigmatism.
Clean or sterilize ophthalmic or surgical instruments.
Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles.
Conduct binocular disparity tests to assess depth perception.
Instruct patients in the care and use of contact lenses.
Assist physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures, including surgery.
Assist patients to select eyewear.
Call patients to inquire about their post-operative status or recovery.
Assist patients to insert or remove contact lenses.
Adjust or make minor repairs to spectacles or eyeglasses.
Wide jaw angling pliers
Visual acuity cards
Titmus vision screeners
Stereo vision tests
Steam autoclavesAll Tools
Snipe nose pliers
Snellen eye charts
Retinal tomography machines
Potential acuity meters
Optical coherence tomography OCT scanners
Ophthalmic slit lamps
Manual blood pressure cuffs
Laser facsimile machines
Jaeger lid plates
Flat nose pliers
Eye chart projectors
Combination refractor keratometers
Color blindness tests
Brightness acuity testers
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.