Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Wavefront aberrometers

Visual acuity cards

Titmus vision screeners

Tangent screens

Stereo vision tests

Steam autoclaves

All Tools

Snipe nose pliers

Snellen eye charts


Retinal tomography machines

Potential acuity meters


Personal computers

Optokinetic drums

Optical screwdrivers

Optical interferometers

Optical coherence tomography OCT scanners


Ophthalmic tonometers

Ophthalmic tonographers

Ophthalmic syringes

Ophthalmic slit lamps

Ophthalmic perimeters

Ocular transilluminators

Naugle exophthalmometers

Millimeter rules

Manual pupillometers

Manual lensometers

Manual blood pressure cuffs

Maddox rods

Luedde exophthalmometers

Loose prisms

Laser facsimile machines

Jaeger lid plates

Hertel exophthalmometers

Handheld occluders

Fundus cameras

Flat nose pliers

Eye chart projectors

Digital pupillometers

Corneal topographers

Corneal pachymeters

Combination refractor keratometers

Color blindness tests

Brightness acuity testers


B-Scan biometers


Automated lensometers

Amsler grids

A-scan biometers






Medflow Complete

NaviNet Open


Active Listening

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.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Reading Comprehension

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.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning

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

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