Ophthalmic Medical Technologists

Health Science > Diagnostic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

11700+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions and ophthalmic photography. Provide instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel. Assist with minor surgical procedures, applying aseptic techniques and preparing instruments. May perform eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct patients in care and use of corrective lenses.

Common job titles of Ophthalmic Medical Technologists include:
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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.

  • 48.15% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 11.11% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

Tasks

    Calculate corrections for refractive errors.

    Take and document patients' medical histories.

    Take anatomical or functional ocular measurements, such as axial length measurements, of the eye or surrounding tissue.

    Collect ophthalmic measurements or other diagnostic information, using ultrasound equipment, such as A-scan ultrasound biometry or B-scan ultrasonography equipment.

    Assess refractive condition of eyes, using retinoscope.

    Supervise or instruct ophthalmic staff.

    Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles.

    Conduct tests, such as the Amsler Grid test, to measure central visual field used in the early diagnosis of macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diseases of the eye.

    Clean or sterilize ophthalmic or surgical instruments.

    Photograph patients' eye areas, using clinical photography techniques, to document retinal or corneal defects.

    Measure corneal curvature with keratometers or ophthalmometers to aid in the diagnosis of conditions, such as astigmatism.

    Measure corneal thickness, using pachymeter or contact ultrasound methods.

    Conduct visual field tests to measure field of vision.

    Measure and record lens power, using lensometers.

    Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications.

    Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.

    Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.

    Maintain ophthalmic instruments or equipment.

    Assist physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures, including surgery.

    Measure the thickness of the retinal nerve, using scanning laser polarimetry techniques to aid in diagnosis of glaucoma.

    Perform slit lamp biomicroscopy procedures to diagnose disorders of the eye, such as retinitis, presbyopia, cataracts, or retinal detachment.

    Create three-dimensional images of the eye, using computed tomography (CT).

    Conduct low vision blindness tests.

    Call patients to inquire about their post-operative status or recovery.

    Perform fluorescein angiography of the eye.

    Conduct binocular disparity tests to assess depth perception.

    Assess abnormalities of color vision, such as amblyopia.

    Instruct patients in the care and use of contact lenses.

    Perform advanced ophthalmic procedures, including electrophysiological, electrophysical, or microbial procedures.

Tools

Wavefront aberrometers

Visual acuity cards

Titmus vision screeners

Tangent screens

Stereo vision tests

Steam autoclaves

Specular microscopes

All Tools

Snellen eye charts

Scanning laser ophthalmoscopes

Retinal tomography machines

Potential acuity meters

Phoroptors

Personal computers

Optokinetic drums

Optical coherence tomography OCT scanners

Ophthalmoscopes

Ophthalmic tonometers

Ophthalmic tonographers

Ophthalmic syringes

Ophthalmic slit lamps

Ophthalmic retinoscopes

Ophthalmic perimeters

Ocular transilluminators

Naugle exophthalmometers

Millimeter rules

Manual pupillometers

Manual lensometers

Manual blood pressure cuffs

Maddox rods

Luedde exophthalmometers

Laser facsimile machines

Jaeger lid plates

Hertel exophthalmometers

Handheld occluders

Fundus cameras

Eye chart projectors

Electroretinogram equipment

Digital pupillometers

Corneal topographers

Corneal pachymeters

Combination refractor keratometers

Color blindness tests

Brightness acuity testers

Bio-microscopes

B-Scan biometers

Autorefractors

Automated lensometers

Amsler grids

A-scan biometers

Technologies

AcuityPro

EyeMD EMR

ezChartWriter

iChartPlus

Medflow Complete

MediPro Medisoft Clinical

NaviNet Open

Skills

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.

Speaking

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.

Critical Thinking

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

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Abilities

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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