An ophthalmology technician assists ophthalmologists in more ways than one. He or she is hired to provide both clinical and administrative support to an ophthalmology clinic or concern, and is responsible for the successful operations of both.
Typically, it is the duty of an individual working at this position to provide eye doctors with all the support that they need in order to check patients and perform procedures.
Education & Skills Requirements
A high school diploma or a GED is usually sufficient to work as an ophthalmology technician. Prior experience in the field will of course go a long way in making you a good candidate to hire. If you have had some exposure to working in a dedicated eye care facility, your chances of being hired increase manifold.
Working at this position means that you need to know much about the work, including surgical procedures and testing processes. Most of your training will be done on the job. You will need to be a quick learner, and have it in you to be able to work on your feet for long hours.
Most ophthalmology concerns require technicians to possess some knowledge of running and calibrating ophthalmology equipment. Since you will be working in an assistantship capacity, it is imperative that you possess some understanding of how things work, and to handle malfunctions when they arise.
• Greet patients as they arrive at the facility and check their appointment statuses.
• Schedule patients for appointments over the telephone and in person.
• Provide patients with information on what to expect during each testing or surgical procedure.
• Prepare patients for procedures and processes, and assist the ophthalmologist by providing him or her with
• Assist in the examination and treatment of patients, and preparing appropriate equipment and instruments.
• Assist in refractive and diagnostic procedures, including manifest refractions, auto-refractions, and corneal
• Conduct vision screening tests, such as visual acuity, color vision, tonometry, and pupil exams.
• Provide support with clinical procedures pertaining to different types of surgeries and examinations.
• Assist in contact lens cleaning procedures and dispensing medication, and instruct patients in the correct
care of their glasses and lenses.
• Create and maintain liaison with suppliers to ensure timely and accurate delivery of ophthalmology equipment
• Perform both preventative and regular maintenance on ophthalmology equipment.
• Create and maintain patients’ records and procedural outcomes according to facility protocol.