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Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Take and document patients' medical histories.
    • Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
    • Operate ophthalmic equipment, such as autorefractors, phoropters, tomographs, or retinoscopes.
    • Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
    • Take anatomical or functional ocular measurements of the eye or surrounding tissue, such as axial length measurements.
    • Measure and record lens power, using lensometers.
    • Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
    • Conduct visual field tests to measure field of vision.
    • Assist physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures, including surgery.
    • Measure corneal curvature with keratometers or ophthalmometers to aid in the diagnosis of conditions, such as astigmatism.
    • Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles.
    • Clean or sterilize ophthalmic or surgical instruments.
    • Maintain ophthalmic instruments or equipment.
    • Instruct patients in the care and use of contact lenses.
    • Assess refractive conditions of eyes, using retinoscopes.
    • Call patients to inquire about their post-operative status or recovery.
    • Assist patients to insert or remove contact lenses.
    • Conduct binocular disparity tests to assess depth perception.
    • Adjust or make minor repairs to spectacles or eyeglasses.
    • Assist patients to select eyewear.

    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.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • 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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 37630/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.09/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,230
    • Yearly Projected Openings 210

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    Personality

    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Ultrasonic examination equipment
    • Opticians tools or accessories
    • Eye charts or vision cards
    • Exophthalmometers
    • Chart projectors or accessories

    Technology

    • Presentation software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Internet browser software
    • Electronic mail software

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