Title:  Ophthalmic Technician III

Division:  Ophthalmology
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $41,601 - $53,500
FLSA Status:  Nonexempt
Requisition ID:  7809


Ophthalmic technicians provide support to ophthalmologists and optometrists within the clinical environment. Ophthalmic technicians are able to perform many ophthalmic diagnostic tests and assessments for providers, triage patient messages, and assist with in-clinic procedures. Ophthalmic technicians should possess excellent critical thinking skills, excellent clinical skills, be able to multi-task, and have excellent customer service skills.

Job Purpose

Performs a variety of ophthalmic diagnostic tests on patients.

Job Duties

  • Assists with the following tests/assessments within an ophthalmology practice. 
  • Obtains a thorough medical history from the patient. 
  • Assesses patients visual acuity, both near and far vision. 
  • Performs manual lensometry on patient's glasses. 
  • Assess patient's refractive error by performing a manifest refraction. 
  • Assess patient's intraocular pressure by performing Goldmann tonometry. 
  • Assess patient for pupillary defects. 
  • Assess patient's color vision. 
  • Assess patient's visual field with confrontation testing.
  • Assess patient's extraocular muscle functioning. 
  • Assess patient's angles so that dilation can be performed safely.  
  • Dilates patient in accordance with provider instructions for type of exam.
  • Responds to patients' messages in a timely manner. 
  • Assists call center and/or triage technician with getting emergent/urgent patients added into clinic based on symptoms. 
  • Prepares pre-operative paperwork and assessments that are needed for upcoming surgeries. 
  • Works with front desk to ensure that message boards are update with any current delays in clinic. 
  • Completes forms for pre-authorization requests by insurance companies for certain prescribed medications. 
  • Ensures that exam rooms are stocked and cleaned in accordance with departmental and BCM guidelines. 
  • Attends CME courses to maintain and enhance ophthalmic technician skills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Three years of relevant experience.
  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA), Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT), or Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician (COMT) by the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

Preferred Qualifications

  • College degree either AA, BS or BA.
  • 2 years working as an ophthalmic assistant or ophthalmic technician within an ophthalmology practice.





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