We are seeking a CO Ophthalmic Technician. This position is located in a satellite office with multiple functions and minimal staff. The job requires multi-tasking in order to complete a variety of tasks. Working with faculty, Clinic Manager and Clinic Supervisor, the Ophthalmic Technician's primary role is to provide technician/clinical support to physicians.
Secondary responsibilities include limited administrative duties such as responding to messages from patients and physicians and assisting with patient requests for refills, forms completion and prior authorizations.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Records patient history including chief complaint, information on ocular history, past surgeries, medical condition, medications taken, allergies, learning assessment, falls risk and family history.
Checks pupil response to light by shining light into eye and watching speed with which pupils constrict; checks for afferent pupillary defect.
Measures central visual field using Amsler Grid.
Instills eye drops under physicians' direction.
Measures and records distance and near visual acuity.
Measures and records intraocular pressure using applanation tonometry (i.e. Goldman tonometer), pneumatic tonometry, icare, or Schiotz-type indentation tonometer.
Performs Humphrey visual field testing; refers patients for further testing where appropriate.
Performs IOL Master measurements to prepare patients for cataract surgery.
Performs Pentacam measurements.
Performs accurate refractions.
Tests color vision, depth perception (stereopsis).
Screens for presence of ocular motility disorders.
Uses slit lamp to examine eye surface.
Performs special testing like Bright field Acuity Testing; potential Acuity Meter; and pachymetry.
Performs basic maintenance or repair of clinical equipment.
Compiles and enters data for clinical studies; may participate in other clinical research projects.
Teaches patients how to insert and remove contact lenses correctly, and proper handling techniques.
Performs ultrasound scans by measuring the axial length of the eye using various A-Scan ultrasound units. Recognizing difficult scans and adjusting unit as needed in patient with high myopia, high hyperopia, poor fixation nystagmus retinal detachments, corneal problems, and intraocular lenses already in place.
Performs accurate keratometry readings adjusting keratometer reading if unobtainable.
Calculates intraocular lens power using various formulas to fit patient's needs and situations, either manually or by computer.
Takes fundus photos as needed.
Assist with in office procedures.
Responsible for exam room supply maintenance.
Ensure medication expiration dates are current.
Responsible for maintaining and sterilization of instruments.
Disinfect and maintain examination rooms.
Understand and practice the fundamentals of microbial control.
Maintains refrigerator logs, sharps container, etc.
Is familiar with JCAHO requirements and ensures clinic practice follows the regulations.
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following
Responsible for epic in-basket messages (clinical support pool) and patient questions.
Process refill requests.
Prior authorizations for upcoming in office procedures.
Prior authorizations for medications.
Provide support to front desk staff by assisting in triage scheduled appointments, respond to patients' clinical questions and explain technician related concerns to front desk staff
Managing and ordering medications for intravitreal injections.
Assist with tracking and processing of forms request (ie MVA, disability, FLMA).
Provide input on templates/schedules to maximize patient flow and physician efficiency.
Maintain general medical knowledge of ocular anatomy and physiology, systemic diseases, ocular diseases and ocular emergencies.
This position is also responsible for other duties as assigned.
High School Diploma or graduation equivalent.
One year experience as an Ophthalmic Technician. Must obtain Certified Ophthalmic Asst (COA) from JCAHPO within 18 months of start date.
CPR certification also required.
Must obtain Certified Ophthalmic Asst (COA) from JCAHPO within 18 months of start date.
Prior experience in a clinical office setting as an ophthalmic technician.
Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Solid knowledge of ocular anatomy (including anterior and posterior portions of eye).
Good working knowledge of ophthalmic medications, and knowledge of allergic reaction to drugs.
Good working knowledge of the following ophthalmic equipment: projector, trial lenses, phoropter, various tonometers, lensometer, slit lamp, Bright Field Acuity Tester, and Potential Acuity Meter.
Working knowledge of ophthalmic photography equipment.
Good working knowledge of medical terminology.
Excellent organization, verbal and written communication skills. Ability to speak clearly and have patients understand language without misinterpretation or confusion.
Professional maturity, appearance and demeanor required.
Ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
Ability to establish priorities.
Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications
Certification: Certification as a COA, COT or COMT required or must be obtained within 18 months of employment
Classified Title: Ophthalmic Technician
Working Title: CO Ophthalmic Technician
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CE Starting Salary Range: $20.54-$30.82 HRLY (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus - Odenton Department name: Odenton Practice Ophthalmology Personnel area: School of Medicine
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