Under the direct supervision of the Chief Ophthalmic Technician and Service Director/Manager, the Ophthalmic Assistant is responsible for performing preliminary patient workups, diagnostic testing and/or any other clinical tasks.
Upon training, the ophthalmic assistant may be required to perform any of the following tasks:
Initial patient screening by documenting the chief complaint, review of systems (ROS), ocular, family, social and medical history, pain assessment, patient medication list, allergies; obtaining visual acuity, automated refraction and keratometry, lensometry, confrontational visual field, pupil and extraocular muscle assessment, tonometry, manifest refraction, Brightness Acuity Test (BAT); performing additional ophthalmic tests including but not limited to color vision and stereo testing, Amsler grid, shirmers/zone-quick and pachymetry as requested by the provider.
Perform ophthalmic diagnostic testing as ordered by the ophthalmologists including but not limited to perimetry, corneal topography, anterior, posterior segment and external photography, dark adaptation/MAIA, optical biometry.
Note: Each subspecialty of ophthalmology may require the ophthalmic assistant to perform some, if not all of the tasks listed above the competencies below will define those tasks .
Upon training, the ophthalmic assistant is required to know the basics of ocular anatomy and physiology, common ocular diseases/conditions and ocular pharmacology
Uncertified OAs are not eligible to instill any eye drops until they have completed 1,000 clinical hours requirement for eligibility to sit for the COA examination. Uncertified assistants will be trained and learn to identify all types of diagnostic eye drops, on proper handling and instillation techniques and to accurately document in patient electronic medical records. OAs will be trained and capable of assessing the depth of the anterior chamber and recognizing any possible contraindication for instillation of mydratic or cycloplegic drops.
Proper handling and transport of medication used in the clinics.
Measure and record vital signs: blood pressure, heart rate and pulse
Maintains adequate medical/ophthalmic supplies in exam and testing rooms.
Properly cleans instruments, equipment and exam/testing rooms in accordance to hospital infection control standards.
Ensures that equipment is in proper working order and notifies the appropriate personnel if a problem is identified.
Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide services appropriate to the patients' age, mental and physical needs.
Attends all annual in-service/trainings as required.
Complies with all state, federal and local regulations and laws governing the performance of this position
Adheres to all hospital policies and procedures including HIPPA and patient and employee confidentiality
Demonstrates knowledge and compliance with Infection Control/Joint Commission/Department of Public Health (DPH) standards.
Performs all other duties required to assist in/and or ensure the delivery of complete ophthalmic care and treatment of patients.
High school diploma or equivalent PLUS experience in an ophthalmic or health care related setting. JCAHPO certification required within first year of hire.
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