Certified Ophthalmic Assistant *Sign-on Bonus Eligible at Mass. Eye and Ear (MEE)

Posted in Other 2 days ago.

Location: Woburn, Massachusetts

Job Description:

Mass Eye and Ear

Massachusetts Eye and Ear is an international center for treatment and home to the world's largest vision and hearing research centers. Mass. Eye and Ear clinicians are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck. Internationally acclaimed since its founding in 1824, Mass. Eye and Ear employs full-time, board-certified physicians who offer high quality and affordable specialty care that ranges from the routine to the very complex.

Mass. Eye and Ear is a member of Mass General Brigham and a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. In conjunction with Harvard Medical School, Mass. Eye and Ear is committed to the education of future health care professionals, as well as the education of the public concerning the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the diseases in its specialties and concerning the rehabilitation of patients handicapped by these diseases. In order to provide the highest quality of contemporary care and even better care in the future, Mass. Eye and Ear conducts laboratory and clinical research in its areas of specialty. Mass. Eye and Ear recognizes its obligation to serve as a source of excellence in patient care, teaching, and research in Massachusetts, the United States, and the world.

Full-time; 40 hours per week


Under the direct supervision of the Chief Ophthalmic Technician and Service Director/Manager, the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) is responsible for performing preliminary patient workups, diagnostic testing and/or any other clinical tasks.


  • Upon training, the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) 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), Potential Acuity Meter (PAM); performing additional ophthalmic tests including but not limited to color vision and stereo testing, Amsler grid, shirmers/zone-quick, covard 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.

  • Set up and assist in medical lasers, refractive lasers, plastics/minor office procedures, cryo procedure and injections.

    Note: Each subspecialty of ophthalmology may require the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant to perform some, if not all of the tasks listed above. The competencies below will define those tasks.

  • The Certified Ophthalmic Assistant is required to know basic ocular anatomy and physiology, ocular diseases/conditions and ocular pharmacology as defined by JCAHPO standards for the COA level of certification.

  • Proper identification and instillation of diagnostic eye drops on patients per MDs standardized order sets.

  • 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.

  • Provides cross coverage to other services/locations in the ophthalmology department as needed.

  • 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.

  • Qualifications


    Current JCAHPO certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) PLUS at least one year experience in a supervised setting as an ophthalmic assistant. Exceptions may be granted to individuals that have completed a formal JCAHPO approved, ophthalmic medical personnel training school or program


    • Clinical patient areas


    • Ability to assist patients from wheelchairs into examination chairs and to transport patients via wheelchair

    • Ability to assist elderly or visually impaired patient

    We are offering a $1,000 sign on bonus for new hires who start in this certified role by December 31, 2021. The bonus will be paid out in two $500 installments, after 90 days of successful employment and after 12 months of successful employment.

    EEO Statement

    EEO Statement:

    Mass General Brigham is an Equal Opportunity Employer & by embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law.
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