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Certified Ophthalmic Assistant needed for a contract position,M-F 8:30-5 in Boston starting ASAP.
Job Description: Under general supervision, performs duties of a clinical assistant/technician specializing in anatomy, function and diseases of the eye. Facilitates patient care by performing the preliminary work up of the patient, including obtaining all past medical records and performing preliminary eye function testing needed for the clinician to diagnose and treat eye conditions. Completes all of the basic testing and some of the more advanced visual testing required to support clinicians. Conducts diagnostic tests, measures and records vision and assesses pupillary and eye muscle function. Technicians with NCLE certification show patients how to insert, remove, and take care of their contact lenses. Applies eye dressings. Under the direction of the physician, may administer eye medications and maintain optical and surgical instruments. Is educated in sterile technique and may assist the ophthalmologist in surgery. May provide functional leadership to the other assistants, develop clinical protocols with input from others, and provide training as needed.
High school degree (or equivalent education, training or experience) required. Certification as an
Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in
Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) as indicated by the most recent certification requirements for positions
within Ophthalmology or by the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) as contact lens
technician for positions within Optometry required. Certification as an Ophthalmic Technician
(COT) is desirable.
Skills and experience typically acquired through 2-3 years of experience with COA or 1-2 years of
experience with COT working in an ophthalmic/optometric practice setting and knowledge of basic
visual testing and certification required. Must have basic proficiency in diagnostic and treatment
procedures, including visual field testing, contact lenses, and ophthalmic surgery. Should have
general medical knowledge and be proficient in history taking. When working in a contact lens
practice knowledge of and previous experience in patient education regarding the use of contact lens