Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

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About the Job

Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions. May administer eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses.

It is also Called

  • Surgical Coordinator
  • Retinal Angiographer
  • Paraoptometric
  • Optometric Technician
  • Ophthalmology Technician
  • Ophthalmology Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Technician
  • Ophthalmic Photographer
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technician
  • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant
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What They Do

  • Adjust or make minor repairs to spectacles or eyeglasses.
  • Assist patients to select eyewear.
  • Call patients to inquire about their post-operative status or recovery.
  • Assist patients to insert or remove contact lenses.
  • Assess refractive conditions of eyes, using retinoscopes.
  • Instruct patients in the care and use of contact lenses.
  • Conduct binocular disparity tests to assess depth perception.
  • Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles.
  • Maintain ophthalmic instruments or equipment.
  • Assist physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures, including surgery.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CSR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Social and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $37,350 with most people making between $26,710 and $49,150


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,130 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,260 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 13 openings due to growth and about 17 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.

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