Ophthalmic Medical Technologists

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About the Job

Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions and ophthalmic photography. Provide instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel. Assist with minor surgical procedures, applying aseptic techniques and preparing instruments. May perform eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct patients in care and use of corrective lenses.

It is also Called

  • Surgical Coordinator
  • Retinal Angiographer
  • Optometric Technologist
  • Ophthalmology Surgical Technician
  • Ophthalmic Technologist (Ophthalmic Tech)
  • Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Photographer
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technologist
  • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant
  • Ocular Care Technologist
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What They Do

  • Create three-dimensional images of the eye, using computed tomography (CT).
  • Conduct low vision blindness tests.
  • Instruct patients in the care and use of contact lenses.
  • Perform advanced ophthalmic procedures, including electrophysiological, electrophysical, or microbial procedures.
  • Conduct binocular disparity tests to assess depth perception.
  • Call patients to inquire about their post-operative status or recovery.
  • Assess abnormalities of color vision, such as amblyopia.
  • Perform fluorescein angiography of the eye.
  • Supervise or instruct ophthalmic staff.
  • Conduct tests, such as the Amsler Grid test, to measure central visual field used in the early diagnosis of macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diseases of the eye.

Interests

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

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

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

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.

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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

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

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $46,230 with most people making between $27,860 and $66,020

Outlook

1.86%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,360 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,800 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 44 openings due to growth and about 26 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.



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