The Department of Ophthalmology is seeking a full time Ophthalmic Technician for JH Wilmer Clinic in Bethesda, MD. The Ophthalmic Technician will work under broad guidelines, with a high level of independence, will assist the Ophthalmologist with patient care by performing ophthalmic testing as outlined below.
Obtain and concisely record an accurate patient history
Past ocular history
Allergies and drug reactions
Basic skills and lensometry
Measure visual acuity at distance and near utilizing test appropriate for age and education, and records accurately
Perform pinhole testing when indicated
Perform and record contrast sensitivity
Perform Ishihara or HRR color vision testing
Accurately measure and record current lens power with a lensometer
Perform and record exophthalmometry
Perform and record Amsler grid
Perform and record Schirmer testing
Evaluate pupillary reactions, including afferent pupillary defect
Estimate anterior chamber depth
Able to properly operate common non-automated and automated ophthalmic equipment including, but not limited to: IOL Master, Orb-scan, bright field acuity testing (BAT), potential acuity meter (PAM), autorefractor, corneal pachymetry, Humphrey visual field, Goldmann visual field, OCT, HRT, Lenstar
Apply proper ocular dressings and shields
Follow divisional protocols for eye drop instillation, including cycloplegics and topical anesthetics
Properly instill eye drops
Label newly opened bottles with expiration dates
Understand the indications / contraindications for use in dilation, measure interpupillary distances, evaluate spectacle fit
Properly assist physically or visually disabled patients
Adhere to regulations regarding drug samples and drug sample logs
Perform accurate Goldmann applanation tonometry and properly disinfect the tonometer
Perform accurate Tono-pen tonometry and properly disinfect and store the tonometer
Perform accurate Eye Care tonometry
Understand the principals of scleral rigidity and the factors that alter intraocular pressure
Perform routine instrument maintenance on all ophthalmic equipment
Stock examination rooms in assigned area and ensure medication expiration dates are current
Disinfect and maintain examination rooms
General Medical Knowledge
Maintain current CPR certification
Understand basic ocular anatomy and physiology, systemic diseases, ocular diseases and ocular emergencies
Understand and practice the fundamentals of microbial control
Must complete currently required JHMI courses, such as
Self-learning educational packets
Conflict of Interest
Complete Annual Review paperwork in a timely manner
Complete training in software such as Epic, POE, TAP, Forum, Oculab, Allscripts
Assist physician chair side as a scribe
Possible additional duties and responsibilities
Surgical assisting with minor outpatient procedures; basic instrument care
Perform basic slit lamp evaluation of anterior chamber depth
Measure axial length with A-scan biometry
Perform protocol refractometry or other testing for clinical trials
Instruct patients in contact lens care, insertion and removal
High School Diploma or GED and One year of experience required. Must obtain COA Certification within 18 months of hire. Must maintain certification while employed at Wilmer. Failure to obtain/maintain certification might result in termination of employment at Wilmer.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities: Mathematics: able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, fraction, decimals, addition and subtraction of positive and negative numbers
Language: able to comprehend simple instructions and short correspondence. Able to create simple correspondence. Able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to patients and other employees
Reasoning: able to comprehend and execute instructions. Able to manage situations with more than one variable
Additional Skills Familiarity with the operation of computers.
Familiarity with ophthalmic and general medical terminology
Ability to enter information into the computer system
Any specific physical requirements for the job:
Must be able to remain in stationary position for 50% of the time
Ability to move about to escort patients to the exam rooms and different departments, gather and replace supplies, and stock rooms
Constantly positions self to adjust ophthalmic equipment in order to perform exams
Ability to manipulate extremely small objects
The person in this position frequently communicates with patients .Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations
Ability to safely utilize various types of Ophthalmic Equipment to directly contact the patients eye
Occasionally lifts and transports supplies up to 20 lbs
Ability to concentrate on instruments and other visual stimuli
Observation of and rapid reaction to changeable situations
This is a Required Attendance position. In the event of unexpected university closings including inclement weather, the employee in this position is required to report to work and/or remain at work
Starting Salary Range: $18.12-$24.92
Employee Group: Full Time
Schedule: M – F, 40 hours
Employee Subgroup: Non-Exempt
Department Name: Ophthalmology
Work Location: Wilmer at Bethesda, MD.
Personnel area: School of Medicine
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