Health Technicians (Ophthalmology) have a higher responsibility for support Ophthalmologists in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, follow-up care and patient counseling. The Health Technician performs a range of standard, but complex, diagnostic procedures, assists during clinic-based surgical procedures, educates patients and legal representatives, assists with the education of medical students and residents. May perform direct patient care services under the supervision of Ophthalmologists. The duties and responsibilities of the Health Technician (Ophthalmology) are expected to perform a range of standard, but complex diagnostic procedures with responsibility for checking calibration of instruments prior to the procedure, obtaining patient physical history, to include chief complaint; reason for visit; pertinent signs/symptoms; past history both ocular and general; family history both ocular and general; social history; and review of medications and allergies, including current ocular prescription and non-prescription medications. Additional duties and responsibilities are expected, accurately tests visual acuity at distance and near, with and without correction or with and without pinhole; measures eyeglass prescription using manual or automated lensometer, recording sphere, cylinder, axis, and prism in both plus and minus cylinder, pupil evaluation recording pupil size, shape, symmetry, reaction to light and accommodation, and any abnormalities, including relative afferent pupillary defect. Major duties included but not limited to; Instills eye medications (drop or ointments, including anesthetic, dye, dilating drops, cycloplegic drops, or antibiotics). Measures intraocular pressure with standard techniques, including iCare Tonometer, Tonopen, and Goldman applanation tonometry. Performs pachymetry to determine corneal thickness and manual keratometry or automated topography to determine corneal curvature. Performs intra-ocular lens calculations using an IOL Master or equivalent device. Performs automated visual field testing using various perimetry machines. Performs external photographs and fundus photography. Performs patient screening and triage of potentially urgent ocular conditions. Assists during clinic based ophthalmic surgery, including revision of wounds, biopsies of the eyelid lesions, cultures of conjunctiva, or cornea; reformation of anterior chamber, evacuation of hyphemia, and laser surgical procedures. Assists in the education and training of medical students, residents and fellows in those facilities with medical school affiliations. Ensures proper cleaning and disinfection; calibration, maintenance, backup, annual inventory and ordering of instruments, supplies and equipment; obtains quotes as needed; and reports needed repairs to biomedical engineering. Frames selection and measurement. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Telework: On AD-HOC basis only.
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