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Ophthalmic Medical Technologists

Also called: Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT), Ophthalmic Medical Technologist, Ophthalmic Technologist (Ophthalmic Tech)

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
  • Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
  • Collect ophthalmic measurements or other diagnostic information, using ultrasound equipment, such as A-scan ultrasound biometry or B-scan ultrasonography equipment.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • AcuityPro VisionScience Software
  • EyeMD EMR
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$40,700
per year, on average
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