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Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

Also called: Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician, Certified Ophthalmic Technician, Ophthalmic Technician

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps.

What they do:
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.
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.
  • Take and document patients' medical histories.


  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • medicine and dentistry
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


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


  • 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


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
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Self Control


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: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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