Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

conventional interests patient retinoscopes clinical functions medical equipment information administer eye exams customer contact lenses

Certified Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant, Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT), Ophthalmic Assistant, Ophthalmic Tech (Ophthalmic Technician)

Where in the military? Select a military branch to see samples.
Aerospace Medical Service; Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice, Independent Duty Medical Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Independent Duty Medical Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Independent Duty Medical Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Independent Duty Medical Technician; Dental Assistant Craftsman; Health Services Management; Health Services Management Journeyman; Ophthalmic Apprentice, Ophthalmology; Ophthalmic Journeyman
Eye Specialist; Medical Service Corps Officer; Optometry; Unit Supply Specialist
Health Services Technician; Medical Administration Specialty
No similar titles were found.
Hospital Corpsman; Opthalmic Surgical Technician; Optician; Optometrist
No similar titles were found.
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:
  • Take and document patients' medical histories.
  • Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
  • Operate ophthalmic equipment, such as autorefractors, phoropters, tomographs, or retinoscopes.



  • customer service


  • medicine and dentistry

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others


  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Medical software

  • EyeMD EMR Healthcare Systems EyeMD EMR
  • NaviNet Open


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

Get started on your career:

Find Training

Job Outlook

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Local Salary Info
Find Jobs
See more details at O*NET OnLine about ophthalmic medical technicians.