Ophthalmic Technician

Run tests to help Ophthalmologists diagnose eye problems.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $65,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Ophthalmic Technicians do?

As an Ophthalmic Technician you will work with Ophthalmologists (also known as Eye Doctors) to improve the sight of patients. These patients can come in with a variety of issues, ranging from eye pain to more serious sight problems.

As an Ophthalmic Technician, you serve as a support for the Doctor. Your responsibilities are more complex than those of the Ophthalmic Assistant. More specifically, as the Ophthalmic Technician, you are tasked with taking eye measurements, conducting diagnostic tests, explaining procedures, and helping with surgery. It’s your job to record everything that happens during a patient’s visit, including information like tests done, results found, diagnoses the Doctor comes up with, and medicines prescribed.

You start each session with a patient by writing down their medical history. You record information like allergies, previous health problems, or medicines being taken. Then you get basic information on their eyesight. You test them for color blindness, and check how well they can see. This information prepares the Doctor and allows them to quickly zero in on the patient’s problem.

After the Doctor makes a diagnosis, you might talk with the patient to explain types of exercises that strengthen the eye, educate them about the correct way to wear contact lenses, or instruct them on how much and for how long medicine should be used. You also explain how to care for glasses, or generally answer any remaining questions they may have.

Should I be an Ophthalmic Technician?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician, Certified Ophthalmic Technician See More

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