Optometric Assistant

Perform tasks to assist Optometrists.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $65,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Optometric Assistants do?

Performs any combination of following tasks to assist OPTOMETRIST 079.101-018: Obtains and records patient’s preliminary case history. Maintains records, schedules appointments, performs bookkeeping, correspondence, and filing. Prepares patient for vision examination; assists in testing for near and far acuity, depth perception, macula integrity, color perception, and visual field, utilizing ocular testing apparatus. Instructs patient in care and use of glasses or contact lenses. Works with patient in vision therapy. Assists patient in frame selection. Adjusts and repairs glasses. Modifies contact lenses. Maintains inventory of materials and cleans instruments. Assists in fabrication of eye glasses or contact lenses.


Should I be an Optometric Assistant?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Assistant-at-Surgery, Certified First Assistant, CFA, First Assistant, Paraoptometric, Pediatric Associate

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