Ophthalmic Technician, Eye Center

North Carolina, United States
26 May 2019
End of advertisement period
26 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

General Description

Under close supervision assist an Eye Center physician and other technical support personnel to perform diagnostic tests necessary for evaluation of patient eye problems.

Job Duties

  1. Record patient chief complaint and HPI
  2. Measure visual acuity of patient, with and without glasses, for distance and near vision.  Perform refractometry
  3. Obtain optical and lensometry measurements to determine lens prescription
  4. Measure central and peripheral visual field tests;
  5. Extra-Ocular Motility
  6. Simple color vision tests
  7. Assessment of pupils; equality and reaction prior to dilation
  8. Indentation and applantation tonometry tests to determine intraocular pressure
  9. Examine the cornea, lens, and anterior chamber of the eye using a slit lamp and note variations from normal.
  10. Instillation of Eye Drops
  11. May assist with patient contact lens insertion and removal training
  12. Depending on clinic environment perform and learn diagnostic testing including but not limited to… OCT, HVF, GVF, Fundus photography, Topography, Pachymetry, IOL Measurements
  13. Depending on clinic environment perform HLD and sterilization of instruments as needed
  14. Maintains physical environment of exam and procedure rooms.
  15. Calibration, maintenance, and monitoring of equipment
  16. Assists with ordering medical/office supplies
  17. Assists with appointments and telephone call screening activities. Answers phones, takes messages and relays to appropriate individuals.
  18. Under direction of physician, may call pharmacy with prescription refills
  19. Participate in own professional development by maintaining required competencies, identifying learning needs and seeking appropriate assistance or educational offerings. Supports the development of other staff and formal learners.
  20. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein
  21. Assist in preparation of retinal injections
  22. Reconstitute pharmaceutical medications
  23. Able to function as Joint Commission Liaison or Infection Prevention Liaison
  24. Assist in professional development of OAs and COAs

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Able to independently seek out resources and work collaboratively
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Able to communicate clearly with patients, families, visitors, healthcare team, physicians, administrators, leadership and others
  • Able to teach patients and families in accordance with the plan of care
  • Able to use sensory and cognitive functions to process and prioritize information, treatment, and follow-up
  • Able to use fine motor skills
  • Able to record activities, document assessments, plan of care, interventions, evaluation and re-evaluation of patient status
  • Able to use computer and learn new software programs
  • Able to navigate the entity to provide clinical care for patients
  • Able to withstand prolonged standing and walking
  • Able to remain focused and organized
  • Working knowledge of procedures and techniques involved in administering routine and special treatments to patients
  • Working knowledge of infection control procedures and safety precautions
  • Working knowledge and completion of appropriate JCAHO and other regulatory requirements

Education Requirements/Preferences

Work requires an education background generally equivalent to a high school education.

Experience Requirements/Preferences

Work requires certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) AND 2 years of directly related experience working for an Ophthalmologist OR completion of a Certified Ophthalmic Technician Training Program

Licensure/Certification Requirements

Work requires certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
Must have BLS Certification

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work under time pressures in a busy clinic/office environment.
  • Must be present on site for 8 hour shifts during standard business hours.
  • Must participate in group activities requiring interpersonal skills & cooperation.
  • Must work as late person when scheduled or according to business needs
  • Must be able to react quickly and immediately respond to emergencies.
  • Must travel between locations on needed basis.
  • Must be able to handle multiple assignments, conflicting demands & priorities.
  • Must maintain attention to detail over extended period of time.
  • Must be continually aware of variations in changing situations.
  • Must be able to move throughout office environment throughout day.
  • Must be able to reach for objects by extending arms.

Location Durham


Job Family Level D3

Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary Regular

Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires completion of Ophthalmic Technician training and certification as a certified Ophthalmic Technician by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).


None required above education/training requirement OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

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