Ophthalmic Technician Assistant
Starting Salary Range: $16.10-$22.12
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M - F, 40
Exempt Status: Salaried Non-exmt
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus
Department name: 10003316-SOM Oph Uveitis
Personnel area: School of Medicine
With close supervision and instruction, will learn to assist the Ophthalmologist with patient care by performing ophthalmic testing as outlined below.
- Obtain and concisely record an accurate patient history:
- Chief complaint
- Past ocular history
- Family history
- Systemic illnesses
- Allergies and drug reactions
- Social history
- Basic skills and lensometry
- Measure visual acuity at distance and near utilizing test appropriate for age and education, and records accurately.
- Perform pinhole testing when indicated.
- Perform and record contrast sensitivity.
- Perform Ishihara or HRR color vision testing.
- Accurately measure and record current lens power with a lensometer.
- Perform and record exophthalmometry.
- Perform and record Amsler grid.
- Perform and record Schirmer testing.
- Evaluate pupillary reactions, including afferent pupillary defect.
- Estimate anterior chamber depth.
- Able to properly operate common non-automated and automated ophthalmic equipment including, but not limited to: IOL Master, Orb-scan, bright field acuity testing (BAT), potential acuity meter (PAM), autorefractor, corneal pachymetry, Humphrey visual field, Goldmann visual field, OCT, HRT, Lenstar.
- Apply proper ocular dressings and shields.
- Follow divisional protocols for eye drop instillation, including cycloplegics and topical anesthetics.
- Properly instill eye drops
- Label newly opened bottles with expiration dates.
- Understand the indications / contraindications for use in dilation,
- Measure interpupillary distances, evaluate spectacle fit.
- Properly assist physically or visually disabled patients.
- Adhere to regulations regarding drug samples and drug sample logs.
- Basic Tonometry:
- Perform accurate Goldmann applanation tonometry and properly disinfect the tonometer.
- Perform accurate Tono-pen tonometry and properly disinfect and store the tonometer.
- Perform accurate Eye Care tonometry.
- Understand the principals of scleral rigidity and the factors that alter intraocular pressure.
- Instrument Maintenance:
- Perform routine instrument maintenance on all ophthalmic equipment.
- Stock examination rooms in assigned area and ensure medication expiration dates are current.
- Disinfect and maintain examination rooms.
General Medical Knowledge:
- Maintain current CPR certification.
- Understand basic ocular anatomy and physiology, systemic diseases, ocular diseases and ocular emergencies.
- Understand and practice the fundamentals of microbial control.
- Must complete currently required JHMI courses, such as:
- Self-learning educational packets
- HIPAA regulations
- Conflict of Interest
- Complete Annual Review paperwork in a timely manner.
- Complete training in software such as Epic, POE, TAP, Forum, Oculab, Allscripts
- Assist physician chair side as a scribe
Possible additional duties and responsibilities:
- Surgical assisting with minor outpatient procedures; basic instrument care.
- Perform basic slit lamp evaluation of anterior chamber depth.
- Measure axial length with A-scan biometry.
- Perform protocol refractometry or other testing for clinical trials.
- Instruct patients in contact lens care, insertion and removal.
- Neuro-physiologic testing including electroretinogram (ERG), Multi-focal electroretinogram (MFERG), visual evoked potential (VEP), Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO)
- Other duties that may be assigned.
Minimum of a High School diploma/GED and some related experience.
Must obtain Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) from Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) within 18 months of start date. Must maintain certification while employed at Wilmer. Failure to obtain/maintain certification might result in termination of employment at Wilmer.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Mathematics: able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, addition and subtraction of positive and negative numbers.
Language: able to comprehend simple instructions and short correspondence. Able to create simple correspondence. Able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to patients and other employees.
Reasoning: able to comprehend and execute instructions. Able to manage situations with more than one variable.
- Familiarity with the operation of computers.
- Familiarity with ophthalmic and general medical terminology.
- Ability to enter information into the computer system
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.
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