Joslin Diabetes Center

Ophthalmic Technician

Location US-MA-Boston
Job ID
R3238-20
# Positions
1
Category
Clinic
Pos. Type
Full Time

Overview

The Ophthalmic Technician assists the ophthalmologists and optometrists in preparing patients for their appointments by taking medical/ocular histories, performing standard entrance tests, visual acuity and refraction as well as slit lamp examination of the anterior segment on patients. You will also provide support to Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Center and may also assist the ophthalmologists in various minor surgical procedures including laser treatments.

 

Hours are: (Monday-Friday) 8:30 am-5:00 pm or 8:00am-4:30pm.

 

Why work here!

  • Be a valued member of our Eye Care Team working directly with Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Ophthalmic Technicians, Ophthalmic Imagers, Ophthalmology Fellows and Clinical Researchers.
  • Harvard affiliation and an international reputation.
  • Competitive salary and benefits in the prestigious Longwood Medical Area.
  • Training for qualified candidates who display the aptitude to learn, improve your present skills & learn new skills with training on the latest technology that you would only get, at Joslin.
  • Spend more time with patients.
  • Opportunity to advance in credentials and knowledge with supported CME and training.
  • Opportunity to attend monthly scheduled seminars.
  • Ability to become certified to participate in our local, national and international Clinical Research Studies.
  • Responsibilities in clinical eye care include: ocular history, refraction, slit lamp examination, Applanation Tonometry and other entrance examinations.
  • Diverse participation in eye care, including retinal imaging with the latest, state of the art imaging instruments.
  • Participate in our Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Center with the latest, state of the art imaging instruments performing OCT, Optos, Anterior Segment Imaging, Visual fields, Ultrasonography, etc.
  • Daily rotation of clinical responsibilities throughout our clinic and clinical research patient care programs.
  • Become a more Advanced Ophthalmic Technician!

Responsibilities

  • Prepares patients for ophthalmologic or optometric examination by obtaining ocular and medical history and accurately entering the information into the electronic medical record.
  • Performs standard entrance tests on patients, specifically: visual function tests including refraction; lensometry and keratometry. Performs ocular health assessment including examination of the pupils and extraocular muscles; slit-lamp examination of the anterior segment and applanation tonometry. Based on the exam findings, determines and recommends further diagnostic testing as warranted or per the direction of the ophthalmologist or optometrist.
  • Performs specialized ophthalmic tests as ordered by the ophthalmologist or Optometrist, including Hertel exophthalmometry, stereo vision testing, Humphrey visual fields, and color vision: Ishihara, and D-15.  After successful department training, will provide support for the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Center by performing OCTs (Optical Coherence Tomography), digital retinal imaging, digital anterior segment imaging, IOL master and ophthalmic ultrasound.
  • Assists the ophthalmologists in performing laser photocoagulation and minor procedures such as lid lesion removal. Instills anesthetic drops in patient’s eyes, hands instruments to the Ophthalmologist, and helps to rinse eyes after procedure is done. May help with adjusting the settings of the laser.
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Significant knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the eye including systemic and ocular disease, ocular surgery and procedures, intermediate medical terminology and abbreviations. 
  • Knowledge of ophthalmic pharmacology.
  • JCAHPO certification at level of Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) is preferred. COA certification must be obtained within the first year of employment.
  • Clinical Trial Certification in refraction and acuity testing within first year of hire followed by optical coherence tomography and ophthalmic photography required within three years.
  • Understanding of the theory and workings behind specific testing and stages of the exam.
  • High level of proficiency with technology. Demonstrated experience accurately and thoroughly completing electronic medical records and updating management computer systems.
  • Strong professional interpersonal skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated respect for staff and patients and experience maintaining confidentiality.
  • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with strong attention to detail 

 

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