Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist

Date Posted: May 25 2012

Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist

Location: Buffalo, New York

Retina Consultants of Western New York


Job Tasks - Initiate documentation of the patientís chief complaint, history of present illness, review of systems, and all pertinent ocular findings accurately and in accordance with compliance guidelines. Perform testing to include visual acuity measurement, color vision testing, lensometry, keratometry, testing pupil function, tonometry confrontation visual fields, evaluations of EOMís and all other patient services as requested by the ophthalmologist. Administer topical ophthalmic and oral medications at the direction of physician. Triage patient telephone calls. Assist with minor surgery procedures or laser treatments in the office. If necessary, assist physician with surgical procedures to include: patient preparation, draping of surgical site, instrumentation and maintenance of sterile technique. Inventory and maintain surgical instruments in accordance with OSHA standards. Remove and apply dressings as directed. Perform retinoscopy and refractometry. Assist patients with low vision aids. Assist with fitting of contact lenses and instruct patients in care and insertion of lenses. Assist with accurately measuring optics of eyeglasses and assisting patient with selection and fitting of eyeglasses, if applicable. Demonstrate knowledge of JCAHPO standards, assist with training clinical staff to a positive outcome, and provide hands-on training to ophthalmic medical personnel as needed. Educate patients regarding administration of medications, and pre- and post- operative instructions as directed by physician. Perform specialized testing such as automated and non-automated perimetry, advanced ocular motility testing, IOL calculations, ultrasonography, ophthalmic photography, fluorescein angiograph and advanced color vision testing. Prepare specimens for culture and staining. Complete required documentation for specimen submission. Assist physician in directing daily patient flow. Calibrate and maintain office equipment in accordance with policies and standards. Troubleshoot ophthalmic equipment problems and initiate repairs.Follow all safety procedures as per protocol guidelines. Work on clinical research projects.Provide clinical staff evaluation and disciplinary action documentation to supervisor and / or physician as needed, upon request. Perform other related duties as assigned under guidance of supervisor.Educate patients regarding administration of medications, and pre-and post-operative instructions as directed by physician. Complete requests for prescription refills as authorized by physician with full documentation in patient chart.Perform specialized testing such as automated and non-automated perimetry, ocular motility testing, ultrasonography, B-scan and ophthalmic photography. Open and close exam lanes daily, ensuring that equipment is cleaned and disinfected in an appropriate manner, battery powered instruments are seated properly in recharge wells, slit lamps and projectors are switched off and under covers. Assist with maintenance of clinical examination equipment. Assist with ordering of supplies. Scribe for the physician. Inventory and maintain medications and medical supplies.

A business degree or equivalent, knowledge of account, data and administrative management practices and procedures, knowledge of clerical practices and procedures, knowledge of human resources management practices and procedures, knowledge of business and management principles, computer skills and knowledge of office software packages.

Outstanding interpersonal skills, as well as, neat and professional appearance mandatory. Excellent communication skills and ability to analyze and assess problems. Other key competencies: Decision making, planning and organizing, work and time management, attention to detail and high level of accuracy, delegation of authority and responsibility, information gathering and monitoring, coaching skills, initiative, integrity, stress tolerance, adaptability, teamwork and collaboration.): Position requires a great deal of initiative and the flexibility to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Employee must be extremely discreet to maintain confidentiality. Given the level of training and experience required in this position, the employee will be expected to work well independently with minimal supervision. The employee has responsibility for independently planning, designing and carrying out projects and assignments.Good hearing and visual acuity are required. Involves frequent personal and telephone contact with patients and vendors. May be stressful at times. Interaction is constant and interruptive. Maybe required to stand for long periods of time. Must be able to move about the medical complex freely.