Ophthalmic Medical Technologist

Also called: Angiographer, Angiography Technologist, Certified Diagnostic Ophthalmic Sonographer (CDOS), Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT), Certified Ophthalmic Technologist

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Ophthalmic medical technologists assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions and ophthalmic photography. Provide instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel. Assist with minor surgical procedures, applying aseptic techniques, and preparing instruments. May perform eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct patients in care and use of corrective lenses.

  • Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
  • Take and document patients' medical histories.
  • Take anatomical or functional ocular measurements, such as axial length measurements, of the eye or surrounding tissue.
  • Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
  • Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
  • Measure and record lens power, using lensometers.
  • Calculate corrections for refractive errors.
  • Collect ophthalmic measurements or other diagnostic information, using ultrasound equipment, such as A-scan ultrasound biometry or B-scan ultrasonography equipment.
  • Perform ophthalmic triage, in the office or by phone, to assess severity of patients' conditions.
  • Clean or sterilize ophthalmic or surgical instruments.
  • Educate patients on ophthalmic medical procedures, conditions of the eye, and appropriate use of medications.
  • Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles.
  • Assess refractive condition of eyes, using retinoscope.
  • Conduct visual field tests to measure field of vision.
  • Measure corneal thickness, using pachymeter or contact ultrasound methods.
  • Measure corneal curvature with keratometers or ophthalmometers to aid in the diagnosis of conditions, such as astigmatism.
  • Supervise or instruct ophthalmic staff.
  • Measure the thickness of the retinal nerve, using scanning laser polarimetry techniques to aid in diagnosis of glaucoma.
  • Assist physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures, including surgery.
  • Perform fluorescein angiography of the eye.
  • Photograph patients' eye areas, using clinical photography techniques, to document retinal or corneal defects.
  • Maintain ophthalmic instruments or equipment.
  • Conduct tests, such as the Amsler Grid test, to measure central visual field used in the early diagnosis of macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diseases of the eye.
  • Conduct binocular disparity tests to assess depth perception.
  • Assess abnormalities of color vision, such as amblyopia.
  • Call patients to inquire about their post-operative status or recovery.
  • Instruct patients in the care and use of contact lenses.
  • Conduct low vision blindness tests.
  • Perform advanced ophthalmic procedures, including electrophysiological, electrophysical, or microbial procedures.
  • Perform slit lamp biomicroscopy procedures to diagnose disorders of the eye, such as retinitis, presbyopia, cataracts, or retinal detachment.
  • Create three-dimensional images of the eye, using computed tomography (CT).
Work Context
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 100% responded "Every day".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 95% responded "Every day".
  • Contact With Others — 75% responded "Constant contact with others".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 70% responded "Extremely important".
  • Electronic Mail — 65% responded "Every day".
  • Physical Proximity — 55% responded "Very close (near touching)".
  • Telephone — 70% responded "Every day".
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Work Activities
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Test patient vision.
  • Test patient vision.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities.
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Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Medicine and Dentistry
  • Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Skills

Active Listening
  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness
  • Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Service Orientation
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
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Abilities

Oral Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Near Vision
  • The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Problem Sensitivity
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • AcuityPro
  • EyeMD EMR
  • ezChartWriter
  • iChartPlus
  • Medflow Complete
  • MediPro Medisoft Clinical
  • NaviNet Open
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software

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Job Outlook

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