Ophthalmic Medical Technologists

What they do:

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.

On the job, you would:

  • Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
  • Assess abnormalities of color vision, such as amblyopia.
  • Assess refractive condition of eyes, using retinoscope.
  • Assist physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures, including surgery.
  • 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.
  • Conduct binocular disparity tests to assess depth perception.
  • Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles.
  • 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 tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.

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