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Ophthalmic Medical Technologists
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 378

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $18.04 - $30.30

Typical Annual Salary: $37,500 - $63,000

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
  • Collect ophthalmic measurements or other diagnostic information, using ultrasound equipment, such as A-scan ultrasound biometry or B-scan ultrasonography equipment.
  • Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
  • Take anatomical or functional ocular measurements of the eye or surrounding tissue, such as axial length measurements.
  • Take and document patients' medical histories.
  • Calculate corrections for refractive errors.
  • Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
  • Measure and record lens power, using lensometers.
  • Maintain ophthalmic instruments or equipment.
  • Conduct visual field tests to measure field of vision.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Exophthalmometers
  • Eye charts or vision cards
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
  • Opticians tools or accessories
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment

Technology:
  • Electronic mail software
  • Internet browser software
  • Medical software

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