The Ophthalmic Assistant II is distinguished by job duties, level of education completed, and experience in ophthalmic testing. This position assists the Ophthalmologist and Optometrists in performing a wide range of both basic and advanced Ophthalmic testing, and has a strong knowledge base for work in the eye care field. This position works directly under the supervision and direction of an Ophthalmologist to perform Ophthalmic clinical duties and testing. Advanced knowledge of Ocular diseases and Ocular emergencies required. Position requires advanced technical skills, and knowledge in Ophthalmology testing. The Ophthalmic Assistant frequently performs but not limited to: Fundas photographs (Disc, Macula,etc), Fluoroscein Angiograghy, Axial Eye Length and Diagnostic B-Scan echography, Pachymetry ,Visual Fields, OCT. ( Ocular Coherence Tomography),Corneal Topography, IOL calculations, Applanation tonometry, and
occasionally assists in Laser procedures. In addition to advanced Ophthalmic testing, position requires ability to perform Basic pre-exam testing: Basic Vision testing, Lensometry, Auto Refraction, Tonopen, B.A.T. Color Test. The Ophthalmic Assistant II is responsible to clean, maintain, and report equipment failures / malfunctions that need repair to Site Administrator or Nurse Manager/Nurse supervisor.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
The following are exemplary essential job duties and responsibilities and are not intended to represent an all-inclusive listing of related essential functions of the position
1. Assists appointments with scheduling Ophthalmic testing required for both urgent and routine diagnostic testing required for both Ophthalmologists and Optometrists clinic practice appointments.
2. Records any necessary documentation regarding patients testing in patient’s medical record.
3. Revises daily schedule to accommodate patient flow and urgent requested add-on testing by physicians and secures reports in medical record for physician review.
4. Communicates abnormal test results to physicians when indicated.
5. Processing, coding, and completing charge tickets.
6. Communication skills using appropriate medical terminology.
7. Follows clinic policies for infection control in handling and disposing of medical/hazardous waste materials.
8. Following appropriate legal and ethical conduct.
1. Initiates patient work-up testing in a timely manner.
2. Demonstrates competence, caring, and compassion when performing technical and supportive patient care skills, incorporating the patient’s plan of care and following approved policy and procedure.
3. Preparing / giving verbal instruction to patients regarding their test prior to their testing.
4. Occasionally assists physician‘s with exams and minor procedures.
5. Administering ophthalmic dilation medications for testing under the direct supervision of the ophthalmologist or optometrist.
6. Maintaining supplies, equipment, stocking, and special supplies for Ophthalmic testing equipment.
7. Exercise proficiency in minor equipment maintenance. Report to Site Administrator or Nurse Manager / Nurse Supervisor if not in proper working condition.
8. Disposing of bio-hazard waste according to OSHA standards and guidelines.
9. Practicing OSHA safety standards.
10. Performing accurate, legal, and ethical charting at all times.
11. Advanced knowledge of Ocular diseases and Ocular emergencies.
12. Proficient in the use of applicable computer software.
May be assigned special project or other assignments and work tasks that are generally within the scope and level of the position, and relative to the need for flexible Company operations.
MINIMUM & PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Minimum: High School Diploma and completion of Ophthalmic Assistant Certification.
Preferred: Additional education/training in various ophthalmic testing and in Retinal Photography.
Minimum: Two year’s experience working as an Ophthalmic Assistant.
Preferred: Three year’s experience working as an Ophthalmic Assistant.
Any combination of educational and work experience that would be equivalent to the stated minimum requirements would qualify for consideration of these positions.
Current CPR Certificate and Current Ophthalmic Assistant Certification. Non-Certified candidates will be considered, but must obtain certification within 90 days of hire date.
Driver’s License: Valid California driver’s license required and insurability under the company’s insurance carrier standards as applicable to job requirements.
Skills, Knowledge & Abilities
Must be proficiently skilled in the application and use of Windows, Word Perfect, Excel, Outlook, Clinical application programs, and the internet.
Excellent written and verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
High level of problem solving and priority setting skills.
Ability to multitask in an efficient, thorough, and prioritized manner; to work quickly, accurately and independently; and to anticipate needs and solve problems.
Work with spirit of enthusiasm, teamwork, cooperation and a sense of urgency,
and maintain a high degree of confidentiality over all matters in the course of business operations including patient and employee information.
Ability to successfully uphold the established customer services standards and Company Mission Standards.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL & ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required stand, walk, use hands to touch, handle or feel objects, tools, instruments, controls, talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to a focus.
The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently be required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.