The Department of Ophthalmology will consider Ophthalmic Assistants, Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, Certified Ophthalmic Techs and Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologists for this role. Varying levels of Experience and Education will be required for specific job titles.
Assists ophthalmologists in treatment and care of patients by performing variety of technical duties.
Obtains medical histories of patients, including past ocular history, family history, previous adverse drug reactions and allergies, systemic illnesses, and current medications.
Tests ocular functions, including distance and near visual acuity, color vision, muscle balance, intra-ocular tension, auto refraction, retinoscopy, and lensometry (reading spectacles).
Fits all types of contact lenses using keratometer; instructs patients in care and insertion of lenses.
Assists physicians in minor office surgery.
Administers medications as directed by ophthalmologists; changes dressings and instructs patients in home care.
Maintains inventory of consumable supplies, medications, and small instruments.
Maintains ophthalmic instruments, such as visual acuity projectors, direct and indirect ophthalmoscopes, retinoscopes, muscle lights, etc. by cleaning exposed lenses, mirrors, prisms, and replacing burned out bulbs.
Instructs ophthalmic assistants in clinic routine and in standard ophthalmic procedures.
Duties performed may include one or more of the following core functions:
Directly interacting with or caring for patients
Directly interacting with or caring for human-subjects research participants
Regularly maintaining, modifying, releasing or similarly affecting patient records (including patient financial records)
Regularly maintaining, modifying, releasing or similarly affecting human-subjects research records.
High school diploma plus completion of basic and advanced home-study courses approved by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, and two years of experience including one year in medical or related field.
Prefer completion of the home study course for Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology within one year of hire date.
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
High school graduation or equivalent plus 1 year of work experience in Ophthalmology (clinical program practicum experience preferred); 1 year of college preferred.
Must complete the home study course for Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.
Certified as COA by JCAHPO.
Certified Ophthalmic Technician
Graduation from accredited approved program for Ophthalmic Technicians
1 year experience as Ophthalmic Assistant or equivalent and certification as Certified Ophthalmic Technician by Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician
Bachelor's degree in science or related field
Successful completion of accredited ophthalmic medical assistant program
Certification as Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist by Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
2 years relevant experience
This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information
Varying levels of Experience and Education will be required for specific job titles. Please specify in your application/resume notes which area you are directly applying for.
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