Under the medical direction of the Ophthalmologist (MD), assists the ophthalmologist by performing tasks, collecting data, administering treatments as ordered and supervising patients. Takes patient histories, administers tests and evaluations, takes eye measurements for the purpose of diagnosis and performs related clinical support. Assists and accompanies physician throughout the patient evaluation in order to efficiently and accurately document the patient’s physical examination.
Education: Completion of an approved training program for Ophthalmology Assistant or (see Experience).
Experience: Demonstrated equivalent experience that combines knowledge gained on the job along with
independent study as an ophthalmology assistant.
Licensure/Certification/Registration: Basic life support (BLS) certification within ninety (90) days of hire.
Experience: Previous experience as a Medical Scribe or Ophthalmology Assistant with scribing experience.
Licensure/Certification/Registration: Certification as a Certified Ophthalmology Assistant (COA).
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the basic structure and function of the eye, history taking, visual acuity testing, clinical chart documentation, anatomy and physiology of the retina, basic ophthalmic pharmacology, basic retinoscopy, fundus photography, slit lamp operation and telephone triage in an ophthalmic practice. Knowledge of supplies, instruments and equipment used in office-based ophthalmology. Ability to present a professional image and understand and carry out instructions by medical staff. Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to work with indirect supervision and accept personal responsibility. Ability to provide service in a courteous and tactful manner. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to perform basic computer keyboarding and answer the telephone.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/LIFTING REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to meet the physical demands of an ophthalmology clinic practice, including the ability to see, hear, walk, write legibly, speak English, stand and work greater than eight (8) hours per day.
AGE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES:
Skilled at assessment and knowledgeable of growth and development. Provides appropriate care respective to the ages of the patients served per clinical environment.
Works in an office-based clinic setting. May be exposed to risk of exposure to bloodborne disease. May be exposed to electrical and mechanical hazards from office equipment. May be exposed to unpleasant patient elements.