Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Internal Number: 107371-en_US
With close supervision and instruction, we are seeking a CO Ophthalmic Technician Assistant who will learn to assist the Ophthalmologist with patient care by performing ophthalmic testing as outlined below.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
- Obtain and concisely record an accurate patient history.
- Chief complaint.
- Past ocular history.
- Family history.
- Systemic illnesses.
- Allergies and drug reactions.
- Social history.
- Basic skills and lensometry.
- Measure visual acuity at distance and near utilizing test appropriate for age and education, and records accurately.
- Perform pinhole testing when indicated.
- Perform and record contrast sensitivity.
- Perform Ishihara or HRR color vision testing.
- Accurately measure and record current lens power with a lensometer.
- Perform and record exophthalmometry.
- Perform and record Amsler grid.
- Perform and record Schirmer testing.
- Evaluate pupillary reactions, including afferent pupillary defect.
- Estimate anterior chamber depth.
- Able to properly operate common non-automated and automated ophthalmic equipment including, but not limited to: IOL Master, Orb-scan, bright field acuity testing (BAT), potential acuity meter (PAM), autorefractor, corneal pachymetry, Humphrey visual field, Goldmann visual field, OCT, HRT, Lenstar.
- Patient Services.
- Apply proper ocular dressings and shields.
- Follow divisional protocols for eye drop instillation, including cycloplegics and topical anesthetics.
- Properly instill eye drops.
- Label newly opened bottles with expiration dates.
- Understand the indications / contraindications for use in dilation.
- Measure interpupillary distances, evaluate spectacle fit.
- Properly assist physically or visually disabled patients.
- Adhere to regulations regarding drug samples and drug sample logs.
- Basic Tonometry.
- Perform accurate Goldmann applanation tonometry and properly disinfect the tonometer.
- Perform accurate Tono-pen tonometry and properly disinfect and store the tonometer.
- Perform accurate Eye Care tonometry.
- Understand the principals of scleral rigidity and the factors that alter intraocular pressure.
- Instrument Maintenance.
- Perform routine instrument maintenance on all ophthalmic equipment.
- Stock examination rooms in assigned area and ensure medication expiration dates are current.
- Disinfect and maintain examination rooms.
- General Medical Knowledge.
- Maintain current CPR certification.
- Understand basic ocular anatomy and physiology, systemic diseases, ocular diseases and ocular emergencies.
- Understand and practice the fundamentals of microbial control.
- Must complete currently required JHMI courses, such as: Self-learning educational packets, HIPAA regulations, Conflict of Interest
- Complete Annual Review paperwork in a timely manner.
- Complete training in software such as Epic, POE, TAP, Forum, Oculab, Allscripts
- Assist physician chair side as a scribe.
Additional duties & responsibilities
- Surgical assisting with minor outpatient procedures; basic instrument care.
- Perform basic slit lamp evaluation of anterior chamber depth.
- Measure axial length with A-scan biometry.
- Perform protocol refractometry or other testing for clinical trials.
- Instruct patients in contact lens care, insertion and removal.
- Neuro-physiologic testing including electroretinogram (ERG), Multi-focal electroretinogram (MFERG).
- visual evoked potential (VEP), Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO)
- Other duties that may be assigned.
- High School Diploma or graduation equivalent.
- Must obtain Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) from Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) within 18 months of start date.
- CPR certification also required.
Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Mathematics: able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, addition and subtraction of positive and negative numbers.
- Language: able to comprehend simple instructions and short correspondence. Able to create simple correspondence.
- Able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to patients and other employees.
- Reasoning: able to comprehend and execute instructions. Able to manage situations with more than one variable.
- Familiarity with the operation of computers.
- Familiarity with ophthalmic and general medical terminology.
- Ability to enter information into the computer system.
Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications
- Must obtain Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) from Joint Commission on Allied Health
- Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) within 18 months of start date. Must maintain certification while employed at Wilmer. Failure to obtain/maintain certification might result in termination of employment at Wilmer.
Classified Title: Ophthalmic Technician Assistant
Working Title: CO Ophthalmic Technician Assistant
Starting Salary Range: $17.22 -$23.00-$29.30 HRLY (Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: School of Medicine Campus
Department name: SOM Ophthalmology Retina Service
Personnel area: School of Medicine
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