Job Req ID:  109789

CO Ophthalmic Technician

Wilmer Eye Institute is in immediate need of scribes and technicians due to our growth at the Comprehensive Eye Clinic located at our downtown location. Wilmer Eye Institute is recognized as one of the top leading eye facilities in the nation. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of one year of experience as a scribe or technician in a progressive environment. We are looking for team oriented, dependable, motivated, self-directed individuals that have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Outstanding competitive starting compensation with exceptional benefits. Health insurance benefits start the first day of employment. Opportunities are available for college tuition reimbursement.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Records patient history including chief complaint, information on ocular history, past surgeries, medical condition, medications taken, allergies, learning assessment, falls risk and family history.
  • Checks pupil response to light by shining light into eye and watching speed with which pupils constrict, checks for afferent pupillary defect.
  • Measures central visual field using Amsler Grid.
  • Instills eye drops under physicians’ direction.
  • Measures and records distance and near visual acuity.
  • Measures and records intraocular pressure using applanation tonometry (i.e. Goldman tonometer), pneumatic tonometry, or Schiotz-type indentation tonometer.
  • Performs Humphrey visual field testing; refers patients for further testing where appropriate.
  • Performs OCT’s.
  • Performs IOL Master measurements to prepare patients for cataract surgery
  • Performs Pentacam measurements.
  • Performs accurate refractions.
  • Tests color vision, depth perception (stereopsis).
  • Screens for presence of ocular motility disorders.
  • Uses slit lamp to examine eye surface.
  • Performs special testing like Bright field Acuity Testing, potential Acuity Meter; and pachymetry.
  • Performs basic maintenance or repair of clinical equipment.
  • Compiles and enters data for clinical studies; may participate in other clinical research projects.
  • Performs ultrasound scans by measuring the axial length of the eye using various A-Scan ultrasound units.
  • Recognizing difficult scans and adjusting unit as needed in patient with high myopia, high hyperopia, poor fixation nystagmus retinal detachments, corneal problems, and intraocular lenses already in place.
  • Performs accurate keratometry readings adjusting keratometry reading if unobtainable.
  • Calculates intraocular lens power using various formulas to fit patient’s needs and situations, either manually or by computer.
  • Takes fundus photos as needed.
  • Assists with in office procedures.
  • Processes refill requests.
  • Responsible for exam room supply maintenance.
  • Ensures medication expiration dates are current.
  • Responsible for maintaining and sterilization of instruments.
  • Disinfects and maintain examination rooms.
  • Understand and practice the fundamentals of microbial control.
  • Maintains refrigerator logs, sharps container, etc.
  • Is familiar with JCAHO requirements and ensures clinic practice is in compliance with regulations.
  • May be asked to teach patient to insert and remove contact lenses correctly, and proper handling techniques.


  • Responds to in-basket messages (clinical support pool) and responds to patients’ clinical questions.
  • Explains technician related concerns to Front Desk staff and assists staff with triaging appointment scheduling.
  • Assists with obtaining insurance required prior authorizations for office procedures and medications.
  • Assists with tracking and processing of forms request (ie MVA, disability).
  • Provides input on templates/schedules to maximize patient flow and physician efficiency.
  • Maintains general medical knowledge of ocular anatomy and physiology, systemic diseases, ocular diseases and ocular emergencies.
  • Maintains required (COA) ophthalmic technician certification.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • High School Diploma or graduation equivalent.
  • One year experience as an Ophthalmic Technician.
  • Must obtain Certified Ophthalmic Asst (COA) from JCAHPO within 18 months of start date.
  • CPR certification also required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior experience in a clinical office setting as an ophthalmic technician.
  • Solid knowledge of ocular anatomy (including anterior and posterior portions of eye).
  • Good working knowledge of ophthalmic medications, and knowledge of allergic reaction to drugs.
  • Good working knowledge of the following ophthalmic equipment: projector, trial lenses, phoropter, various tonometers, lensometer, slit lamp, Bright Field Acuity Tester, and Potential Acuity Meter.
  • Working knowledge of ophthalmic photography equipment.



Classified Title: Ophthalmic Technician   
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CE  
Starting Salary Range: Min $19.25 - Max $33.70 HRLY ($62,608 budgeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM Ophthalmology Comprehensive Eye Services 
Personnel area: School of Medicine 


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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