Job Req ID:  113956

Ophthalmic Technician Assistant

With close supervision and instruction, we are seeking an Ophthalmic Technician Assistant who will learn to assist the Ophthalmologist with patient care by performing ophthalmic testing as outlined below.

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Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Obtain and concisely record an accurate patient history.

  • Chief complaint
  • Past ocular history
  • Family history
  • Systemic illnesses
  • Medications
  • 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 Ex ophthalmometry.
  • 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.

Possible 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.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for 50% of the time.
  • Ability to move about to escort patients to the exam rooms and different departments, gather and replace supplies, and stock rooms.
  • Constantly positions self to adjust ophthalmic equipment in order to perform exams.
  • Ability to manipulate extremely small objects.
  • The person in this position frequently communicates with patients. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
  • Ability to safely utilize various types of Ophthalmic Equipment to directly contact the patient’s eye.
  • Occasionally lifts and transports supplies up to 20 lbs.
  • Ability to concentrate on instruments and other visual stimuli.
  • Observation of and rapid reaction to changeable situations.

Minimum Qualifications
  • 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.



Classified Title: Ophthalmic Technician Assistant 
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CD  
Starting Salary Range: $17.00 - $30.00 HRLY ($55,640 targeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview 
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM Oph Bay Bayview  
Personnel area: School of Medicine 



Total Rewards
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Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines: JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

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