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Job Req ID:  59698

Ophthalmic Technician Assistant

The Department of Ophthalmology is seeking an Ophthalmic Technician Assistant to work under close supervision and instruction, will learn to assist the Ophthalmologist with patient care by performing ophthalmic testing as outlined below.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities


Obtain and concisely record an accurate patient history to include:

  • Chief complaint
  • Past ocular history
  • Family history
  • Systemic illnesses
  • Medications
  • Allergies and drug reactions
  • Social history

Perform basic testing to include but not limited to:

  • 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.
  • Facilitate timely flow of patients from screening to exam rooms
  • 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.
  • Collect and prepare instruments for transport to sterilization center

General Medical Knowledge:

  • 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 and 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.

Other duties that may be assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum of a High School diploma or General Education Degree. 


Must obtain Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) from Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) within 18 months of start date. Must be CPR Certified. Must maintain certifications while employed at Wilmer.  Failure to obtain/maintain certification might result in termination of employment at Wilmer.


Additional Knowledge, Skills, and 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.

Additional Skills:

  • 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.
  • CPR Certification
  • Must maintain certification while employed at Wilmer.
  • Failure to obtain/maintain certification might result in termination of employment at Wilmer.


Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to remain in 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 patients 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.


Classified Title: Ophthalmic Technician Assistant 
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.26 - $22.35/Hour; Commensurate with experience
Employee Group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: School of Medicine, East Baltimore Campus 
Department Name:  Ophthalmology, Anterior Segment 

Personnel Area: School of Medicine


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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