Ophthalmic Technician

Ophthalmic technicians are allied health professionals that work alongside ophthalmologists who are doctors that provide medical and surgical treatment of eye disorders. The tasks ophthalmic technicians perform include maintaining the optical instruments and equipment used for eye examinations and eye surgery. They also work directly with patients taking their health histories measuring their vision to determine whether they need glasses or other corrective devices carrying out some diagnostic examinations administering eye medication helping patients with eye muscle exercises and educating patients on how to insert and take care of contact lenses. In some cases ophthalmic technicians assist ophthalmologists with eye surgery. Ophthalmic technicians work in private ophthalmic practices hospitals medical centers and clinics. The website www.ehow.com says that aspiring ophthalmic technicians need a high school diploma or the equivalent but many employers require them to have at least two years of college with courses in science. In most cases they complete a year of training in a certificate program that is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Such training includes coursework in anatomy physiology medical terminology medical laws and ethics psychology microbiology ophthalmic optics and pharmacology plus hand-on experience in a medical setting. Although each state and employer has its own requirements completion of such a program can lead to becoming a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT). According to the website www.allalliedhealthschools.com the American Medical Association reports that ophthalmic technicians earn an average annual salary of $41724.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Certification and/or License
Avg Salary: $41724
High Salary: $51724
Low Salary: $31724
Tasks: Collects medical histories from patients.
Conducts tests on patients' eyes.
Tests the muscle function of eyes.
Teaches patients how to use contact lenses.
Also Called: Allied Health Professional
Ophthalmic Technologist
Ophthalmologist's Assistant
Certified Ophthalmic Technician
Additional Resources: http://www.allalliedhealthschools.com/faqs/opthalmic_technician_technologist
http://www.ehow.com/facts_6052391_ophthalmic-technician-job-descriptions.html
http://www.kellogg.umich.edu/education/ophthytech.html