What does an Ophthalmic Medical Technician do?

Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions. May administer eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses.

Jobs Roles

  • Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
  • Assess refractive conditions of eyes, using retinoscopes.
  • Assist patients to insert or remove contact lenses.
  • Call patients to inquire about their post-operative status or recovery.
  • Clean or sterilize ophthalmic or surgical instruments.
  • Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles.
  • Conduct visual field tests to measure field of vision.
  • Instruct patients in the care and use of contact lenses.
  • Maintain ophthalmic instruments or equipment.
  • Measure and record lens power, using lensometers.
  • Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
  • Operate ophthalmic equipment, such as autorefractors, phoropters, tomographs, or retinoscopes.
  • Take anatomical or functional ocular measurements of the eye or surrounding tissue, such as axial length measurements.
  • Take and document patients' medical histories.
  • Adjust or make minor repairs to spectacles or eyeglasses.
  • Assist patients to select eyewear.
  • Assist physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures, including surgery.
  • Conduct binocular disparity tests to assess depth perception.
  • Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
  • Measure corneal curvature with keratometers or ophthalmometers to aid in the diagnosis of conditions, such as astigmatism.
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