Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
SOC: 29-2057.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
37,000 employed

Projected (2024):
46,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician with Surgical Assisting
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician-Surgical Assistant (COT-SA)
  • Certified Retinal Angiographer
  • Medical Technician
  • Ocular Care Technician
  • Ophthalmic Aide
  • Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technician
  • Ophthalmic Photographer
  • Ophthalmic Technician
  • Ophthalmology Assistant
  • Ophthalmology Technician
  • Optometric Technician
  • Paraoptometric
  • Retinal Angiographer
  • Surgical Coordinator


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • A-scan biometers
  • Amsler grids
  • Automated lensometers
  • Autorefractors
  • B-Scan biometers
  • Bio-microscopes
  • Brightness acuity testers
  • Color blindness tests
  • Combination refractor keratometers
  • Corneal pachymeters
  • Corneal topographers
  • Digital pupillometers
  • Eye chart projectors
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Fundus cameras
  • Handheld occluders
  • Hertel exophthalmometers
  • Jaeger lid plates
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Loose prisms
  • Luedde exophthalmometers
  • Maddox rods
  • Manual blood pressure cuffs
  • Manual lensometers
  • Manual pupillometers
  • Millimeter rules
  • Naugle exophthalmometers
  • Ocular transilluminators
  • Ophthalmic perimeters
  • Ophthalmic slit lamps
  • Ophthalmic syringes
  • Ophthalmic tonographers
  • Ophthalmic tonometers
  • Ophthalmoscopes
  • Optical coherence tomography OCT scanners
  • Optical interferometers
  • Optical screwdrivers
  • Optokinetic drums
  • Personal computers
  • Phoroptors
  • Potential acuity meters
  • Retinal tomography machines
  • Retinoscopes
  • Snellen eye charts
  • Snipe nose pliers
  • Steam autoclaves
  • Stereo vision tests
  • Tangent screens
  • Titmus vision screeners
  • Visual acuity cards
  • Wavefront aberrometers
  • Wide jaw angling pliers
  • AcuityPro VisionScience Software
  • Email software
  • EyeMD EMR
  • ezChartWriter
  • iChart Plus Visual Acuity Digital Eye Chart Testing Software
  • Medflow Complete
  • MediPro Medisoft Clinical
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • NaviNet software
  • Web browser software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800