Ophthalmic Assistant, PRN

Job Description

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment.

The Ophthalmic Assistant is responsible for performing specialized ophthalmic testing under the supervision of a physician. The position supports other direct patient care activities as delegated by the physician or nurse.



Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient. Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary. Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems. Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.

Performs Visual Acuity Testing and documents in medical record.

Snellen Chart distance Acuity testing. Color vision testing. Near Acuity testing. Specialized acuity testing for low-vision patients. Adjusts testing based on patient individual needs i.e. child, elderly, disabled, diabetic. Pinhole Acuity test screening for refractory error or other causes. Swing light test screening for direct and consensual pupillary reaction and different pupillary defect. Intraocular pressure screening for glaucoma with tonopen.

Pupillary Assessment:

The Ophthalmology Assistant initiates the first steps of the comprehensive eye exam under the direction of the Ophthalmologist. Obtains and documents a preliminary medical and ophthalmic history of the patient to include:

Chief complaint and history of present illness. Past ocular history. General medical and social history. Family ocular and medical history. Allergies to medications, pollen, food, etc. Obtain and complete list of medications both prescribed or over the counter and herbal, including dosage and purpose. Obtains vital signs to include blood pressure, height, weight, pulse rate and temperature, if applicable. Recognizes and alerts provider of abnormalities. Implements age appropriate care for specific patient population including provision of direct patient care.

Performs Visual Field testing to detect abnormalities in the visual field and to monitor changes:

Positions patient for testing, explains procedure and answers questions. Utilizes targets in ascending order of size and brightness. Operates equipment plotting patient's visual field directly on paper form for physician reading. Isopters are appropriately labeled and documented on paper form. Troubleshoots and maintains equipment.

Scheduling / Customer Service:

Schedules new and follow-up patient appointments in EPIC Processes in-coming referrals updating status in medical record. Answers department telephone using customer service standards. Answers questions referring appropriate calls to nurse when needed.

Administers ophthalmic dilating eye drops:

Ensures there is a written order. Verifies medication allergies. Utilizes clean techniques with thorough hand washing. Documents in medical record. Monitors for adverse reaction.

Assists physician with invasive procedures:

Room set-up including instruments, equipment and sterile field. Ensures that all required paperwork is complete including consent, time-out performed and documented. Applies eye dressing and/or shield. Maintains laser safety. Assist physician during procedure with instruments and positioning patient. Thoroughly cleans instruments and equipment and prepares for sterilization.

Maintains inventory of supplies, stocks on a weekly rotation, checks and monitors expiration dates.

Completes end-of-day charge reconciliation.

Participates in quality improvement activities and meetings.

Completes all required continuing education.


Minimum Required: High School Diploma or GED. | Certified Ophthalmic Assistant preferred or willing to obtain within 2 years- http://www.jcahpo.org/certification-recertification. | Minimum Required: Willing to certify, license or graduate within 24 months. Minimum Required: 0 - 6 Months equivalent experience. Will train.