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Ophthalmic Medical Technicians - 29-2057.00

O*NET-SOC 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician with Surgical Assisting
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician-Surgical Assistant (COT-SA)
  • Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technician
  • Ophthalmic Technician
  • Surgical Coordinator

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

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  • Adjust or make minor repairs to spectacles or eyeglasses.
  • Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
  • Assess refractive conditions of eyes, using retinoscopes.
  • Assist patients to insert or remove contact lenses.
  • Assist patients to select eyewear.
  • Assist physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures, including surgery.
  • Call patients to inquire about their post-operative status or recovery.
  • Clean or sterilize ophthalmic or surgical instruments.
  • Conduct binocular disparity tests to assess depth perception.
  • Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles.
  • Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
  • 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 corneal curvature with keratometers or ophthalmometers to aid in the diagnosis of conditions, such as astigmatism.
  • 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.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
  • Clean medical equipment or facilities.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Fit eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other vision aids.
  • Instruct patients in the use of assistive equipment.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Recommend types of assistive devices.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
  • Test patient vision.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Eye Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Apprentice, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Craftsman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Helper, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Journeyman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Apprentice, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Craftsman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Helper, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Journeyman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Ophthalmic Technician