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Ophthalmic Medical Technologists - 29-2099.05

O*NET-SOC Description

Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions and ophthalmic photography. Provide instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel. Assist with minor surgical procedures, applying aseptic techniques and preparing instruments. May perform eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct patients in care and use of corrective lenses.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Diagnostic Ophthalmic Sonographer and Registered Ophthalmic Ultrasound Biometrist (CDOS and ROUB)
  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT)
  • Certified Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technologist
  • Ophthalmic Technologist (Ophthalmic Tech)
  • Ophthalmology Surgical Technician
  • Surgical Coordinator

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  • Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
  • Assess abnormalities of color vision, such as amblyopia.
  • Assess refractive condition of eyes, using retinoscope.
  • Assist physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures, including surgery.
  • Calculate corrections for refractive errors.
  • Call patients to inquire about their post-operative status or recovery.
  • Clean or sterilize ophthalmic or surgical instruments.
  • Collect ophthalmic measurements or other diagnostic information, using ultrasound equipment, such as A-scan ultrasound biometry or B-scan ultrasonography equipment.
  • Conduct binocular disparity tests to assess depth perception.
  • Conduct low vision blindness tests.
  • Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles.
  • Conduct tests, such as the Amsler Grid test, to measure central visual field used in the early diagnosis of macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diseases of the eye.
  • Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
  • Conduct visual field tests to measure field of vision.
  • Create three-dimensional images of the eye, using computed tomography (CT).
  • 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 corneal thickness, using pachymeter or contact ultrasound methods.
  • Measure the thickness of the retinal nerve, using scanning laser polarimetry techniques to aid in diagnosis of glaucoma.
  • Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
  • Perform advanced ophthalmic procedures, including electrophysiological, electrophysical, or microbial procedures.
  • Perform fluorescein angiography of the eye.
  • Perform slit lamp biomicroscopy procedures to diagnose disorders of the eye, such as retinitis, presbyopia, cataracts, or retinal detachment.
  • Photograph patients' eye areas, using clinical photography techniques, to document retinal or corneal defects.
  • Supervise or instruct ophthalmic staff.
  • Take anatomical or functional ocular measurements, such as axial length measurements, of the eye or surrounding tissue.
  • Take and document patients' medical histories.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities.
  • Clean medical equipment or facilities.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Create advanced digital images of patients using computer imaging systems.
  • Instruct patients in the use of assistive equipment.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
  • Supervise medical support personnel.
  • Test patient vision.
  • Train medical providers.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Eye Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Medical Service Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • 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)
  • Optometrist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometry (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometry Apprentice, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Craftsman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Helper, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Journeyman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

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