Assists ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions and ophthalmic photography. Provides instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel. Assists 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.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Conducts tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
- Collects ophthalmic measurements or other diagnostic information, using ultrasound equipment, such as A-scan ultrasound biometry or B-scan ultrasonography equipment.
- Measures visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
- Takes anatomical or functional ocular measurements of the eye or surrounding tissue, such as axial length measurements.
- Takes and documents patients' medical histories.
- Calculates corrections for refractive errors.
- Administers topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
- Measures and records lens power, using lensometers.
- Maintains ophthalmic instruments or equipment.
- Conducts visual field tests to measure field of vision.