Optometry Technician

Barksdale AFB, LA

SUMMARY. Performs visual screening tests and assists in patient treatment. Processes eyewear prescriptions for military spectacles. Performs optometry clinic activities.
Position Qualification/Requirements:
o Must have knowledge of ocular anatomy; ophthalmic medications; visual physiology, optics; use and maintenance of ophthalmic instruments and testing equipment; ophthalmic and medical regulations; medical terminology; optometric technology; asepsis; ocular referrals and emergency medical treatment; patient transportation; medical ethics; medical administration; and medical service organization and function.
o Must have experience with ophthalmic medications, anesthetic solutions, and ocular disorders.
o Completion of a basic optometry course, equivalent paraoptometric training, or a paraoptometric certification.
o Experience in caring for and treating optometry patients and in operating and maintaining ophthalmic equipment such as lensometers, vision screening instruments, visual field measuring instruments, tonometers, and other types of ophthalmic equipment.
o Experience performing or supervising ophthalmic functions such as caring for and treating patients, operating ophthalmic testing equipment, and fitting optical and ophthalmic devices.
o At least 12 months of experience within the last 36 months.
Specific Duties:
TYPE OF WORK. The duties include but are not limited to the following:
o Assists the health care provider in the examination and treatment of patients by performing visual tests or procedures.
o Orders and dispenses military spectacles. Fits patients with spectacles and instructs patients on contact lens procedures. Assists aircrew members in aviator contact lens and night vision goggle program.
o Assists flight personnel in the occupational vision program and as needed under the direction of the Optometrist.
o Records patient case history, conducts visual screening tests such as visual acuity, cover test, pupillary testing, color vision, depth perception, visual field charting, and tonometry for analysis and interpretation. Instills approved ophthalmic drugs.
o Performs ophthalmic functions as needed.
o Prepares patients and performs as special surgical assistant in clinical procedures.
o Administers ophthalmic drops and ointments, applies ocular dressings, performs suture removal, and obtains eye cultures.
o Takes ophthalmic photographs
o Prepares ophthalmic anesthetics and antibiotics.
o Performs periodic maintenance and calibration checks on clinic diagnostic equipment.
o Reviews reports and records for accuracy and compliance.
o Reports findings and service's activities.
o Establishes or recommends optometry standards, regulations, policies, or procedures to ensure quality patient care in a safe, efficient, and effective optometry environment.

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