Train to Become an Ophthalmic Assistant

Ophthalmic assistants work with and under ophthalmic technicians and an ophthalmologist. They prepare the patient for their exam and perform initial testing before the ophthalmologist sees the patient. These tests may include preliminary eye function tests, testing vision, measuring the dimension of the eyes and measuring the distance between the eyes. They may also discuss procedures and medications with the patient and obtain medical histories.  In some offices, they may also assist the ophthalmologist with surgical procedures.

Study.com lists the most common duties of an ophthalmic assistant:

Gathering medical records and patient information Taking ocular measurements, both anatomical and functional Administering or preparing medications Providing eye care and contact lens information to the patient Maintaining and cleaning ophthalmic instruments Assisting the ophthalmologist in basic procedures

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