Ophthalmology Assistant

Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital
Presque Isle

Job Description


Using TAMC Standards of Behavior-demonstrateprofessionalism at all times with patients and co-workers. A team player is necessary for this positionof variable skills, organization and independent working environment. Fast paced setting requires independentthinking and ability and willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changes.

Ophthalmic Assistant will besupervised by the clinical supervisor and managed by the Manager overseeing thePractice. He/she will report directly tothe Clinical Supervisor or directly to the Manager/ in the absence of ClinicalSupervisor for assistance/questions/concerns/issues regarding responsibilities(see Essential Duties below).


1. Patient Care - Escort patients intoexam room and perform initial evaluation, including chief complaint, medicaland ophthalmic history, visual acuity and refraction, evaluation of pupils,tonometry, slit lamp examination for chamber depth and rubeosis, and tonometry.

2. Performdiagnostic tests that may be required depending on the clinical situation,including keratometry, IOL measurements, corneal topography, pachymetry,optical coherence tomography (OCT), visual fields and retinal photography.

3. Prepareall necessary forms needed to obtain patient consent.

4. Organize instruments and supplies and preparesterile field.

5. Cleans room

6. Sets up roomfor and assists with laser procedures, surgical procedures and intraocularprocedures.

7. Monitorpatient flow.

8. Transcribe for physician, whenavailable.

9. Patienteducation.

10. Maintainmandatory education compliance.

11. Monitor patient flow. Direct physician to the next appropriateroom.

12. Givereports to optometrists' and other physicians' offices when appropriate.

13. Assistin screening patients' telephone calls and "walk-ins". Answer patient's questions and concerns asappropriate. Consults with provider asindicated.

14. Monitorand restock inventory of clinical and medical supplies.


Assist other staff and providersas required with special projects and requests.


1. No license is required.

2. Ophthalmic Assistant will be expectedto successfully complete Home Study Course for Ophthalmic Assisting within thefirst year of employment.

3. Following successful completion of HomeStudy Course in Ophthalmic Assisting, the Ophthalmic Assistant will be expectedto achieve certification as Certified Ophthalmic Assistant within one year orwithin the allowed time frame as specified by JCAHPO.

4. College degree preferred orequivalent experience.

5. BLS is required within the firstweek of employment. Employees must maintain CPR certification throughoutemployment when in a clinical position.

6. De-escalation and workplaceviolence training will be completed at hire prior to release from orientation.


Weekdays, but may infrequentlyrequire some early morning and/or evening hours.


High school diploma or G.E.D;

Math/Arithmetic Must be able to add, subtract,divide, perform calculations with fractions, and calculate percentages.

Previous completion of, or eligible to complete,the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Course.

Previous experience as an OphthalmologyAssistant or comparable patient care experience.

Demonstrated strength in patientteaching/education.

BCLS Certified or upon hire.

NECESSARY EQUIPMENT: Computer, Telephone


1. Sitting:Up to 3 hours per day

2. Standing. Up to7 hours/day

3. Walking. Up to 7 hours/day

4. Lifting/Carrying. Up to 20 lbs occasionally (less than 1/3 ofshift or job cycle), and/or up to 10 lbs frequently (up to 2/3 of shift). Heaviest weight liftedapproximately 50-100, with assistance, required only when assisting a patient;would occur infrequently.

5. Twisting. Moderately; 130 400 twists/day

6. Bending. Up to 3 hours/day

7. Squatting/Kneeling. Moderately.

8. Endurance. This job is classified as light.

9. ExtremeWrist Position. Moderatedeviation of wrist.

10. Pinching.Frequently; Up to 1000 pinches orgreater/day, (1000 based on 2 pinches/minute)

11. Hand/Wrist Repetitions. Moderate.

12. Manual Dexterity. Occasional fine motor skills required.

13. Tasks Requiring Use of Either Hand orDominant Hand. 60%- 100% of shift orjob cycle time.

14. TasksRequiring Use of Both Hands. Up to60% of shift or job cycle time.

15. Sight.Near Vision, requires 20/20, Far Vision requires 20/40.

16. Hearing.Requires hearing whispered voice at 8 feet.

17. Speech.Must be able to speak full sentences of regular and technicalconversation.

18. Exposure to Infection: Slight.


1. High/LowTemperature. Low temperature, below30 degrees Fahrenheit. High temperature,70 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Hazardous Noise. None anticipated under normal workingconditions.

3. WorkingwithOthers. Great, association is frequent and comprisesa major portion of the job.

4. ConfinedSpacesorCrampedBodyPositions.No exposure.

5. BodyInjuries. No significant likelihood of traumatic injury- deep cuts, fractures or permanent disabling injuries under normal workingconditions.

6. Exposure to/Injury by MovingObjects. No significant likelihood of injury from

moving objects or equipment under normalworking conditions.

7. ToxicConditions. Slight.

8. RoleAmbiguity. Slight, rarely is it not clear what othersexpect of the worker.


1. Problem-Solving Skills. Frequent problem-solving skills required.

2. Judgment/Assessment.Continuously assesses situations and determines corrective actions needed.

3. Reading/Comprehension.Must be able to read and comprehend greater than Grade 12 level ofinstructions.

4. Math/Arithmetic.Must be able to add, subtract, multiply, divide, perform fractions, andcalculate percentages.


1. ComposureUnderWorkingConditions(including demanding, and/or rude, residents/staff/visitors). Must remain calm and exercise self-control inworking relationships with patients, staff, and visitors.


1. Willingness to work cooperatively isnecessary

2. Ability to maintain professional manner understress

3. Ability to maintain high degree ofconfidentiality

Employment Type

Regular Full-time