Career Profile: Ophthalmic Technician

Career Profile Ophthalmic Technician

Ophthalmic Technicians are an important member of a patient-centered team consisting of physicians, nurses and other health professionals. Nearly 85 percent of Ophthalmic Technicians work in a physician’s office performing a mix of administrative and clinical tasks. They can also work in hospitals, home care and hospice care. Their administrative responsibilities include patient reception and admission, scheduling, answering phones, collecting health histories, filing insurance claims and managing patient flow through the office. Ophthalmic Technicians are likely the first and last faces a patient sees during a visit to their doctor. They will also spend time with patients to ensure they understand the doctor’s instructions. Their clinical responsibilities include explaining treatments to patients, administering injections, setting up surgical trays, and working with various equipment. Very importantly, as an Ophthalmic Technician, you will be responsible for placing your patients at ease.

The ideal candidate is empathetic, a strong listener and oral communicator, calm under stress, detailed and organized. A certain level of manual dexterity is also important.

Most Ophthalmic Technicians work full-time days although some work evenings, nights and weekends. The work environment is typically fast-paced, highly professional, and compassionate and team oriented.

How will you feel as an Ophthalmic Technician?

The gratitude and respect you receive from patients will be quite satisfying. Patients will rely upon you to get them through anxious and occasionally very difficult moments, and their appreciation will be heart-felt and obvious. In some settings such as hospice and home care, you will become integral to your patients’ lives, nearly becoming a family member.  Also, as a respected member of a team, you’ll enjoy celebrating patient success with like-minded professionals that value your contributions. Many of your most precious memories will come from your work as an Ophthalmic Technician.

Employment for Ophthalmic Technician is expected to grow 34% from 2008 to 2018 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What is the career path for OTs?

After graduating and earning your diploma in Ophthalmic Technician program at Cambridge, you’ll be able to take the Certified Ophthalmic Technician exam. A Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) assists ophthalmologists in medical and surgical eye care and patient eye treatment. Daily duties involve administering ocular medication and performing vision measurements. These technicians are also responsible for sterilizing ophthalmic equipment after use. Many hours spent standing might be involved, and patience and tact might be called for when dealing with various patients. Ophthalmic technicians need listening skills in order to accurately document patients’ histories.