Assists ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions. May administer eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Conducts tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
- Measures visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
- Takes and documents patients' medical histories.
- Administers topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
- Conducts visual field tests to measure field of vision.
- Operates ophthalmic equipment, such as autorefractors, phoropters, tomographs, or retinoscopes.
- Cleans or sterilizes ophthalmic or surgical instruments.
- Takes anatomical or functional ocular measurements of the eye or surrounding tissue, such as axial length measurements.
- Measures corneal curvature with keratometers or ophthalmometers to aid in the diagnosis of conditions, such as astigmatism.
- Measures and records lens power, using lensometers.
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