Assist and work closely with ophthalmologists.
What does an Ophthalmic Assistant do?
As an ophthalmic assistant, also known as a certified ophthalmic medical assistant, you assist a licensed ophthalmologist, an eye doctor.
You work closely with eye doctors as they deal with their patients. Ophthalmic assistants talk with the patient, record medical history, and carry out all preliminary eye tests. This helps the ophthalmologist proceed with the ensuing stages of diagnosis, treatment, and prescription. You prepare the patient for the examination by explaining what you are about to do, making sure to put the patient at ease at all times. Your other duties include cleaning the ophthalmic instruments, maintaining medical files, ordering drugs or office supplies, and scheduling appointments.
To be a certified ophthalmic medical assistant, you need a high school diploma. Obtaining a certification by formal training is an advantage. You need to have good interpersonal and communication skills, be able to work independently, and be able to perform basic medical procedures.