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Ophthalmic Medical Assistant

Career data updated last on 10/15/2014
Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Ophthalmic medical assistants help ophthalmologists provide eye care. They conduct diagnostic tests, measure and record vision, and test eye muscle function. They also show patients how to insert, remove, and care for contact lenses, and they apply eye dressings. Under the direction of the physician, ophthalmic medical assistants may administer eye medications. They also maintain optical and surgical instruments and may assist the ophthalmologist in surgery.
Salary $13.66/hr- $28,410 annually
Significant Points Job prospects should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, particularly those with certification.
Work Environment Most full-time ophthalmic medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week. Some work part time, evenings, or weekends.
High School Prep High school diploma or equivalent is required. Recommended high school courses include mathematics, health, biology, typing, bookkeeping, computers, and office skills. Volunteer experience in the healthcare field also is helpful.
Academic Requirements Most employers prefer graduates of formal programs in medical assisting. Such programs are offered in vocational-technical high schools, postsecondary vocational schools, and community and junior colleges. Postsecondary programs usually last either 1 year, resulting in a certificate or diploma, or 2 years, resulting in an associate degree. The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology awards credentials at three levels: Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Certified Ophthalmic Technician, and Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist.


Pima Medical Institute-Denver Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate

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