Ophthalmic technicians perform more advanced duties than ophthalmic assistants, but are supervised by ophthalmic medical technologists.
In_large practices, ophthalmic technicians and technologists tend to specialize in clinical duties, while the administrative duties are often performed by ophthalmic assistants.
Ophthalmic technicians duties:
-administer topical ophthalmic and oral medications
-apply drops to anesthetize or dilate eyes
-assist in the fitting of contact lenses, and instruct patients in personal care of contact lense.
-measure and record ocular functions including visual acuity and fields
-test eye muscle function
-measure the pressure on the inside of the eye for signs of glaucoma
-examine eyes for abnormalities of the cornea
Ophthalmic Technicians salaries depend on their level of experience and education. Average annual salaries ranged from $39,000 to $55,000 a year.
Ophthalmic technicians work in well-lighted and clean offices and clinics. The majority work in private clinical settings. Some work in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Ophthalmic technicians may continue their education and become technologists. They may obtain a medical degree in ophthalmology to become licensed ophthalmologists.