Ophthalmic medical assistants help ophthalmologists provide eye care by conducting diagnostic tests, measuring and recording vision and testing eye muscle function.
In_addition, they show patients how to insert, remove and care for contact lenses as well as apply eye dressings. They maintain optical and surgical instruments and may also assist the ophthalmologist in surgery.
Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 as the health care industry expands due to technological advances, population growth and aging.
Employment will be driven by an expected increase in group practices, clinics and other health care facilities that need a high proportion of support personnel, particularly the flexible medical assistant who can handle both administrative and clinical duties.