Ophthalmic Assistant – EHG – Stratford, CT

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Make introductions and establish rapport with patients.

Initiate patient evaluation, documenting the chief complaint, history of present illness, review of systems, and all pertinent ocular findings accurately and in accordance with compliance guidelines Perform pre-exam testing to include visual acuity assessment, including pinhole and glare testing, confrontational visual field testing, assess extraocular muscles, pupillary evaluation, tonometry, assess angles, pupillary dilation, and all other patient services as requested by the physician including special tests such as color vision screening, stereopsis, and dry eye testing.

Perform lensometry and specialized testing such as visual fields, keratometry, A/B scans, and ophthalmic photography optical coherence tomography (OCT), Optical Biometry (IOL Master and Lensstar).

Perform retinoscopy and refractometry.

Assist with minor surgical procedures or laser treatments in the office.

Complete requests for prescription refills as authorized by physician, with full documentation in patient chart.

Educate patients regarding administration of medications and pre
– and post-operative instructions as directed by physician.

Assist with fitting contact lenses and instruct patients in care and insertion of lenses Conduct inventory of ophthalmic supplies, including pharmaceuticals and instruments on a regular basis.

Assist with maintenance of clinical examination equipment.

Clean surgical instruments in preparation for sterile processing.

Inspect instruments periodically for damage, send for repair, and request a replacement, as necessary.

Check temperature of medical refrigerator daily.

Check expiration date and inventory of culture plates, media, etc., kept in refrigerator and replace, as necessary.

Open and close exam lanes daily, ensuring that equipment is wiped down in an appropriate manner, battery powered instruments are seated properly in re-charge wells, slit lamps and projectors are switched off under covers Follow all safety procedures as per guidelines.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Outstanding interpersonal skills as well as a neat and professional appearance.

Degree of supervision (i.e., direct, indirect), independence, and discretion: Position requires a great deal of initiative and the flexibility to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Employee must comply by state/national guidelines to maintain patient confidentiality.

Education/Experience: High School diploma required.

One year of specialized ophthalmic experience is desirable or completion of on-the-job training upon hiring.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) credential preferred.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, decimals and percentages.

Language Skills: Ability to understand, read, write and speak English.

Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations.

Ability to successfully write business correspondence.

Ability to effectively present information, respond to questions and professionally interact with managers, employees, clients, vendors and the general public.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to recognize and define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and correct errors.

Ability to understand and interpret basic financial data.

Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in a variety of forms and deal with abstract and concrete variables.

Other Qualifications: Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work and achieves results with little oversight.

Adapts to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.

Earns others’ trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions.

Understands and learns from what others say.

Manages own time, priorities, and resources to achieve goals.

Conveys ideas and facts orally using language the audience will best understand.

Promotes cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and deliverables.

Conveys ideas and facts in writing using language the reader will best understand.

Must be able to handle multiple, simultaneous tasks effectively and efficiently while maintaining a professional, courteous manner.

Strong verbal and written communication skills required.

Must be detail oriented and organized.

High integrity, including maintenance of confidential information.

Must be able to exercise good judgment and positively influence and lead others, including handling confrontations with poise and efficiency.

Proficient computer skills (including, but not limited to accounting software; Windows based spreadsheet/word processing package, Internet and email) required.

Based on business need, the ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends as approved in advance.

CORPORATE CORE VALUES Puzzle Solving-Turning challenges into opportunities in a collaborative, agile and creative way Excellence-On a never-ending quest to improve and exceed expectations Ownership-Taking responsibility for our actions, relationships and partners’ success Positive Environment-Respectful, caring, trusting and supportive of the team Leadership-Leading by example, staying true to our values and dreams Ethics-Committing to always doing the right thing guided by integrity and transparency PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job responsibilities.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit for extended periods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, bend, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

Repetitive motion of upper body required for extended use of computer.

Required specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job responsibilities.

Works within well-lit, ventilated and climate controlled office environment with routine office equipment; some equipment has moving mechanical parts.

If working within corporate office, noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.