Certified Ophthalmic Assistant

SSM Health Dean Medical Group - Baraboo, WI
Posted: October 8, 2018

About SSM Health Dean Clinic-

Dean Clinic based in Madison, WI, consists of a network of more than 60 clinics in south-central Wisconsin. Our more than 500 physicians provide primary, specialty and tertiary care in the clinics as well as eye care through our Davis Duehr Dean locations. Dean Clinic also offers urgent care services and operates outpatient surgery centers. Dean Clinic joined SSM Health in 2013.

SSM Health Davis Duehr Dean Eye Care in Baraboo, WI, is a comprehensive eye clinic that offers ophthalmology, optometry, contact lenses and a full service optical store. Services include:

Comprehensive pediatric and adult eye exams

Pediatric and adult eye disease management and care

Refractive and cataract surgery consultations and post-op care

Glaucoma diagnosis and treatment

Guaranteed contact lens fitting

Latest in fashion eyewear and a one-year warranty on most frames and lenses

Optical Finishing Lab

At SSM Health Davis Duehr Dean Eye Care, you will find a full service optical department featuring a large selection of the latest in fashion forward eyewear. We carry only first quality products using the latest innovative technology. Our experienced staff will help you select personalized eyewear to benefit your lifestyle. We offer free adjustments and maintenance on your eyewear.

Ophthalmic Assistant

Role Purpose:  The Ophthalmic Assistant participates in the care and treatment of ophthalmic patients.  The Ophthalmic Assistant may also act as a scribe by documenting (on behalf of the provider) all clinically relevant interaction and dialogue during the course of the patient visit.


1. Manages patient flow and performs rooming standards.

2. Initiate documentation of the patient’s chief complaint, history of present illness, review of systems, and all pertinent ocular findings accurately and in accordance with compliance guidelines. May perform testing to include visual acuity measurement, color vision testing, lensometry, keratometry, testing pupil function, tonometry, automated perimetry, evaluation of EOMs, confrontation visual field testing, and other patient services as requested by the provider.  Measure and record vital signs including blood pressure, pulse and respirations.  Administer topical ophthalmic and oral medications at the direction of the provider.

3. Escorts patients to other areas of the department for completion of the examination.

4. Collects and records accurate telephone information and relays it to ophthalmic provider or technician.

5. Basic computer scheduling, canceling and coordination of appointment.  Monitor work queues for 24 hour turnover and verification of procedure and diagnosis code.  May act as a scribe by documenting (on behalf of the provider) all clinically relevant interaction and dialogue during the course of the patient visit.  This will include:  documenting history and exam, entering diagnoses, orders (medications, labs, imaging, consults, etc.), diagnoses, E&M, follow up and patient instructions.  The COA will then review instructions and goals and print the visit summary for the patient.  

6. Assist with minor surgery procedures and laser treatments in the office.

Inventory and maintain surgical instruments in accordance with OSHA standards. Remove and apply dressings as directed.

7. Educate patients regarding administration of medications, and pre- and post- operative instructions as directed by physician. Complete requests for prescription refills as authorized by provider with full documentation in patient chart.

8. Screen patients and calls for emergency/urgent situations; obtain pertinent information for provider.

9. Must have a good general knowledge of contact lenses.

10. Orders and maintains supplies and material needed in the assigned work area.

11. Open and close exam lanes daily, ensuring that equipment is cleaned and disinfected in an appropriate manner, battery-powered instruments are seated properly in recharge   wells, slit lamps and projectors are switched off and are under covers. Assist

12.  Coordinates surgical packets with appropriate surgical site.

13. Participate in teaching students when requested, model a high quality practice, participate in orientation of new personnel and their development.

14.  Attends and participates in programs offering continuing education.

15.  Acts as a resource to other health care providers.

16.  Follow all safety procedures as per protocol guidelines.

17. Performs additional medical responsibilities assigned by ophthalmic provider, who supervises and assumes legal responsibilities for these actions

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SSM Health Dean Medical Group

SSM Health Dean Medical Group

Baraboo, WI

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