Ophthalmic Assistant

Denise L. Krok, COE, CPSS, ST - Aiken, SC
Posted: August 18, 2019

JOB SUMMARY:     

We are a leading Ophthalmology practice with two locations in North Augusta and Aiken, South Carolina seeking an experienced ophthalmic professional to join our fast-paced growing family. 

Experience or Certification is preferred but we are willing to train the right individual.   

This individual is responsible for performing an extensive number of data-collection functions, as delegated by the physician, to allow for proper, professional diagnosis of patients’ conditions.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ophthalmic Assistant skills as outlined by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).
  • Empathetic personality giving attention to patient’s needs and concerns.
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Computer literacy.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Communication & Patient Care
  • Greets patients and visitors in a prompt and courteous and helpful manner
  • Explains to patient what they should expect from their visit.
  • Review patients chart prior to exam to anticipate procedures and supplies or equipment that may be needed.
  • Completes a detailed patient history, which includes: past medical history (systemic and ocular), family medical history (systemic and ocular), medication history (systemic and ocular), and the chief complaint (the reason for the visit)
  • Transcribes results of patient’s exams on medical record as physician(s) orally dictate during patient exam in direct accordance to established guidelines.
  • Updates all patient information in EMR as needed.
  • Ensures route slips are complete and accurate
  • Instruct patients both verbally and with written instruction regarding medications and treatment.  Answers patient questions and follows up with patient as needed.
  • Escorts patients to appropriate area for appropriate testing / screening
  • Assists physician(s) by obtaining supplies as needed during patient care
  • Performs visual acuity tests on patients in accordance to established guidelines
  • Assists patient flow
  • Ensures patient chart is put up in a timely manner for the physician after the technician encounter
  • Check on eligibility of patients insurance prior to running additional tests
  • Performs manual and/or auto-refraction and manual and/or auto-lensometry tests as needed on patients in accordance with established guidelines
  • Performs applanation or Tono Pen tonometry on patients in accordance with established guidelines
  • Instills mydriatic agent(s) to patient(s) eye(s) if required, performs pupil assessment prior to installation of mydriatic agents in accordance with established guidelines.
  • Performs OCT-3, Corneal Topography, Pachymetry, IOL Master, A-Scan, Visual Field, Glare, BAT, PAM, Color Vision, Stereo, Amsler Grid, Confrontational Visual Field, External and Fundus Photography, Schirmer’s tear testing, and any other ancillary tests in accordance with established policy, procedures, and guidelines
  • Routinely asks patients if they need prescription refills and prepares them for MD signature, accurately records patient’s compliance with prescribed ocular medications.
  • Reviews patients EMR chart and documents test and examination results accurately and efficiently and in accordance with established guidelines
  • Is able to do spherical / toric and multifocal contact lens fittings and follow up.
  • Is able to insert and remove both hard and soft contact lenses, and is able to help educate patient regarding insertion, care and removal.
  • Demonstrates procedures to ensure patient awareness and understanding
  • Clean and sterilize equipment and maintain autoclave in accordance with established guidelines
  • Stocking of supplies on an ongoing basis to keep current stock requirements
  • Cleaning of patient rooms in relation to testing and equipment
  • Demonstrates compliance with all provisions of safety rules and other policies and procedures
  • Check expiration of medications and supplies and follow up as appropriate and in accordance with established guidelines and policies
  • Attends required staff meetings
  • Maintains strictest patient and professional confidentiality
  • Performs related work as needed to ensure office efficiency and quality patient care.
  • Abides by office policy and procedures as outlined in the employee office manual.
  • Must rotate through all of our satellite offices
  • Must adhere to Aiken Ophthalmology Teamwork Policy
  • Seeks advice from more senior staff as necessary, never performing beyond capabilities.
  • Performs other duties, as required.

PHYSICAL ABILIITES:

  • Must be able to walk and stand for entire work shift.
  • Must be able to move frequently from standing and sitting depending on exam room configuration during clinic sessions.
  • Must be able to type or write legibly in a dimly-lit setting.
  • Must be able to hear softly spoken words.
  • Must be able to add support for elderly patients getting in and out of exam chairs.
  • Lifting required up to 40 pounds.

 


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Denise L. Krok, COE, CPSS, ST

Denise L. Krok, COE, CPSS, ST

Aiken, SC

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