Ophthalmic Technologist (OA, COA, COT, COMT)
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Take advantage of this opportunity to join UT Southwestern Medical Center – ranked one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Dallas Business Journal. Due to our continued growth, UT Southwestern Medical Center is seeking an Ophthalmic Technologist.
The Department of Ophthalmology will consider Ophthalmic Assistants, Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, Certified Ophthalmic Techs and Certified Ophthalmic Medical Techs for this role. Varying levels of experience and education will be required for specific job titles.
- Assists ophthalmologists in treatment and care of patients by performing a variety of technical duties.
- Obtains medical histories of patients, including past ocular history, family history, previous adverse drug reactions and allergies, systemic illnesses, and current medications.
- Tests ocular functions, including distance and near visual acuity, color vision, muscle balance, intra-ocular tension, auto refraction, retinoscopy, and lensometry (reading spectacles).
- Fits all types of contact lenses using keratometer; instructs patients in care and insertion of lenses.
- Assists physicians in minor office surgery.
- Administers medications as directed by ophthalmologists; changes dressings and instructs patients in home care.
- Maintains inventory of consumable supplies, medications, and small instruments.
- Maintains ophthalmic instruments, such as visual acuity projectors, direct and indirect ophthalmoscopes, retinoscopes, muscle lights, etc. by cleaning exposed lenses, mirrors, prisms, and replacing burned out bulbs.
- Instructs ophthalmic assistants in clinic routine and in standard ophthalmic procedures.
- Duties performed may include one or more of the following core functions: (a) Directly interacting with or caring for patients; (b) Directly interacting with or caring for human-subjects research participants; (c) Regularly maintaining, modifying, releasing or similarly affecting patient records (including patient financial records); or (d) Regularly maintaining, modifying, releasing or similarly affecting human-subjects research records.
Varying levels of Experience and Education will be required for specific job titles. Please ensure your application/resume notes which area you are directly applying for.
Experience and Education - Ophthalmic Assistant
- High school graduation plus completion of basic and advanced home-study courses approved by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
- Two years of experience including one year in medical or related field
- Prefer completion of the home study course for Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology within one year of hire date
Experience and Education - Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
- High school graduation or equivalent plus one (1) year of work experience in Ophthalmology (clinical program practicum experience preferred)
- One (1) year of college preferred
- Must complete the home study course for Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
- Certified as COA by JCAHPO
Experience and Education - Certified Ophthalmic Technician
- Graduation from accredited approved program for Ophthalmic Technicians
- One (1) year experience as Ophthalmic Assistant or equivalent
- Certification as Ophthalmic Technician by Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO or CAHEA)
Experience and Education - Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician
- Bachelor's degree in Science or related field, and successful completion of accredited ophthalmic medical assistant program
- Certification as Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist by Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO, or CAHEA), and two (2) years relevant experience
This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information
To learn more and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.utsouthwestern.edu/ophtechs
About UT Southwestern Medical Center:
UT Southwestern Medical Center ranks among the top academic medical centers with more active Nobel Prize winners than any other medical school in the world. As a premier educational, clinical and research institution, UT Southwestern is home to more than 2,000 distinguished scientists, physicians and allied health professionals. Our University Hospital has achieved Magnet Recognition® by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), joining only 7% of hospitals in the United States.
UT Southwestern is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.