Ophthalmic Assistant Job

Full Job Title: Ophthalmic Assistant - Float

Job Number: 17007644

Facility: SSM Health Davis Duehr Dean Eye Care

Location: Madison, WI

Schedule: Full Time, 8 Hour Day, Days

Hours: 8-5 Monday - Friday


Join our team and be part of the talent that makes Davis Duehr Dean exceptional! Ask about our new compensation structure! The Ophthalmic Assistant/Certified Ophthalmic Assistant functions in a Clinic setting performing various visual function procedures as related to delivery of care to eye patients. The OA/ COA is involved in direct patient care for both general and/or preventive eye care and complications related to injury or disease of the eye. The OA/COA 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.

Role Purpose:

The Ophthalmic Assistant - Float participates in the care and treatment of ophthalmic patients at any site. The Ophthalmic Assistant – Float 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.


Is responsible for performing the following functions at any Dean location in which coverage is required.

1. Conduct the history in the manner and format required by the ophthalmologist or supervisor.

2. Assess and record visual acuity.

3. Neutralize and record spectacle prescription by the means of lensometer (manual or automatic).

4. Instruct patient and measure intra ocular pressure (IOP) and record information with the use of an NCT or applanation tonometer.

5. Instruct and measure corneal curvature and record information obtained by a manual and automated keratometer.

6. Instruct and measure stereo acuity and record information obtained.

7. Check pupil response for accommodation, direct light stimulus, consensual light stimulus for pathological conditions; record information.

8. Instill drops on the order of an ophthalmologist while clearly instructing patient, using correct sterile technique with proper medication; record as appropriate.

9. Educate patient on important aspects of eye care by ensuring 1) principles of basic eye care and 2) testing procedures being performed.

10. Order and maintain supplies and materials needed in the assigned work area.

11. Maintain equipment in a preventative maintenance program, i.e. proper handling, care, cleaning, changing bulbs, batteries, etc…

12. Organize, clean and maintain department area.

13. Complete charge slips as appropriate.

14. Assist physicians with paperwork. 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 OA will then review instructions and goals and print the visit summary for the patient.

15. Coordinate surgical packets with appropriate surgical site.

16. Attend and participate in programs offering continuing education.

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

18. Perform automated and Goldman visual fields.

19. Assess and identify facial abnormalities associated with eye problems; records gross external abnormalities from the examination.

20. Perform acuity test (PAM) and brightness acuity test (BAT) and or slide; instruct patients and measure potential acuity; record information.

21. Screen patients and calls for emergency/urgent situations; obtain pertinent information for physician.

22. Must have good general knowledge of contact lenses that include:


b. Gas Permeable

c. Soft

d. Toric

e. Extended wear

Including the ability to use the following instruments for contact lens information; radiuscope, distometer, shadow graph, v-groove, ocular and slit lamp; to include demonstrating insertion/removal and care of contact lenses.

23. Assist Ophthalmologist in laser (YAG, ARGON, or EXCIMER) procedures by preparing equipment and assisting patients for positioned comfort, record surgical information required.

24. Instruct patients and assess anterior chamber depth prior to dilation; record information.

25. Perform related work as required.



1. A diploma/certificate from an accredited Ophthalmic/Optomertic/Optical technical program. OR two years of experience as a 1) practicing Optician, or 2) assisting in an Optometric/Ophthalmic practice. OR Completion of the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology Certified Ophthalmic Assistant examination. OR Military or civilian certification/diploma on an Ophthalmic/Optometric formal course of instruction.

2. Must receive credential as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel (JCAHPO) within one year of start date.

3. Ability to travel to other sites.

About SSM Health Dean Clinic-

Based in Madison, Wis., Dean Clinic 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 is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. Learn More »

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