Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)
Location: New Orleans , LA
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The COA is a basic level position to the ophthalmic technician team in the Eye Center. The candidate will be responsible for performing basic patient examinations to include history, visual acuity assessment, retinoscopy and refractometry, lensometry, confrontation and automated visual field exams and pupil assessments. In addition, the ophthalmic assistant will learn and perform some of the administrative support functions that the technician team performs in the Eye Center.
The COA, at the time of hire, must be able to perform patient histories, visual field examinations, retinoscopy and refractometry, lensometry, assist ophthalmic technician staff, assist administrative staff, observe and learn medical/technical ophthalmic procedures, prepare for and other clinic duties as assigned. The COA must pass the Certified Ophthalmic Technician exam after one year of hire.
None for this position.
Any college level degrees or training in optics, optometry, or ophthalmology is preferred. Experience in a medical facility, specifically of optometry or ophthalmology a plus.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Requires a general educational background equivalent to a high school diploma or GED.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. The ability to write routine reports and/or correspondence. Ability to speak and listen effectively to patients, employees, and medical staff.
Ability to add and subtract both negative and positive numbers, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.
Ability to apply common sense understanding and to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. The ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized clinic situations.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant preferred.
Must have normal or correctable vision, and hearing. Must have normal motor function including eye – hand coordination and the ability to maneuver in small dimly lit spaces. 75% of the time will be spent on your feet walking in clinic, escorting, observing, testing and assisting patients. 20% of the time you will have the opportunity to sit and do administrative/medical record functions, and 5% of the time may be spent handling and/or moving equipment.
The work environment will be a medical clinic located in a high rise building. The building is a non-smoking facility. A dress code is in place.