Certified ophthalmic technicians (COTs) principally conduct eye tests for patients at an ophthalmology office. Some examples of these tests are contrast sensitivity tests, visual acuity tests, HRR color vision tests, and Amsler grids. All tests must be conducted properly with accurate measurements recorded. Some of these tests require the ability of COTs to operate specialized equipment, such as an autorefractor or a potential acuity meter (PAM). Other services performed by the COT include basic patient services such as applying eye drops, obtaining permissions, and gathering patient history. As a medical position, this job requires the ability to follow the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and regulations for various drugs.
Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Tasks
Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
Record, review and verify patient information.
Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.