Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary
Job Description for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)
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.Read More...
COTs generally work in an ophthalmology office, usually directly under the ophthalmologist. Other colleagues include assistants and secretaries, but COTs spend most of their time working directly with the patients. This job generally takes place during regular business hours, although alternative hours may be required depending on when their office is open. Physical requirements for this position may include aiding patients with disabilities and cleaning and maintaining equipment.
Generally, relevant certifications are required to be a COT; these certifications are obtained from organizations such as the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). Prior experience is often preferred, as is general knowledge on working in a medical environment. A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required as well.
Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Tasks
- 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.
- Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
- Record, review and verify patient information.
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Popular Skills for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)
Certified Ophthalmic Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in RETINOSCOPY, refracting, Refraction, and Surgical Assisting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. It is often found that people who know Electronic Medical Records are also skilled in Medical Photography.
Pay by Experience Level for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Certified Ophthalmic Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. During the first five years of their careers, Certified Ophthalmic Technicians see a median income of $35K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Ophthalmic Technicians make a median salary of $44K. Certified Ophthalmic Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.