An ophthalmic assistant works as an assistant to either one ophthalmologist or a group of ophthalmologists. An ophthalmic assistant works directly with patients as well as with patient records in an ophthalmology office. In general an ophthalmic assistant meets with a patient before their scheduled appointment to take the patient's history concerning their general health and the health of their eyes. The ophthalmic assistant also usually asks patients if they have particular concerns they want to address with the ophthalmologist and if they have a preference for glasses or contacts (if needed). Ophthalmic assistants must also be able to record the information obtained during the patient encounter in the patient's chart accurately.
Ophthalmic Assistant Tasks
Coordinate patient care and influx of patients.
Provide technical ophthalmic and administrative assistance.
Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
Assist ophthalmologist with office patient procedures.