Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Salary
An average Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $18.19 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a majority, and two in five earn dental coverage. Most Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants survey respondents are women (79 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant
Ophthalmic surgical assistants generally work for ophthalmologists in clinics, hospitals or doctors’ offices. They help ophthalmologists care for their patients, and they must maintain the operating room in accordance with established sterilization techniques. These assistants are responsible for cleaning and sterilizing medical instruments, assisting with surgical procedures, and helping transport patients from waiting rooms to examination or treatment rooms. Ophthalmic surgical assistants may also be required to train new ophthalmic surgical assistants, as well as help keep accurate, up-to-date patient records. They also need to anticipate surgeons' needs (such as related to instruments, sutures and sponges) during surgery, as well as respond to their requests promptly and efficiently. They must follow all relevant protocol, procedures and rules at all times.Read More...
Employers generally require that ophthalmic surgical assistants have position-specific education, often including certification as a certified surgical technologist and/or in ophthalmic surgical assisting. Relevant experience is typically required or preferred as well. Ophthalmic surgical assistants must have excellent interpersonal skills to interact effectively with other care providers and patients; they also need basic computer skills for tasks such as entering patient information into computer databases. They need to be able to follow instructions, communicate effectively and multitask as needed.
Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Tasks
- Wash and sterilize equipment using germicides and sterilizers.
- Position patients and cover with sterile surgical drapes.
- Hand instruments and supplies during eye surgeries, hold retractors and cut sutures, and perform other tasks as directed by surgeon during operation.
- Clean and restock the operating room, placing equipment and supplies and arranging instruments according to instruction.
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Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $38K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants make a median salary of $38K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $50K.
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