Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Salary
For Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants, hourly average wages total $18.24 per hour. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants making up 79 percent. Work is enjoyable for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's 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.
Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $38K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $40K. On average, Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants make $38K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $52K.