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Joslin Diabetes Center

Ophthalmic Assistant or Technician

Joslin Diabetes Center - Boston, MA

The Ophthalmic Technician assists the ophthalmologists and optometrists in preparing patients for their appointments by taking medical/ocular histories, performing standard entrance tests, visual acuity and refraction as well as slit lamp examination of the anterior segment on patients. Will also provide support to Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Center. May also assist the ophthalmologists in various minor surgical procedures including laser treatments.

Hours are 8:30 am-5:00 pm (Monday-Friday).

Prepares patients for ophthalmologic or optometric examination by obtaining ocular and medical history and accurately entering the information into the electronic medical record.
Performs standard entrance tests on patients, specifically: visual function tests including refraction; lensometry and keratometry. Performs ocular health assessment including examination of the pupils and extraocular muscles; slit-lamp examination of the anterior segment and applanation tonometry. Based on the exam findings, determines and recommends further diagnostic testing as warranted or per the direction of the ophthalmologist or optometrist.
Performs specialized ophthalmic tests as ordered by the ophthalmologist or Optometrist, including Hertel exophthalmometry, stereo vision testing, Humphrey visual fields, and color vision: Ishihara, and D-15.  After successful department training, will provide support for the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Center by performing OCTs (Optical Coherence Tomography), digital retinal imaging, digital anterior segment imaging, IOL master and ophthalmic ultrasound.
Assists the ophthalmologists in performing laser photocoagulation and minor procedures such as lid lesion removal. Instills anesthetic drops in patient\u2019s eyes, hands instruments to the Ophthalmologist, and helps to rinse eyes after procedure is done. May help with adjusting the settings of the laser.
Will be trained to become certified in all our clinical research studies.
Other duties as assigned.


High School diploma or equivalent
Minimum of 5 year\u2019s experience as an Ophthalmic Technician; amy consider less if viable skill set
JCAHPO certification at level of Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) is preferred. COA certification must be obtained within the first year of employment.
Clinical Trial Certification in refraction and acuity testing within first year of hire followed by optical coherence tomography and ophthalmic photography required within three years
Ability to lift 50 lbs to assist non-ambulatory patients into examination chair and to transport patients via wheelchair
Ability to perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload and assignments based on changing needs of the BEI
Ability to evaluate complex eye disease and needs
Ability to operate complex ophthalmic equipment (or willingness to be trained on how to operate the equipment)
Working knowledge of the keyboard and computer to enter patients\u2019 information into the electronic medical record
Ability to consistently perform detailed work to ensure accuracy in testing
Ability to maintain a professional and discreet demeanor at all times when responding to patients, visitors and co-workers
Demonstrated ability to adhere to HIPAA policy and maintain patient confidentiality
Ability to prioritize tasks to complete work in a timely manner
Ability to work independently with minimal direction and to also collaborate with colleagues to address mutual concerns and participate in a solution

Joslin Diabetes Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

9 days 13 hours ago

Joslin Diabetes Center


Ophthalmic Assistant or Technician Joslin Diabetes Center - Boston, MA, United States


Location: Boston, MA

Company Profile:
Joslin Diabetes Center, a teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a one-of-a-kind institution on the front lines of the world epidemic of diabetes — leading the battle to conquer diabetes in all of its forms through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to clinical care and education.