University of Rochester Ophthalmic Technologist III in Rochester, New York


Time as Reported Grade 092 Ophthalmology


8 AM-6 PM


Position Summary: Ophthalmic Technicians will assist all Faculty, Fellows and Residents in providing medical eye care for the Flaum Eye Institute/Department of Ophthalmology. Technicians are expected to be able to work in any of the following specialty areas within the Department as assigned. Areas include: Comprehensive, Cornea, Glaucoma, Neuro, Optometry and Retina. Technicians are also required to assist with performing specific diagnostic testing such as Visual Field Testing and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, technicians will be responsible to work in other clinical or non-clinical areas as needed.

An Ophthalmology Tech III will be spending most of the time working with patients and supporting physicians as indicated below. Approximately 90% of the employee’s time is involved in patient care gathering necessary information for the physician, initial patient screening work up and assessment and performing certain diagnostic testing required to properly care for the patient in accordance with any eye related problems and the sub-specialty they may be working in.

Typical Duties

  • Works along with physician in starting a patient for an eye examination performing the following possible items:
  • Obtains medical and ocular history, chief complaint and interviews patient.
  • Obtains vital signs as necessary including height, weight, pulse and blood pressure.
  • Obtains visual acuity both at distance and near, using pinhole technique as necessary. Able to exam a newborn child, infant or small child in being able to check vision function using methods of “fix and follow” or “central, steady, maintained.”
  • Neutralizes glasses in determining patient’s current glass prescription to provide the physician of the current eyeglasses a patient may be wearing.
  • Performs automated refractions as required to provide the physician with estimations of the patient’s refractive error.
  • Performs pupillary examination to check for irregular pupils and reactions. Refractive center technicians will have to know how to use computerized pupillometry.
  • Checks confrontational fields to determine any gross visual field defects.
  • Checks basic ocular motility to determine any eso/exo or tropias or phorias.
  • Measures the intraocular pressure using a tonopen.
  • * Performs diagnostic testing or services as needed and requested by the physician:*
  • Basic color vision screening using Ishihara or HRR plates.
  • Automated visual field testing, Humphrey Visual Field.
  • Corneal topographies for corneal measurements associated with contact lens fittings, corneal disease or surgical management on the orbscan.
  • Uses a pachymeter to measure corneal thickness.
  • Has basic contact lens knowledge and is able to insert and remove contacts lenses or teach a patient insertion and removal techniques and contact lens care.
  • Performs specialized visual acuity testing including a potential acuity meter (PAM), laser interferometry (LI) and brightness acuity tester (BAT).
  • Other non-patient duties are required including the following items:
  • Performs clinical-clerical office duties, which would include checking schedules, checking for request forms in advance, printing up results, ordering contact lenses and supplies for resident clinic and diagnostic services, and related administrative activities deemed necessary by the department.
  • Stocks rooms according to practice needs and adheres to hospital polices in regards to locked items, sharps, checking medication for expired dates and opened dates.
  • The employee will be involved with on-the-job training, reading and courses and should be part of their job to obtain a COA level of certification (first level of certification). In addition the folloing skill sets describe below:
  • CPR and obtain CPR certification (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation).
  • Ocular anatomy and physiology.
  • Basic tonometry.
  • Ophthalmic equipment maintenance and simple repairs.
  • Common eye disorders including cataracts, retinal diseases, corneal diseases and glaucoma.
  • Common systemic problems that affect the eyes.
  • Understands ocular injuries and urgent care.
  • Has basic ocular pharmacology knowledge of drops and medications used for eye examinations. Is able to identify the purpose of these commonly used medications including proper administration, dosage, durations, common side effects, and know hospital policy about shelf life of these medications.


A 2 year college education, including related optometry, ophthalmology and/or technical training with certification by the registry of the Joint Commission of Allied Health in Personnel Ophthalmology, or other nationally recognized professional certifying body; or a 2 year college education in an appropriate science and 2 years of closely related clinical experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Job Title: Ophthalmic Technologist III

Location: Medical Faculty Group

Job ID: 209768

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: TAR