Ophthalmic Technician

Ophthalmic Technician provides technical services to assigned ophthalmic patients and assists ophthalmologists or optometrists in the examination and treatment of eye disorders. Takes patient history, conducts visual acuity screenings, and performs various technical procedures, including refractometry, tonometry, lensometry, and keratometry. Being an Ophthalmic Technician prepares patients for exams and procedures. Operates, maintains, and sanitizes ophthalmic equipment and instruments. Additionally, Ophthalmic Technician may assist physicians in performing minor surgical and laser procedures. May dispense contact lenses. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager. May require a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) or Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) certification. Ophthalmic Technician’s years of experience requirement may be unspecified. Certification and/or licensing in the position’s specialty is the main requirement.

Ophthalmic Technician Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Ophthalmic Technician to join our team.


  • Follow and enforce OSHA regulations;
  • Operate ophthalmic equipment for patient’s eye examination;
  • To maintain coverage of the doctors schedules as long as patients are in the office. This includes lunches and after office hours, when needed;
  • Assist/cross train in other departments when time permits;
  • Follow all OSHA rules and regulations. Must complete the required OSHA training and quiz within 10 days from date of hire;
  • Maintain all clinical equipment. This includes light bulb changes, calibrations, etc. (Fill in equipment repair list when needed);
  • Patient registration and intake via EMR;
  • Patient scheduling and coordination;
  • Compliance with all practice procedures and protocols;
  • Perform preliminary screening test and be able to recognize and record abnormalities;
  • Ophthalmic instrument technique;
  • Obtaining all appropriate consent forms;
  • Tonometry (measure eye pressure);
  • Maintain confidentiality of all patient records;
  • History taking.


  • At least one (1) year of medical experience;
  • Requires Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) certification by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel within 12-months of hire into position;
  • Requires knowledge and skills necessary to assess and provide care appropriate to the age and developmental level of the patients served;
  • Requires ability to effectively prioritize multiple patient care needs;
  • A minimum of 1years’ experience as an Optometric Assistant or Ophthalmic Assistant;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • COT/COA applicants encouraged to apply; practice supports continuing education;
  • Current certification as a certified ophthalmic technician (COA) or higher; OR;
  • Complete requests for prescription refills as authorized by Physician, with full documentation in patient chart;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to deal effectively with patients, physicians, clinicians and administrators;
  • Social perceptiveness;
  • Set up and assists Physician with minor surgery, laser procedures; maintaining practice standards of sterile technique and infection control;
  • Strong understanding of optics and the ability to perform vision and diagnostic testing;
  • Bi-lingual is a plus, but not a requirement;
  • AA in Ophthalmic Technology from an accredited school; OR.