Ophthalmology is the study and care of all things related to your eyeballs, and an ophthalmic assistant (pronounced off-thal-mik) helps the main doctor, the ophthalmologist. The ophthalmic assistant helps the ophthalmologist with ophthalmologic care. Phew, say that three times fast!
Don’t be confused. Check out more of what would be expected of you if you became an ophthalmic assistant and what your responsibilities might include:
Get Eye Educated
There is a lot more to your eyes than meets the eye. As part of any eye education, you need an in-depth understanding of all things related to how we see each and every day. The mechanics behind the eye, the different ailments that can affect your sight, and various ways to treat illnesses and injuries. It may appear small and simple on the outside, but just below the surface there is so much more to explore.
Become an Examination Expert
If you’ve ever been to an eye doctor, you know there are a lot of small tests that, somehow, bring doctors to a conclusion about your eyesight. As an ophthalmic assistant, you’ll get the process started. You will conduct some basic exams, like vision tests and ocular pressure measurements, and keep exam areas, equipment, and supplies in tip-top shape. You’ll also help patients stay calm. Many people are uncomfortable with their own finger being close to their eye, let alone a giant ocular machine. And some people hate those eye drops that dilate their pupils. While the larger, scarier tests are performed by an ophthalmologist, it will be your job to get the patient ready and help them understand the procedures they’re about to undergo. After all, not everyone understands the eye like you do!
Ensure Office Efficiency
As an ophthalmic assistant, it is also your job to keep everything on track. You will schedule appointments and procedures. You’ll obtain medical records, update patient histories, and ask some preliminary questions. Family history needs to be documented so it can be taken into account during a diagnosis. The past will always help make the present eye situation that much clearer to see. For you, the patient, and the doctor. No two patients are alike, and their eyes are just as unique as they are.
If you want to know more about both how your own eyes work, and how to make a career all about the eye, check out the Ophthalmic Assistant Program at Career Quest Learning Centers. Give us a call in Jackson at 877-365-8144 or Lansing at 877-481- 4930 to learn more now.