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What You Need to Know About the Eye as an Ophthalmic Assistant

Posted: September 12, 2017

Ophthalmic Assistant

Have you ever thought about why people have different eye colors? What colorblindness is all about or how you actually see the world around you? There’s a lot more to the eye than what’s on the surface, and it is the responsibility of an Ophthalmic Assistant to know all about it. If you’re detail-oriented, well-organized, interested in laboratory work and most of all, the eye, this might be the career for you.

If you don’t know all the details of the eye yet, don’t stress. You can learn! Here’s some of what you should know about your eyeballs if you want to be an Ophthalmic Assistant.

How They Work

The eye is similar to a camera. It has a lens and a focusing mechanism, just like a camera. And the lens is actually called a lens, but focusing occurs when the cornea, pupil, iris and retina all work together. When you look at something, you ‘see’ it first with your cornea, which is the outermost layer of the eye, and start to bring it into focus. The light then passes through the lens, which focuses it further. The muscles surrounding the lens adjust for when we look at objects right in front of us versus those farther away. Finally, light passes through what is called the vitreous humor and hits the back of the eye or retina, which is made up of cells called rods and cones. At this point, the light that hits the retina is converted to an image and sent to the brain, which allows you to finally see it!

How They’re Unique

The function of the eye is just the beginning of what you’ll need to know. As an Ophthalmic Assistant, you’ll have to understand more of how this functionality plays into your patients’ everyday lives. Not every set of eyes will behave or look the same, which is why some friends have blue eyes and glasses, and others have brown eyes and trouble seeing the color red. The science behind these differences is what you will use with patients to figure out how their eyes are unique and what kind of treatment the ophthalmologist will provide.

How You’ll Work with Them

Your day-to-day will always fall back on your ocular knowledge. But there’s lots of hands-on tasks you’ll need to do. You’ll perform vision tests and basic eye exams that focus on eye pressure, the pupils, and measuring the fluid pressure inside the eye, among others. If you’ve ever tried to touch your own eyeball, you know it is quite delicate and sensitive. Ophthalmology equipment then, is precise and requires lots of knowledge and control to use correctly. Real world experience will allow you to master this technique to help you become more comfortable and confident that first day on the job. (Hint: This program includes an externship!)

If you could see yourself in an Ophthalmic Assistant career and want to expand your knowledge on the subject, give Career Quest Learning Centers a call in Lansing at 877-481-4930 or Jackson at 877-365-8144 today.