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Ophthalmic Assistant, Certified

Greensboro, NC, United States
Job ID: 120101
Job Family: Patient Care Support
Status: Full Time
Shift: Day
Job Type: Regular
Department Name: 35521090433021-Ophthalmology


*This job qualifies for a $6,000 sign-on bonus, provided the candidate meets the eligibility requirements! *

JOB SUMMARY: Provides preliminary screening exam and ophthalmic diagnostic tests under the direct supervision of an ophthalmologist/optometrist providing pertinent information needed for ophthalmic exam and care of the patient.


  • High School diploma or GED equivalent.
  • One year work experience, preferably in an eye-related field. 
  • Previous work experience in ophthalmology preferred.


  • Certification by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel (JCAHPO) in Ophthalmology at the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) level. 
  • CPR certification (American Heart Association OR American Red Cross) required. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1. Performs preliminary screenings as ordered via physician including but not limited to providing detailed patient medical/ocular histories, obtaining visual acuity, tonometry, lensometry, pupil exam, instilling ocular medication, and visual field testing. 2. Maintains assigned ophthalmic exam lanes/equipment in clinic. Cleans ophthalmic equipment in exam rooms according to guidelines. Maintains physical environment of exam rooms. 3. Ensures exam room/lane are stocked appropriately. 4. Interacts with patients/families, coworkers, and physicians in professional courteous manner always. Always maintain patient confidentiality. Always contributes to the positive atmosphere of the workplace. 5. Participates in own professional development by maintaining required competencies, required continuing education hours to maintain certification according to JCAHPO guidelines. Maintains current CPR certification during employment. 6. Under the direction of the physician may perform prescription refill following standard guidelines. 7. Demonstrates dedication to patient service and care by serving as a role model in always delivering quality patient care. 8. Performs other job duties incidental to the work described here in and based on Certification level.


  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Computer skills, work experience with Electronic Medical Record preferred.
  • Solid understanding of ophthalmic practice and care of ophthalmic patients.
  • Knowledge of ophthalmic instrumentation.
  • Proficient in basic preliminary ophthalmic testing according to certification COA.
  • Ability to multitask with efficiency. 
  • Understands the need for efficient use of time.
  • Ability to recognize common safety hazards and take precautions to establish a safe work surrounding.
  • Ability to withstand long periods of standing and walking.
  • Focused and organized, always working as a team player.


  • Clean, comfortable, office environment. 
  • Moderate noise level.