Health Technicians (Ophthalmology) in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) perform functions such as technical clinical care to patients who have received care provided by Ophthalmologists for diagnosis, treatment, prevention, follow-up care and patient counseling. This position is part of the Surgical Services and is located at Newington, CT.Learn more about this agency
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Checks calibration of screening instruments.
- Obtains patient physical history, to include chief complaint; reason for visit; pertinent signs/symptoms; past history both ocular and general; family history both ocular and general; social history; and review of medications and allergies, including current ocular prescription and non-prescription medications.
- Accurately tests visual acuity at distance and near, with and without correction or with and without a pinhole.
- Measures eyeglass prescription using manual or automated lensometer, recording sphere, cylinder, axis, and prism in both plus and minus cylinder.
- Performs pupil evaluation recording pupil size, shape, symmetry, reaction to light and accommodation, and any abnormalities, including relative afferent pupillary defect.
- Performs basic refractometry utilizing an auto refraction or habitual glass prescription in the phoropter.
- Instills eye medications (i.e., drops or ointments, including anesthetic, dye, dilation, cycloplegic, or antibiotics.
- Measures intraocular pressure of the eye utilizing techniques, including Goldmann applanation tonometry.
- Performs pachymetry to determine corneal thickness and manual keratometry or automated topography to determine corneal curvature.
- Performs intra-ocular lens calculations using the IOL Master.
- Performs automated visual field testing using various perimetry machines.
- Performs external photographs and fundus photography.
- Performs optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the anterior segment, retina and optic nerve.
- Performs patient screening and triage of potentially urgent ocular conditions.
- Assists during clinic-based ophthalmic surgery, including revision of wounds, biopsies of the eyelid lesions, cultures of conjunctiva, or cornea; reformation of anterior chamber, evacuation of hyphema, repositioning of corneal endothelial grafts, intra-vitreous injections, and laser surgical procedures.
- Educates patients and legal authorized representatives in eye care, including preoperative and postoperative instructions.
- Assists in the education and training of medical students, residents and fellows in those facilities with medical school affiliations.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Title/Functional Statement #:HEALTH TECHNICIAN (OPHTHALMOLO/PD000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: N/A
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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