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    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.

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    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.
    Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
    Telework: N/A
    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

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/616936900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.