Position:REFRACTIVE OPHTHALMIC TECHNICIAN
Location:Bethesda, MD

Refractive Ophthalmic Technician will provide services to The Ophthalmology and Laser Vision Center Clinic Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Staff will work in a military hospital-based practice at Walter Reed National Military Medical center caring for active duty personnel, retirees, and family members/dependents of all ages. While specific tasks are outlined as listed below, responsibilities include but are not necessarily inclusive of tasks in which the HCW shall provide.

All services shall be performed in accordance with established principles, practices, and ethics of the medical, and specialty professions/organizations. The standards of performance shall reflect the degree of care, skill, and learning expected of a reasonably prudent Refractive Ophthalmic Technician.

Required Qualification:

  • Have a minimum of 5 years of experience as a CERTIFIED OPHTHALMIC ASSISTANT working in a Military Refractive Eye Surgery Center.
  • Have 5 years of Ophthalmologic Clinic Experience, including: Certification on VISX Star S4, Certification on Allegretto Wave Eye-Q, Certification on Intralase Femtosecond Lase, Skillful operation of Pentacam(Scheimpflug Camera)
  • Skillful operation of Corneal TopographerSkillful operation of Marco Auto-refraction workstation)
  • Maintain JCAHPO certification and BLS Certification
  • Knowledge of AHLTA/CHCS

Staffing and Scheduling:

The HCW shall work no more than 40 hours per week. The hours of performance are Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:00 am to 4:00pm (excluding federal holidays). Shifts shall be 8.5 hours in length with 30 minutes for lunch.  The option for a slightly different or staggered 8.5 hour shift may be available based on the needs of the clinic but is not guaranteed.  Planned absences from assigned duties shall be requested 30 working days in advance notice and in writing to the supervisor.

Job Responsibilities: Refractive Ophthalmic Technician will provide the following services and in strict compliance with standing orders and protocols set forth by the MTF, and IAW JC guidelines to include, but will not necessarily be limited to the following:

  • Measures and record distance and near vision; perform color testing and pinhole vision
  • Performs basic visual acuity tests, basic ocular motility test, Contrast Sensitivity testing, lensometry, Autorefraction, Keratometry, Tonometry, Pupillometry, Corneal Pachymetry, and glare testing.
  • Assess Corneal topography.
  • Performs visual field testing (Automated and Manual).
  • Assists during refractive surgery and ocular surgeries performed in the laser room
  •  Teaches contact lens care
  • Basic knowledge of DICOM communication
  • Experience in using OCT, visual fields, and other applicable ophthalmic device modality to communicate via DICOM standards.
  • Utilizes Modality Work Lists (MWL) to document examinations; reconciles MWL with existing patient databases to minimize medical errors and duplications
  • Assist providers in documenting in the medical record according to the policies and procedures of the organization.
  •  Applies and removes therapeutic lenses
  • Direct the flow of patients: obtain medical and personal data for patients for conditions excluding ocular examination; arrange for laboratory and other tests, ophthalmic photography, outpatient studies and patient admissions and surgery as requested by the physician. Alleviate patient and family concerns by explaining diagnostic procedures and referring specific questions to the doctor.
  • Screens walk-in patients, emergency patients and telephone calls from patients and referring physicians to determine appropriate physician and priority of appointment
  • Perform inspection and preparation of instruments, materials, and equipment to ensure that they are clean and in proper working condition. Sterilize and set up instruments for surgical procedures; assist with minor office surgery, laser treatments, and operating room surgery as required. Perform inventory of assigned examination rooms to ensure adequate supplies are in stock. This shall be coordinated with the supply officer of the CRS (Central Sterile Resupply) Program to ensure all supply requests are met.
  • Adhere to infection control guidelines and practice universal precautions. Be responsible for the safe and effective operation of equipment used in patient care and contributing to a safe working environment. This shall include safe practices of emergency procedures. Proper handling of hazardous materials and maintenance of physical security.