Career Opportunity

Ophthalmic Assistant (OA or COA)

General Summary
To perform an extensive number of data collection functions as delegated by the physician to allow for proper professional diagnosis of patient’s conditions and to do so in a way that instills patient confidence in the treatment.
Essential Job Responsibilties
      ●  Strong communication and interpersonal skills

●  Well organized with attention to detail

●  Analytical

●  Problem solver

●  Personable and empathetic with patient’s needs and concerns

●  Ability to work as a team member

Education, Certification and License Requirements
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Preferably certified as an Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Maintain current level of JCAHPO certification yearly
  • Maintain certification in CPR.
  • Preferably 1-year experience in ophthalmic or optometric practice
  • Contact lens experience desired
  • Working knowledge of all aspects regarding ophthalmic care.
Other Requirements
1.     Patient Care

●  Open exam rooms at the beginning of the shift, ensure all equipment is clean and ready for the doctor

●  Stock all necessary supplies

●  Clean all equipment and close down exam rooms at the end of the day

●  Performs and documents subjective and objective ophthalmic testing efficiently to provide basic information necessary for ophthalmic examinations.  This includes but is not limited to: history, visual acuities, lensometry (manual and auto), keratometry (manual and automated) visual fields, tonometry, assisting with office procedures, scribing, neutralization of contact lenses, perform I&R’s,

documentation of contact lens orders and pricing, cleaning and polishing of contact lenses

● Acquaint all patients with the office procedures to which they will be exposed.  Inform patients of the purpose of all tests personally performed and how they will be affected during the tests.

●  Support clinic team and perform other duties as assigned.

2.     Communication

●  Interact with Clinic Manager, MD’s, OD’s, Executive Director

●  Interact with other members of the clinical team


Must enroll in Home Study Program for Ophthalmic Assistants following successful completion of 90 day probation period.

Must take the JCAHPO exam for certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistants within 1 year from start of Home Study Program and yearly until certification is obtained.  Northwest Eye Clinic will reimburse employee upon successful completion of exam.

Work Environment
  • Professional office setting.
  • Normal indoor working conditions, moderate noise levels, travel to other clinic locations will be required.