Optometric TechnicianJob Description:
Optometric technicians work alongside optometrists in eye care clinics and practices to provide support in patient care, administrative tasks, and the overall functioning of the clinicJob Category:
What you will do:
Here are the key responsibilities and activities typically associated with the role of optometric technicians:
- greet and check-in patients as they arrive at the clinic
- collect and update patient information, including medical histories, contact information, and insurance details
- conduct preliminary assessments of patients
- perform various diagnostic tests and screenings
- assist with contact lens fittings and teach patients how to insert, remove, and care for their contact lenses
- explain the results of diagnostic tests to patients
- edge and cut lenses to fit frames accurately
- administer visual field tests to assess peripheral vision
- assist with billing procedures, insurance claims, and the coordination of financial matters for patients
- manage appointment schedules
- knowledge of medicine
- science skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
- medical skills
As well as:
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure (adaptability skills)
- the ability to use your judgement and make decisions (leadership skills)
- thinking and reasoning skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
To become an Optometric Technician, specific qualifications are not typically required. However, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial in preparing for a career in this field, which involves assisting optometrists with eye exams, vision tests, and patient care. Here are some subjects that can be valuable for aspiring Optometric Technicians:
- Sciences: Strong grades in biology and chemistry can provide a solid foundation in the natural sciences, which are relevant to understanding eye anatomy, visual health, and basic eye care concepts.
- Mathematics: Basic math skills are essential for performing measurements and calculations related to vision tests and diagnostic procedures.
- English: Excellent communication skills, including reading and writing, are crucial for documenting patient information, explaining procedures, and providing clear instructions to patients.
- Diploma or Certificate in Optometric Technology
Optometric Technician programs are offered by many colleges and vocational schools. These programs typically last one to two years and provide specialized training in optometric technology, including hands-on experience with vision testing instruments and eye exam procedures.
During your training program, you may have opportunities for supervised work experience in optometry practices or clinics. This practical experience is essential for developing your skills and knowledge.
Depending on your location, you may have the option to pursue certification as an Optometric Technician through relevant professional organisations. Certification can enhance your career prospects and demonstrate your competence in the field.
Working Hours and Environment:
Typically you could work 44 to 46 hours a week, including evenings, nights, weekends, or holidays.
You could work in a public or private hospital.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience and further education, optometric technicians may have opportunities for career advancement. They can pursue roles such as lead optometric technician, optometric technologist, or supervisor of optometric services.
Some may choose to specialise in areas like contact lens fitting, vision therapy, or pediatric optometry.