Johns Hopkins University CO Ophthalmic Technician in Baltimore, Maryland

Salary: $18.12 - $24.92

Status: Full Time, Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm 40 hrs.

School: School of Medicine

Department: Ophthalmology

Location: School of Medicine Campus

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

*General Description*

Primary Purpose: Under broad guidelines, with a high level of independence, assist the Ophthalmologist by performing ocular examination, testing and supporting clinical operations.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Obtain and concisely record an accurate patient history; Chief complaint; past ocular history; Family history;Systemic illnesses Medications; Allergies and drug reactions; Social history; Basic skills and lensometry. Measure visual acuity at distance and near utilizing test appropriate for age and education, and records accurately. Perform pinhole testing when indicated. Perform and record contrast sensitivity. Perform Ishihara or HRR color vision testing. Accurately measure and record current lens power with a lensometer. Perform and record exophthalmometry. Perform and record Amsler grid. Perform and record Schirmer testing. Evaluate pupillary reactions, including afferent pupillary defect. Estimate anterior chamber depth. Able to properly operate common non-automated and automated ophthalmic equipment including, but not limited to: IOL Master, Orb-scan, bright field acuity testing (BAT), potential acuity meter (PAM), autorefractor, corneal pachymetry, Humphrey visual field, Goldmann visual field, OCT, -and Lenstar.

Patient Services

Apply proper ocular dressings and shields. Follow divisional protocols for eye drop instillation, including cycloplegics and topical anesthetics. Properly instill eye drops; Label newly opened bottles with expiration dates. Understand the indications / contraindications for use in dilation, Measure interpupillary distances, evaluate spectacle fit. Properly assist physically or visually disabled patients. Adhere to regulations regarding drug samples and drug sample logs. Facilitate timely flow of patients from screening to exam rooms.

Basic Tonometry

Perform accurate Goldmann applanation tonometry and properly disinfect the tonometer. Perform accurate Tono-pen tonometry and properly disinfect and store the tonometer. Perform accurate Eye Care tonometry. Understand the principals of scleral rigidity and the factors that alter intraocular pressure.

Instrument Maintenance

Perform routine instrument maintenance on all ophthalmic equipment. Stock examination rooms in assigned area and ensure medication expiration dates are current. Disinfect and maintain examination rooms. Collect and prepare instruments for transport to sterilization center.

Additional duties and responsibilities :

  • Surgical assisting with minor outpatient procedures; basic instrument care. Perform basic slit lamp evaluation of anterior chamber depth. Perform protocol refractometry or other testing for clinical trials. Instruct patients in contact lens care, insertion and removal. Facilitate/route patient medication refills.

  • Provide other duties that may be assigned.


Minimum of a High School diploma or General Education Degree.

Must obtain Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) from Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) within 18 months of start date. Must maintain certification while employed at Wilmer. Failure to obtain/maintain certification might result in termination of employment at Wilmer. Mathematics: able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, addition and subtraction of positive and negative numbers.

Language: able to comprehend simple instructions and short correspondence. Able to create simple correspondence. Able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to patients and other employees.

Reasoning: able to comprehend and execute instructions. Able to manage situations with more than one variable.

Additional skills:

  • Familiarity with the operation of computers. Familiarity with ophthalmic and general medical terminology. Ability to enter information into the computer system.

  • Availability of assistance or information to solve problems. Lead technicians, residents, fellows and attending physicians. Divisional clinical supervisor. Wilmer Library.

Internal: Clinic employees: give or receive factual information, receive or refer inquiries, communicate patient information. Division heads, managers, supervisors, and physicians: give or receive factual information, receive or refer inquiries, communicate patient information.

*External: *Patients and their families: explain difficult information, requiring social judgment, patience and understanding. Includes instructing in methods and procedures and explaining diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.

Must be able to remain in stationary position for 50% of the time Ability to move about to escort patients to the exam rooms and different departments, gather and replace supplies, and stock rooms. Constantly positions self to adjust ophthalmic equipment in order to perform exams. Ability to manipulate extremely small objects. The person in this position frequently communicates with patients .Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations. Ability to safely utilize various types of Ophthalmic Equipment to directly contact the patients eye. Occasionally lifts and transports supplies up to 20 lbs. Ability to concentrate on instruments and other visual stimuli observation of and rapid reaction to changeable situations.