Performs technical support services within the optometry department under the direct supervision of the Optometrist.
• Prepares patients for specific tests that will test or measure their eyes and their vision abilities; cleans testing equipment after patient visits in preparation for the next patient, calibrating machines and readying them to perform testing.
• Performs a variety of tests on patients, including color and depth perception, near and far acuity as well as visual field and macular integrity; records results in accordance with standard procedures to present to the optometrist.
• Answers phone calls and schedules appointments; provides patients with their after- care instructions, giving them prescriptions from the optometrist, providing them with any medication the facility keeps on hand via the optometrist’s orders and making phone calls on behalf of the office.
• Assists in crafting, adjusting and repairing eyeglasses for patients; issues glasses and contact lenses based on the optometrist’s instructions.
• Assists Optometrist during examination by recording pertinent information; assists the doctor during the examination; assists the patient with instructions, education, prescriptions, treatment, eye patches, scheduling follow-up examinations, referrals, etc.
• Conducts inventory of required supplies; orders supplies when necessary; checks incoming supplies and stocks as required.
• Contributes to the overall quality of the unit’s service provision by developing and coordinating work teams and by reviewing, recommending and implementing improved policies and procedures.
• Represents the Pueblo with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
Education and Experience: High School diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED); AND successful completion of formal coursework and certification from an accredited school as an Optometric Technician; AND two (2) years of experience as an Optometry Technician.
Required Certificates, Licenses, And Registrations: Valid State of New Mexico Optometry Technician license. CPR & OSHA certification within six (6) months of date of employment.