Ophthalmic Technologist Job Description
As an ophthalmic technologist, you perform all duties performed by opticians and technicians, but you have more training and expanded responsibilities. Your additional responsibilities may include the following:
Ophthalmic Technician and Technologist Education
In addition to having your GED or high school diploma, you need to complete a CAAHEP-accredited OT program, usually a 1-year certificate or diploma for assistants and technicians or a 2-year associate degree for technologists.
Coursework for Ophthalmic Techs
You’ll also gain plenty of hands-on clinical experience.
Ophthalmic Technician and Technologist Certification
Certification regulations vary from state-to-state, however many employers consider it a requirement for employment. The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) offers national certification and testing for OTs on three different levels, plus subspecialty certification:
The subspecialty of ophthalmic surgical assisting requires certification in one of the three core levels.
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics; Ophthalmic Medical Technicians.
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.