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Ophthalmic Medical Assistant

Ophthalmic Medical Assistant

Ophthalmic Medical Assistants help ophthalmologists provide eye care. They conduct diagnostic tests, measure and record vision, and test eye muscle function. They also show patients how to insert, remove, and care for contact lenses, and they apply eye dressings. They maintain optical and surgical instruments, may assist the ophthalmologist in surgery, and, under the direction of the physician, may administer eye medications.

Salary Range: $24,810 – $51,330

Salary Notes: The annual mean salary in Vermont is $41,090

Where you can study:
Middlesex Community College [1], Middletown, Middletown, CT

Where you might work:
– Clinics – Department Stores – Offices of Optometry and Ophthalmology – Retail Optical Stores

Job Outlook: Employment of ophthalmic medical assistants is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2024; job prospects should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, particularly for those with certification.

Education, Licensing and Certification: Completion of a training program plus an additional six months of clinical experience enables ophthalmic medical assistants to take the national certifying exam (three levels) given by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

Professional Organizations:
Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology [2] 800-284-3937