Ophthalmology Assistant

Job Number 69704
Posted 2/3/2020
Account Northern Light AR Gould Hospital
Department AR Gould Eye Care Services
Location |ME| AR Gould Hospital, ME 04769
Schedule Casual Part Time (TAMC)
Shift Day
Hours 0700-1730

Using AR Gould's Standards of Behavior-demonstrate professionalism at all times with patients and co-workers. A team player is necessary for this position of variable skills, organization and independent working environment. Fast paced setting requires independent thinking and ability and willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changes.

Ophthalmic Assistant will be supervised by the clinical supervisor and managed by the Manager overseeing the Practice. He/she will report directly to the Clinical Supervisor or directly to the Manager/ in the absence of Clinical Supervisor for assistance/questions/concerns/issues regarding responsibilities.


1.Patient Care - Escort patients into exam room and perform initial evaluation, including chief complaint, medical and ophthalmic history, visual acuity and refraction, evaluation of pupils, tonometry, slit lamp examination for chamber depth and rubeosis, and tonometry.
2.Perform diagnostic tests that may be required depending on the clinical situation, including keratometry, IOL measurements, corneal topography, pachymetry, optical coherence tomography (OCT), visual fields and retinal photography.
3.Prepare all necessary forms needed to obtain patient consent.
4.Organize instruments and supplies and prepare sterile field.
5.Cleans room
6.Sets up room for and assists with laser procedures, surgical procedures and intraocular procedures.
7.Monitor patient flow.
8.Transcribe for physician, when available.
9.Patient education.
10. Maintain mandatory education compliance.
11. Monitor patient flow. Direct physician to the next appropriate room.
12. Give reports to optometrists' and other physicians' offices when appropriate.
13. Assist in screening patients' telephone calls and "walk-ins". Answer patient's questions and concerns as appropriate. Consults with provider as indicated.
14. Monitor and restock inventory of clinical and medical supplies.

Assist other staff and providers as required with special projects and requests.


1.No license is required.
2.Ophthalmic Assistant will be expected to successfully complete Home Study Course for Ophthalmic Assisting within the first year of employment.
3.Following successful completion of Home Study Course in Ophthalmic Assisting, the Ophthalmic Assistant will be expected to achieve certification as Certified Ophthalmic Assistant within one year or within the allowed time frame as specified by JCAHPO.
4. College degree preferred or equivalent experience.
5. BLS is required within the first week of employment. Employees must maintain CPR certification throughout employment when in a clinical position.
6. De-escalation and workplace violence training will be completed at hire prior to release from orientation


Weekdays, but may infrequently require some early morning and/or evening hours.


High school diploma or G.E.D;

Math/Arithmetic – Must be able to add, subtract, divide, perform calculations with fractions, and calculate percentages.
Previous completion of, or eligible to complete, the Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Course.
Previous experience as an Ophthalmology Assistant or comparable patient care experience.
Demonstrated strength in patient teaching/education.
BCLS Certified.

NECESSARY EQUIPMENT: Computer, Telephone


1.Sitting: Up to 3 hours per day
2.Standing. Up to 7 hours/day
3.Walking. Up to 7 hours/day
4.Lifting/Carrying. Up to 20 lbs occasionally (less than 1/3 of shift or job cycle), and/or up to 10 lbs frequently (up to 2/3 of shift). Heaviest weight lifted approximately 50-100, with assistance, required only when assisting a patient; would occur infrequently.
5.Twisting. Moderately; 130 – 400 twists/day
6.Bending. Up to 3 hours/day
7.Squatting/Kneeling. Moderately.
8.Endurance. . This job is classified as light.
9.ExtremeWrist Position. Moderate deviation of wrist.
10.Pinching. Frequently; Up to 1000 pinches or greater/day, (1000 based on 2 pinches/minute)
11.Hand/Wrist Repetitions. Moderate.
12.Manual Dexterity. Occasional fine motor skills required.
13.Tasks Requiring Use of Either Hand or Dominant Hand. 60%- 100% of shift or job cycle time.
14.Tasks Requiring Use of Both Hands. Up to 60% of shift or job cycle time.
15.Sight. Near Vision, requires 20/20, Far Vision requires 20/40.
16.Hearing. Requires hearing whispered voice at 8 feet.
17.Speech. Must be able to speak full sentences of regular and technical conversation.
18.Exposure to Infection: Slight.


1.High/Low Temperature. Low temperature, below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. High temperature, 70 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.Hazardous Noise. None anticipated under normal working conditions.
3.Working with Others. Great, association is frequent and comprises a major portion of the job.
4. Confined Spaces or Cramped Body Positions. No exposure.
5.Body Injuries. No significant likelihood of traumatic injury - deep cuts, fractures or permanent disabling injuries under normal working conditions.
6.Exposure to/Injury by Moving Objects. No significant likelihood of injury from moving objects or equipment under normal working conditions.
7.Toxic Conditions. Slight.
8.Role Ambiguity. Slight, rarely is it not clear what others expect of the worker.


1.Problem-Solving Skills. Frequent problem-solving skills required.
2.Judgment/Assessment. Continuously assesses situations and determines corrective actions needed.
3.Reading/Comprehension. Must be able to read and comprehend greater than Grade 12 level of instructions.
4.Math/Arithmetic. Must be able to add, subtract, multiply, divide, perform fractions, and calculate percentages.


1.Composure Under Working Conditions (including demanding, and/or rude, resi-dents/staff/visitors). Must remain calm and exercise self-control in working relation-ships with patients, staff, and visitors.


1.Willingness to work cooperatively is necessary
2.Ability to maintain professional manner under stress
3.Ability to maintain high degree of confidentiality

Equal Opportunity Employment
We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, protected veteran status, national origin, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

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