Ophthalmic Assistant-Winona
Department Optometry-Winona
Location Winona
Schedule/Shift Days
FTE 1 FTE
Benefit Eligible Yes
Temporary Position No
Job Details

Full-time, Days


Performs support functions to the eye practices of the department including pre-testing for appointments and various diagnostic tests.

Job Responsibilities
  • Perform preliminary testing procedures to include measurement and verification of visual acuity and checking intra-ocular pressures. Interview patient to develop statement of visual history.
  • Responsible for administering Humphrey visual field diagnostic procedures as well as OCT analysis of optic nerve and retina.  Other testing may include pentacam, pachymetery, and specular microscope.

  • Coordinate the scheduling of various surgical procedures and preparation of pre-op paperwork. Perform equipment maintenance and minor repairs. May also include outreach travel.
  • Interact with patients, pharmacies, and optical dispensaries in the release and communication of prescriptions and give appropriate advice regarding eye symptoms and problems.
  • Certain other responsibilities may include managing and ordering supplies and inventories in department, contact lens order processing, and instruction in insertion, removal, and handling of contact lenses.
  • May assist in minor surgical procedures including cleaning and sterilization of surgical equipment and intruments as well as assisting the surgeon in the procedure. Could also counsel pre- and post-opeative eye surgery patients regarding eyecare instructions and medication use.
  • Support to refractive surgery program could include informing patients of preoperative and postoperative instructions, set up and clean equipment, and calculate postoperative refractive surgery results.

  • Performs other job-related responsibilities as needed to ensure successful operation of department/vision center.

  • Scope of the Job
    Age Specific Population Served Adolescent (13 - 17 years)
    Pediatric (1 - 12 years)
    Adult (18 - 64 years)
    Geriatric (65 years & older)
    OSHA Category Category I - All Employees in this job title have a reasonably anticipated risk of occupational exposure to blood and/or other potentially infectious materials.
    Position Qualifications
    Education and Experience:
    Required High School Diploma or equivalency 
    Desired High School Diploma or equivalency +   post high school education 

    Work Experience:
    Required 6 months customer service and/or public relations experience.
    Desired 1 year experience as ophthalmic assistant in ophthalmology practice or in vision services.
    Skills:
    Required Ability to...
    Communication excellent oral and written communication skills
    Communication answer telephone inquiries timely and effectively
    Communication effectively communicate in technical and lay language
    Communication have effective expression in individual or group situations including gestures and nonverbal communication
    Communication communicate with ease on a professional level
    Communication communication and demonstration techniques
    General - All Positions work cooperatively with a wide variety of people
    General - All Positions have professional attitude in regard to motivation, cooperation, flexibility, confidentiality, ethics and personal development
    General - All Positions perceive and respond sensitively to the needs of others
    General - All Positions effectively get ideas accepted and to guide a group or individual to accomplish a task
    General - All Positions use listening skills to identify important information in oral communication
    General - All Positions provide excellent customer service to people both inside and outside the organization
    Reasoning/Decision Making self-direct
    Reasoning/Decision Making be professional, honest and have personal integrity
    Reasoning/Decision Making be determined
    Reasoning/Decision Making be flexible
    Reasoning/Decision Making be decisive
    Reasoning/Decision Making appreciate people whose values, goals, and cultures are different from your own
    Reasoning/Decision Making have positive attitude
    Reasoning/Decision Making be patient
    Reasoning/Decision Making develop new skills and keep abreast of new knowledge
    Reasoning/Decision Making cooperate
    Desired Ability to...
    License and Certifications
    Required
    Desired Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) certified by JCAHPO 
    Physical Requirements/Demands of the Position
    Sitting Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Static Standing
    Walking/Standing Continually (67-100% or 8 hours)
    Driving Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Stooping/Bending Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours)
    Squatting Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours)
    Kneeling/Half Kneel Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours)
    Climbing Stair
    Climbing Ladder
    Reaching - Shoulder Level Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours)
    Reaching - Below Shoulder Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Reaching - Above Shoulder
    Repetitive Actions - Pinch Forces Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Pounds of force: 0-25
    Repetitive Actions - Grip Forces Pounds of force:
    Repetitive Actions - Fine Manipulation Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Balance - Right Leg
    Balance - Left Leg
    Lifting - Floor to Waist Number of lbs:
    Lifting - Waist to Overhead Number of lbs:
    Lifting - Other Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Long Carry (>50 feet) Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Short Carry Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Right Carry Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Left Carry Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Push/Pull (Static Force) Number of lbs:
    Other:
    Number of lbs:
    Environmental Conditions
    Not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative work).
    Exposed to infectious diseases.

    Ophthalmic Assistant-Winona

    Equal Opportunity Employer