Ophthalmic Tech I
Department Optometry Float
Location La Crosse
Schedule/Shift 8 Hour Shift, Days, PM
FTE 1 FTE
Benefit Eligible Yes
Temporary Position No
Job Details

Full-time, 8 hour shifts, Days/PMS, Floating to various regional locations as needed for coverage.


The Ophthalmic Technician I is responsible for providing quality ophthalmic patient care under the direction of an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist in accord with standard organizational policies and procedures.  Provides a technical assistance to the eye practice thereby increasing appointment availability.  Assists the physician in performing routine eye exams and preliminary diagnostic testing procedures and evaluations.

Job Responsibilities
  • Works collaboratively with ophthalmic physicians, technicians, receptionists and other department personnel to provide eye care services to patients.
  • Assists the Ophthalmologist or Optometrist in performing routine eye examination procedures by performing preliminary diagnostic testing procedures of the patient's eye(s) including refractometry, muscle balance, visual fields, tonometry, slit lamp exam and keratometry.
  • Operates and maintains diagnostic and other medical equipment in the department, providing minor repairs when possible.
  • Takes all appropriate actions to make patients comfortable and respond to their concerns, consistent with the mission and values of Gundersen Health System.

  • Performs other job related responsibilities as needed to ensure successful operation of department/vision center.
  • Scope of the Job
    Age Specific Population Served Pediatric (1 - 12 years)
    Geriatric (65 years & older)
    Adult (18 - 64 years)
    Adolescent (13 - 17 years)
    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 Post High School education in a specialized field:   Graduate of a two year Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) accredited Ophthalmic Medical Technologist school  

    Work Experience:
    Required 2 years of relevant work experience.
    Desired 1 year working in a comprehensive eye practice.
    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 be decisive
    Reasoning/Decision Making self-direct
    Reasoning/Decision Making be professional, honest and have personal integrity
    Reasoning/Decision Making be flexible
    Reasoning/Decision Making cooperate
    Reasoning/Decision Making develop additional knowledge by attending workshops and seminars
    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 appreciate people whose values, goals, and cultures are different from your own
    Desired Ability to...
    License and Certifications
    Required Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) certified by JCAHPO within 18 months of hire date 
    Desired Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) certified by JCAHPO or 
    Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) certifed 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
    Exposed to infectious diseases.
    Not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative work).

    Ophthalmic Tech I

    Equal Opportunity Employer