Tyler Junior College

Vision Care Technology

Optometric/Ophthalmic Technician

Your area of specialty may become the assisting of the optometrist or ophthalmologist. You will also be meeting the public. A professional and compassionate personality will prove helpful.

Your day may begin with basic office preparation and administrative work. You will likely prepare the examination rooms for a day of eye examinations and treatment. As patients arrive for their appointment, you will perform preliminary examination procedures. The procedures may include history recording, basic vision assessment, visual field testing, motility, intraocular pressure check, etc. As this type of allied health technician, you will assist the eye physician in a variety of diagnostic and administrative tasks.

As a technician you will test and measure eye function to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. A skilled technician can free the ophthalmologist or optometrist to spend more time effectively with each patient, performing those diagnostic and treatment tasks that only the doctor can do, and to see more patients. The vision care technician is, in effect, a multiplier of the doctors efforts.

Optometric and Ophthalmic Assistants may also fit and dispense contact lenses and eyeglasses. In many optometry practices, the optometric technician will perform many of the duties performed by an optician.

You may be required to concentrate in the management of the medical office. Your administrative duties may include appointment scheduling, third party management, payroll, purchasing, billing/collections, accounts payable, personnel management, patient recall, etc.

As an Ophthalmic Assistant you will play a vital roll along with the ophthalmologist/surgeon in the patients vision care. As an ophthalmic medical technician, you may serve as a surgical assistant to the ophthalmologist. As an ophthalmic photographer you will photograph the eye structures for diagnosis and documentation.

As a chair-side assistant you will record important information determined by the doctor. You will also perform certain duties to assist the doctor during the examination. Following the examination, you will assist the patient with instructions, education, prescriptions, treatment, eye patches, scheduling follow-up examinations, referring, etc.

Again, this is a simplified explanation of your duties as an optometric or ophthalmic technician. There are many other important intermediary procedures performed as a vision care technician. Through it all, you will be exercising highly specialized technical skills, painstaking patience and a thorough knowledge of the visual system.

Vision Care Contact Information

Steve Robbins
Department Chair
Office: RTDC 118B

Email: srob@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2961

Advising contact: 903-510-2662