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Ophthalmic Technician II (Certified)

Job ID PAMF-2101001 Date Posted 02/23/2021 Location Palo Alto, California Schedule/Shift Full Time/ Day
Position Overview:
Under general supervision, and direction of the Ophthalmologist or Optometrist the ophthalmic medical personnel (OPM) performs a variety of technical procedures that will require judgment and knowledge of sophisticated equipment.  OPM assist in areas such as visual acuity testing.  Performs more extensive ophthalmic care patient work ups including some advanced technical testing, i.e. FDT, HVF, contrast sensitivity, IOL Master, pupil check, angle checks, pachymetry.  Assists the ophthalmologist in performing minor surgical procedures, greets and identifies patients, takes a preliminary history, and, as needed, performs visual fields, dilates pupils, and departmental duties to improve patient flow and department function.

  • High School Diploma or equivalent education/experience required. 
Licensures & Certifications:
  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) or Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician (COT) by the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) required upon hire.
  • Current Basic Life Support Certification (BLS) required upon hire.


  • 5 years of recent experience as Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or Technician with Contact Lens/Optical experience preferred.

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Knowledge, understanding and ability to operate visual testing equipment.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy.
  • Verbal and written communication skills for regular contact with employees, patients and patient families; requires tact.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Basic high school math aptitude.
  • Clear and complete documentation skills along with computer data entry skills to enter patient information.
  • Ability to lift and position patients.
  • Professional, role model with leadership qualities that is motivated and demonstrates initiative in their work.
  • Seeks to further skills through continuing education per certification requirements.
  • Requires moderate mental application and concentration to handle varying procedures and interruptions.
  • Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Ability to work cohesively with others in a flexible and cooperative manner.

Special Requirements:

  • Daily travel between locations within the bay area region may be required.
  • Special licensure, certifications, experience, knowledge or accountabilities may be required for certain departments.

Organization: Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Employee Status: Regular
Benefits: Yes
Position Status: Non-Exempt
Union: No
Job Shift: Day
Shift Hours: 8 Hour Shift
Days of the Week Scheduled: Monday-Friday
Weekend Requirements: Rotating
Schedule: Full Time
Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period: 80
Applications Accepted: All Applications Accepted

Sutter Health Affiliates are equal opportunity employers EOE/M/F/Disability/Veterans

This position may regularly work, store, prepare, receive, unpack, transport, dispose of, or administer drug(s) identified as hazardous, or potentially hazardous, by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for purposes of USP 800.

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