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Ophthalmic Assistant

Job Ref: 27631

Talent Area: Laboratory

Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group
Houston, TX 77030

Area/Department: Ophth - Clinic Ops

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F

Company Profile

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research.  Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work For” since 2006.  Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 67 operating rooms and over 6,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

Job Summary

Assist an Eye Center physician and other technical support personnel with patient examination and treatment. Responsible for patient history, diagnostic tests, as well as some clerical duties
Select the applicable age group(s) of primary customers/patients served by this position.


System and department specific ICARE values

INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.

Duties and Responsibilities are cross-referenced to the hospital¿s Pillars of Excellence and will be transferred to the Performance Evaluation. Please include % breakout of tasks/essential functions.

1.Perform preliminary screening examinations for physician review including, but not limited to, central and peripheral visual field tests; ocular motility tests; color vision tests; pharmacological pupil tests; tonometry, tonography and tensilon tonography tests to determine intraocular pressure and pupil testing for size, equality and reaction prior to dilation.
2.Examine the cornea, lens and anterior chamber of the eye using a slit lamp and note variations from normal.

1. Measure acuity of patient, with and without glasses, for distance and near vision; obtain optical and lensometry measurements to determine lens prescription and correct acuity problems; record findings on patient chart.
2. Perform the following tests in clinic as needed:
 Manifest Refractions
 Retinoscopy Auto and Manual Keratometry
 Visual Field (Humphrey)
 OCT Stratus
 A-Scan/ B-Scan
 Slit Lamp
 Corneal Topography
 Fundus Photography
1. Direct the flow of patients examined by an Eye Center physician; obtain medical and personal data for patient charts; screen patients for conditions excluding ocular examination; arrange for laboratory and other tests, ophthalmic photography, outpatient studies and patient admissions and surgery as requested by physician; alleviate patient and family concerns by explaining diagnostic procedures and method of treatment.
2. Screen walk-in patients, emergency patients and telephone calls from patients and referring physicians to determine appropriate physician and priority of appointments

1.Assist the physician in the preparation of routine microbiological specimens and in various research studies. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

This position description is not intended to be all inclusive, and the employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Houston Methodist Hospital reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


High School Diploma or GED
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant


Certified Ophthalmic Assistant with a minimum two years as an Ophthalmic Assistant.

Ophthalmic Assistant Certification Preferred. Require within one year of employment.

Required Licenses:
Optional License:

Required Certificates: Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
Optional Certificates

Required Registrations:
Optional Registrations:


Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English. Bilingual abilities a plus.
Is expected to take responsibilities on departmental / facility committees, and participate in hospital sponsored community events.
Activity Checklist attached (see below)


Ambulatory outpatient clinic, assist in minor procedure room.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

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