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Health Technician-Ophthalmic Technician

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Portland , OR 97228

Posted 3 months ago

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Ophthalmology Technicians in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) perform functions such as technical clinical care to patients who have received care provided by Ophthalmologists for diagnosis, treatment, prevention, follow-up care and patient counseling.

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Responsibilities

The Ophthalmic Technician operates and monitors commonly used equipment performing basic screening procedures. Deviations from regular procedures, unanticipated problems, complex patients and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or assistance. Some assignments also include duties involving more complex procedures performed under supervision.

Ophthalmology Technician will respond to the needs of the staff ophthalmologists, the supervisory technician or other designated administrative supervisor who will maintain daily supervision and guidance. Limited routine assignments under daily direct supervision is an integral part of the position. Deviations from unanticipated problems and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or help.

  • Triages patient phone calls or requests;

  • Ensures exam rooms are stocked with adequate supplies;

  • Instructs patients on administration of eye drops and post-operative instructions;

  • Accurately measures, compares, and evaluates pupillary responses;

  • Administers eye drops to dilate pupils;

  • Performs basic color vision screening;

  • Performs basic visual field testing (using Amsler grid or automated equipment).

  • Performs basic imaging testing such as corneal topography; external photography;

  • Performs basic ocular testing such as pachymetry, tear production with test strips, glare testing, stereo acuity, potential acuity meter, measuring spectacles using both automated and manual lensometry and transposing cylinders.

  • Assists the ophthalmologist during minor ophthalmic surgical procedures and is adept at applying sterile technique and infection control procedures.

  • Performs basic refractometry utilizing an auto refraction or habitual glass prescription in the phoropter.

Work Schedule: Monday

  • Friday 8:00 a.m.

  • 4:30 p.m.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
8

  • Job family (Series)
    0640 Health Aid And Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

One year of experience in a health care field, such as but not limited to nursing, medical assistant, or health technician.

OR

Education. Two years above high school with a minimum of six semester hours directly related to a health care field or associate's degree in a health care related degree.

OR

Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. Examples are listed below:

Six months of experience in the health care field; and one year above high school; or

Six months of experience in the health care field and successful completion of a course for health care technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or ophthalmology technicians given by the U.S. Armed Forces; or

Six months of experience in the health care field and completion of an independent study course in Ophthalmic Medical Assisting.

  • Certification. All applicants must be certified as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). The COA certification is JCAHPO's entry-level certification examination for a Health Technician (Ophthalmology).

Grade Determinations: Health Technician (Ophthalmology), GS-5 (Entry Level)

Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

Assignment. Employees at this grade level serve in a Health Technician (Ophthalmology) entry level position and are trainee in nature. The entry level performs limited routine assignments under daily direct supervision. Deviations from unanticipated problems and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or help. Obtains and records vital signs including blood pressure, pulse, and glucose levels. Participates in performance of quality assurance activities such as staff meetings, mandatory educational in-services, quality control reports, systems redesign, and team and morale improvement.

Health Technician Ophthalmology GS-6

One year of experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level.

The Health Technician (Ophthalmology) at this level operates and monitors commonly used equipment performing basic screening procedures. Assists ophthalmology staff by obtaining an accurate medical and ophthalmic history, measuring and recording visual acuity, administering anesthetic eye drops, performing basic tonometry, estimating the anterior chamber depth and recording a simple spectacle reading through automated lensometry. Deviations from regular procedures, unanticipated problems, complex patients and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or assistance. Some assignments at this level also include developmental duties involving more complex procedures performed under supervision.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
1.Knowledge of general outpatient clinical policies and procedures in a healthcare environment;
2.Ability to obtain, document and record demographic and medical information from patients in order to develop an accurate medical record;
3.Ability to use basic ophthalmic equipment; and
4.Knowledge of basic disinfection of non-critical reusable medical equipment.

Health Technician Ophthalmology GS-7

One year of experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level.

Assignment. At this level, the Health Technician (Ophthalmology) performs the following: triages patient phone calls or requests; ensures exam rooms are stocked with adequate supplies; instructs patients on administration of eye drops and post-operative instructions; accurately measures, compares, and evaluates pupillary responses; administers eye drops to dilate pupils; performs basic color vision screening; performs visual field testing (using Amsler grid or automated equipment). Performs basic imaging testing such as corneal topography; external photography; performs basic ocular testing such as pachymetry, tear production with test strips, glare testing, stereo acuity, contrast sensitivity, potential acuity meter, measuring spectacles using both automated and manual lensometry and transposing cylinders. The employee assists the ophthalmologist during minor ophthalmic surgical procedures and is adept at applying sterile technique and infection control procedures. Performs autorefractor to determine spectacle prescription.
1.Knowledge of anatomy and function of the eye and basic ocular pharmacology;
2.Knowledge of outpatient eye care policies and procedures in a health care environment;
3.Ability to use basic ophthalmic diagnostic equipment to perform preliminary ocular testing;
4.Ability to perform minor extraocular surgical assisting; and
5.Ability to provide eye care patient education.

Health Technician Ophthalmology GS-8

One year of experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level.

The Health Technician at this level performs a range of standard, but complex, diagnostic procedures with responsibility for checking calibration of instruments prior to the procedure. Responsible for obtaining patient physical history, to include chief complaint; reason for visit; pertinent signs/symptoms; past history both ocular and general; family history both ocular and general; social history; and review of medications and allergies, including current ocular prescription and non-prescription medications. Accurately tests visual acuity at distance and near, with and without correction or with and without a pinhole. Measures eyeglass prescription using manual or automated lensometer, recording sphere, cylinder, axis, and prism in both plus and minus cylinder. Performs pupil evaluation recording pupil size, shape, symmetry, reaction to light and accommodation, and any abnormalities, including relative afferent pupillary defect. Performs basic refractometry utilizing an auto refraction or habitual glass prescription in the phoropter. Instills eye medications (i.e., drops or ointments, including anesthetic, dye, dilation, cycloplegic, or antibiotics. Responsible for measuring intraocular pressure of the eye utilizing techniques, including Goldmann applanation tonometry. Performs pachymetry to determine corneal thickness and manual keratometry or automated topography to determine corneal curvature. Performs intra-ocular lens calculations using the IOL Master. Performs automated visual field testing using various perimetry machines. Performance of external photographs and fundus photography. Performs optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the anterior segment, retina and optic nerve. Performs patient screening and triage emergencies identifying ocular emergencies. Performs patient screening and telephone triage for immediate care. Assists during clinic-based ophthalmic surgery, including revision of wounds, biopsies of the eyelid lesions, cultures of conjunctiva, or cornea; reformation of anterior chamber, evacuation of hyphema, repositioning of corneal endothelial grafts, intra-vitreous injections, and laser surgical procedures. Educates patients and legal authorized representatives in eye care, including preoperative and postoperative instructions. Assists in the education and training of medical students, residents and fellows in those facilities with medical school affiliations. Ensures proper cleaning and disinfection; calibration, maintenance, backup, annual inventory and ordering of instruments, supplies and equipment; obtains quotes as needed; and reports needed repairs to biomedical engineering.

References: VA Handbook 5005/98

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-8.

Physical Requirements:
See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.


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Health Technician-Ophthalmic Technician

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