Orthoptist Job Description Sample
Become part of one of the nation's leading academic medical centers. You will find your work in the UW Health Ophthalmology Department both rewarding and challenging.
We are seeking an Orthoptist to:
Join our eye care staff that are national leaders in treating conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, eye tumors, neuro-ophthalmic disorders and pediatric eye disorders.
Conduct clinical evaluations and testing and develop treatment plans for infant, pediatric and adult patients.
Provide quality care in a compassionate and patient-family centered environment.
Promote healthy life styles, wellness and education.
This position will be required to travel between clinics to cover Orthoptist need. Travel will be between the East Clinic, Deming Way Clinic and University Station Clinic. The primary clinic will be University Station Clinic.
- Bachelor's degree
- Completed an accredited Orthoptist program
- Completion of an orthoptist program
- One (1) year experience as an Certificated Orthoptist
Licenses and Certifications:
- Within 18 months of hire will achieve Certified Orthoptist
- Certified Orthoptist
Light: Ability to lift up to 20 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds.
Work Schedule: 40 hours per week. Work hours are Monday through Friday. Clinic typically starts at 8:00 AM and runs to 5:00 PM
UW Health Clinics - our physicians and staff are dedicated to providing an exceptional patient and family experience by delivering the highest quality of care in a compassionate environment. With more than 80 primary and specialty care clinics located throughout Dane County and the surrounding areas, we are proud to have the opportunity to impact the communities we serve.
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UW Hospital and Clinics benefits
UW Health values and embraces diversity and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.
- Bachelors degree is required
VCU Health System's Ophthalmology Clinic is seeking a full time Orthoptist that works adjunctively and exclusively with ophthalmologists who specialize in strabismus. He/she assesses visual function and neuromuscular eye anomalies allowing physician to expand services and maintain quality.
Experience with contact lens inventory, and insertion and removal training is desired.
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for Hire:
Eligibility for Certified Orthoptist (CO) Certification test required and certification obtained within six (6) months of hire
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for continued employment including CPR, etc.:
Orthoptist Certification (CO) after six (6) months of hire
Level and type of experience REQUIRED:
Minimum of two (2) years' work experience in an ophthalmology office
Level and type of experience PREFERRED:
Minimum of four (4) years' of work experience in an ophthalmology office
Current Certified Orthoptist (CO) Certification
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disability status.HR Use Only: PTO
Clicking "Apply Now" opens the link in a new window.Job Summary
We are seeking a Certified Orthoptist for our growing Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Service.
The selected candidate will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of visual defects by administering Orthoptic and diagnostic tests. They will also teach patients how to develop and use binocular vision, position, instruct and direct patients during treatment and therapy. Additional duties include the operation and coordination of the maintenance of Orthoptic lanes within the pediatric ophthalmology clinic.
Completion of an accredited training center program is required as well as Certification by the American Orthoptic Council.
Strong teamwork abilities, willingness to work in varied locations in and around Ann Arbor, MI, able to promote our guiding principles to both patients and co-workers.
3 years of work experience as an orthoptist. Previous experience using EHR is highly desirable.
Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.
The Kellogg Eye Center seeks to improve lives through curing, preventing and treating eye disease.
Guiding Principles: Teamwork, Caring, Innovation, and Integrity
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Job Opening ID 160235
Working Title Orthoptist
Job Title Orthoptist
Work Location Michigan Medicine - Health Sys
Ann Arbor, MI
Full/Part Time Full-Time
FLSA Status Nonexempt
Organizational Group Um Hospital
Department UMH Ophthy Pediatric Clinic-PR
Posting Begin/End Date 7/13/2018 – 7/27/2018
Career Interests Ophthalmology / Visual Sciences
Patient Care Services
CS Opthalmology Orthoptist
Reports to the CS Ophthalmology Supervisor and demonstrates competency in all duties typically performed by an Orthoptist. Incumbent analyzes and treats patients with dysfunctions of binocularity and/or ocular motility. Examines patients to diagnose and treat abnormal eye motor movements, partial vision, determination of presence of fusion. Triage patients in the absence of the ophthalmologist. Organize vision screening in community schools.
- 2 years of experience working as an Orthoptist.
- High School graduate.
- Knowledge of medical terminology, infection control techniques, and age related acuity levels. Must be competent in collecting and interpreting data about the patient's status in order to identify each patient's age specific needs.
- Ability to maintain flexibility and work well in a constantly changing environment. Works within scope of practice. Able to evaluate and document the patient/family response to care.
- Basic Life Support
Preferred / Desired:
- Bachelor's Degree. Successful completion of a two year, nationally recognized accredited Orthoptic Program.
Status: Full Time, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 37.5 hrs
School: School of Medicine
Location: School of Medicine Campus
Location City: Baltimore
Location State: MD
Under direction from and consultation with Ophthalmologist, performs diagnostic tests and treats patients with eye muscle disorders and pediatric eye diseases. Assists in teaching pediatric ophthalmology fellows, residents, and medical students.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for evaluation and diagnosis of ocular motility disorders, using such equipment as prisms and other ophthalmic instruments.
Provides non-surgical treatment of specific eye muscle disorders, e.g. amblyopia, convergence insufficiency, diplopia, and strabismus.
Assists in instruction of pediatric ophthalmology fellows, residents, and medical students in methodology of examination and treatment of strabismus disorders. Prepares lectures and handouts for medical students.
Performs duties of Ophthalmic Technician II - Takes patient ocular and medical history, including medications and allergies. Measures and records both distance and near visual acuity; Neutralizes glasses using a lensmeter or other appropriate equipment. Tests color vision and depth perception; Screens for presence of strabismus; Checks pupillary response to light, accommodation, and for presence of an afferent pupillary defect; Performs slit lamp examination; Screens for glaucoma by measuring intraocular pressure using applanation tonometer. Performs refraction and retinoscopy using retinoscope, phoropter, loose lenses, and automated refractor; Checks central and peripheral visual fields using Amsler Grid, Goldman perimeter or Humphrey visual field machines; Performs keratometry. Instills eye drops under physician's direction; Schedules appointments for staff and clinic, when appropriate.
Staffs the resident pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus clinic as required, including supervising the examination of both pediatric and adult strabismus patients, corroborating diagnoses, and implementing treatment plans as well as didactic reinforcement of day's cases with the resident.
Responds to consultations from residents at all levels on patients with symptomatic strabismus and double vision.
Teaches and interacts with visiting orthoptic students (including international) on methodology of examination and treatment of strabismus disorders as practiced at the Wilmer Institute.
Provides lectures to technical personnel during technician grand rounds, held quarterly or semi-annually within the Wilmer Eye Institute.
Teaches individual medical students during clinic, providing evaluation of the student's performance during the rotation.
Prepares reports on patients and treatments. Maintains health records.
Participates in research projects as directed by Ophthalmologist.
Contributes case presentations to residents and attending physicians during Pediatric Grand Rounds lectures as well as preparing and presenting papers from the current literature during monthly pediatric journal clubs.
Present courses at both regional and national meetings of several professional associations, including the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and the Joint Commission on Allied Health in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).
Serve as certified study coordinators for various national based clinic trials, including enrolling patients, collecting data, communicating with study centers and attending study coordinators' meetings.
Assists in management of pediatric ophthalmology clinics, which includes scheduling appointments, billing, ordering supplies, maintaining files, stocking exam rooms, maintaining ophthalmic equipment, etc.
Sorts, labels, duplicates and files patient photographs and slides.
Completes a weekly inventory of all exam rooms for equipment and pharmaceutical supplies.
Completes extensive additional sensorimotor examination on complicated motility patients, performing tests such as Lancaster red-green evaluation and duction assessment with arc perimeter.
Phone triage of patients needing eyeglass prescriptions and patient education.
Performs ocular motor and sensorimotor examinations on patients from internal and external referring ophthalmologists, giving possible diagnosis and recommendation treatment plan from orthoptist point of view.
Assists with minor surgical in-office treatments such as botulinum toxin injections, adjustable sutures, and Tensilon tests. Assist at surgery when needed.
Performs manual kinetic and automated perimetry.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned and required.
Bachelor's degree in related field required. Certification by the American Orthoptic Council is required and must be maintained throughout the duration of employment. If not certified, must obtain American Orthoptic Council certification within 6 months of hire. In addition, certification as Ophthalmic Tech is preferred. Work requires professional level of knowledge of orthoptics as acquired through completion of Bachelor's Degree and orthoptic training. Requires acquisition of current understanding of ocular motility disorders and their treatment, through continuing education and re-certification by the American Orthoptic Council. Must have analytical ability necessary to assess test results and perform additional tests depending on assessment. Must have interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with patients and to instruct students and residents in methodology of strabismus. Ability to work with sometimes fearful children and modify examination depending on cooperation. Ability to travel to a satellite office at least once per week.
School of Medicine - East Baltimore Campus
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