The Health Technician (Optometry) for the Medical Specialties Line at Erie VA Medical Center provides the technical assistance necessary to assist the optometrist who examines and treats approximately 250 patients per week including outpatients, medical inpatients, and consults. The Health Technician performs duties such as measuring and recording visual acuity (with use of pinhole testing as indicated), obtaining accurate potential acuity meter, laser interferometry, contrast sensitivity or other specialized visual acuity measurements. The technician will also evaluate pupillary light responses and measure pupil size, determine the presence or absence of fusion, and perform stereoacuity measurements. The health technican (optometry) performs Amsler grid testing, administers eye drops under the supervision of an eye care provider (optometrist or ophthalmologist), performs basic tonometry (e.g., non-contact, Goldmann, Tono-Pen) and estimates the anterior chamber depth with a penlight or slit lamp biomicroscope. The technician will be skilled in properly reading a basic spectacle prescription using an automated or manual lensometer, obtaining accurate autorefractometry and keratometry measurements, performing confrontation and standard automated visual field testing and administering and scoring basic color vision tests (e.g., pseudoischromatic plates, Farnsworth D-15). The technician is also adept at measuring and recording corneal thickness by pachymetry as well as performance of advanced corneal measurements, exophthalmometry, tear testing and ocular imaging (e.g., stereo fundus, basic slit lamp biomicroscopy, intraocular lens master measurements, ocular ultrasonography, posterior segment optical coherence tomography, fundus autofluorescence and/or ocular angiography). Other Duties as assigned Work Schedule: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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