The Optometry Health Technician is responsible for obtaining a patient's physical history to include chief complaint, present illness, past history (ocular and general), family history (both ocular and general), and current eye medications. The Health Technician will perform duties assigned under the supervision of the Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. 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; evaluate pupillary light responses and measure pupil size; determine the presence or absence of fusion and perform stereoacuity measurements; perform Amsler grid testing, administer eye drops under the supervision of an eye care provider (optometrist or ophthalmologist), perform basic tonometry (e.g., non-contact, Goldmann, Tono-Pen) and estimate the anterior chamber depth with a penlight or slit lamp biomicroscope. The technicians are 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 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). The technician applies knowledge of the subject matter area including an understanding of the objective and operations involved to independently plan for possible patient evaluation and treatment, monitors patient data collected and patient well-being and responds appropriately by collecting additional data; assists the eye care provider (optometrist or ophthalmologist) with other ophthalmic procedures as needed (e.g., obtaining accurate ocular cultures and smears; performs patient spectacle fitting and dispensing as needed (e.g., selection of appropriate frame, ophthalmic lenses, interpupillary measurements - distance and near - and proper segment height determination and transposes sphere, cylinder and axis the CPRS record); triages and manages eyeglasses issues, performs minor eyeglasses repairs (such as replacing nose pads and screws). Work Schedule: Compressed/Flexible Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.