Ophthalmic technician

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How much does an Ophthalmic Technician make in the United States?

Average base salary
1.3k salaries reported, updated at May 22, 2020
per hour
The average salary for a ophthalmic technician is $17.27 per hour in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)

What does an Ophthalmic Technician do?

Ophthalmic technicians, also called ophthalmic medical technicians, assist ophthalmologists as they perform clinical eye care. Ophthalmic technicians usually work in ophthalmologist offices, though some may work in medical hospitals or outpatient centers. They may administer eye medication, perform diagnostic eye exams, help educate patients on at-home eye care and perform clinical eye tests.

Working as an Ophthalmic Technician

The main duties of an ophthalmic technician include:

  • Assisting ophthalmologists during surgical procedures and maintaining surgical equipment
  • Taking patients' medical history and performing office administrative duties such as patient scheduling
  • Administering eye exams, clinical and diagnostic tests and eye medication
  • Instructing patients on care and usage of corrective lenses
  • Training and supervising other ophthalmic personnel

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Frequently asked questions
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What is the job outlook for ophthalmic technicians?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that job opportunities for ophthalmic technicians will increase by 11% between 2018 and 2028, much faster than the national average.

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What important qualities and skills should ophthalmic technicians have?

Ophthalmic technicians should have extensive medical knowledge about the eye. They need to have strong critical thinking skills and attention to detail to help them perform diagnostic and clinical tests. They work in close contact with patients and should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to assess patients and educate them on proper eye care.

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