The Eye Health Technician position involves a variety of technician and occasional clerical duties for the Eye Services that assists the provider and increases the overall efficiency of the department. Support patient eye care and examination; help with the maintenance of patient records and handling some technical duties involving equipment and eyeglass preparation. Help prepare patients before and after an examination by gathering medical history information, explaining the exam process and administering tests to determine the visual capabilities of a patient, ophthalmic drop instillation. In addition, certain clerical duties such as, assembling patient charts, recording providers’ orders, integrating radiology and test reports, graphing and charting medical data, and scheduling patient appointments, performing patient reminder calls are included in the duties.
- Performs screening to patients of all ages that include visual acuity, confrontation fields, inter-pupillary distance measurements and neutralization of the patient’s glasses by manual and automated lensometry. Records health history and primary complaint into patient chart. Prepares patients for examinations. Assists eye care professional in examination as required. Assists with procedures by preparing the patient, swabbing the area clean before and after, preparing the room and instrument tray for procedure including positioning patient’s head and holding eyelids apart.
- Provide Navajo and English interpretation for doctors and patients as needed to answer patient questions, prepare patients for exams and to assist doctor and patient with exam, patient history, primary complaint, diagnosis, treatment, patient education and follow up.
- Performs other tests as requested by the eye care provider, such as but not limited to, visual fields (automated and manual), tonometry (non-contact), applanation, and tonopen, visual skills, depth perception, keratometry, autorefraction and color vision.
- Performs anterior and retinal photography to assist the eye doctor in photo documentation of ocular disease. Reports findings in patient charts. Instills diagnostic or therapeutic pharmacological agents in patient’s eyes for purpose of ocular evaluation or therapy in accordance with eye care provider’s instructions.
- Inserts and/or prepares applicable patient flow sheets and/or forms for eye doctor use.
- Provides and assists patients of all ages, one-to-one, group, and community patient education, in Navajo and English when necessary, relative to optical and ocular disease conditions; including, but not limited to, the proper use of ocular pharmacological agents, diagnoses, prognosis, follow-up, eyewear, adjustments of eyewear and instructions in insertion, removal and disinfection of contact lenses; will help do minor repairs of broken or damaged eyeglasses.
- Provides basic department orientation to student interns, other optometry technicians and CHN’s.
- Maintains a supply of patient education materials, replenish supplies and equipment and provides inventory.
- Maintain professional appearance and personal conduct at all times.
- Prepares correspondence and other paperwork related to the eye clinic necessities, such as travel, training, and requisitions. May also do scheduling for the eye clinic.
- Responsible for electronic health records data entry pertinent to patient service role.
- Performs other related duties as necessary per supervisor.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFORT
The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Required frequent bending, reaching, repetitive hand movements, standing, walking, squatting, sitting, pushing and pulling exerted regularly throughout a regular work shift; carrying supplies and instruments up to 30 pounds unassisted. Manual dexterity is required in utilizing the instruments. Must be able to communicate clearly to patients in person and over the telephone; requires normal color vision and depth perception and visual acuity correctable to 20/20. May be exposed to communicable diseases and/or bodily fluids.
The work involves taking the initiative to carry out recurring assignments independently without specific instructions but refers problems and unfamiliar situations to supervisor for decisions or help. Requires the ability to multitask, prioritize and work with patients in an efficient and diplomatic manner.