Major Areas of Responsibility include but are not limited to:
- Examine eyes, using observation, instruments and pharmaceutical agents, to determine visual acuity and perception, focus and coordination and to diagnose diseases and other abnormalities such as glaucoma or color blindness
- Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses and other vision aids.
- Analyze test results and develop a treatment plan
- Perform all routine vision and ocular examinations in order to provide appropriate corrections.
- Provide patients undergoing eye surgeries, such as cataract and laser vision correction, with pre- and post-operative care
- Train assistants to perform screening and other functions as appropriate
- Prescribe therapeutic procedures to correct or conserve vision
- Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements and safety factors.
- Consult with and refer patients to ophthalmologist or other health care practitioner if additional medical treatment is determined necessary
- Implement continuing education and screening programs
Collaboration & Mentorship
- Act as administrative and operations resource to optometry student interns
- Attend staff meetings as deemed necessary
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor
- Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures
- Knowledge of modern optometric methods, procedures, practices. Contact lens experience essential.
- Knowledge and experience in ortho-optics and visual training preferred
- Knowledge of evidence based approaches to optical care
- Cultural competence working in diverse/low income communities
- Ability to perform eye examinations on children and adults
- Ability in exercising sound judgment in quickly evaluating emergency situations; in rendering prompt decisions
- Ability to write concisely and legibly; communicate effectively; and relate congenially to patients and staff
- Ability to meet requirements for obtaining UPIN and for participation on insurance panels
- Ability to English/Spanish (preferred)
Experience and Other Certifications
- Graduation from an accredited school of optometry, Doctor of Optometry degree
- Requires valid California Optometry license
- One year internship and/or experience in a community clinic or private practice
- Experience supervising student interns desirable
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