Optometry Assistant

$36,532 - $46,765 yearly
  • La Clinica de la Raza
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • Feb 04, 2019
Full time Health Care / Medical

Job Description

Major Areas of Responsibility include but are not limited to:

Patient Care

  • Places patient in examining room, takes detailed medical history, and records patient chief complaint.
  • Checks visual acuity; performs optometry and other pretesting as directed by the doctor.
  • Responsible for instilling diagnostic topical pharmaceuticals (eye drops) when directed by doctor.
  • May handle infectious wastes; prepares instruments for sterilization.
  • Selects, dispenses and verifies prescriptions of visual appliances (i.e. frames, contact lenses).
  • Responsible for minor frame repairs and adjustments.
  • Operates visual fields screening devise and ocular photography cameras.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Commitment to Quality

  • Translates between patient and provider, treatment instructions, questions patients may have regarding physician's orders, use of medications, and contact lenses.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellent patient experience and quality outcomes in equal measure.
  • Communicate and work effectively with providers and other members of the care team to best serve patients.
  • Contribute to a welcoming clinical space and healthy work environment through proactive relationship building, direct communication and sound judgment.
  • Engaged participation in huddles, staff meetings, team building activities and assigned development opportunities.
  • Continue your professional development through participation in educational opportunities.
  • Adherence to all ethical and professional standards, including La Clínica's policies and procedures.

General Office Duties

  • Schedules follow-up appointments and verifies appointment times with patients.
  • Screen and monitor EHR requests, completing or routing as assigned.
  • Greet and log in patients arriving at office or clinic in the appropriate electronic system.
  • Contact medical facilities or departments to schedule patients for tests or appointments.
  • Inventory stock, order, and verify receipt of medical, lab, or office supplies or equipment.
  • Keep equipment working; troubleshoot breakdowns; stock supplies; call for repairs.
  • Enter key medical record information or perform other required record keeping duties required.


  • Basic optometry assisting practices and skills and the various types of equipment used.
  • Modern medical terminology, chronic health conditions, and health education related to the service area.
  • Working with modern computer applications and electronic health records.
  • Methods of safely lifting and moving patients, equipment and supplies.
  • Cleaning and sterilization techniques for medical equipment, examining rooms and patients areas.


  • Demonstrate flexibility and ability to accept changes gracefully.
  • Able to work professionally and collaboratively in team-based care delivery.
  • Comfort with direct patient contact and solid interpersonal skills for patient education and coaching.
  • Ability to work and communicate with people from various ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Use clear and efficient written and verbal communication skills using the English language.
  • Complete and maintain accurate and concise patient records.
  • Bilingual proficiency in Spanish or (Specify Language) preferred.

Other Certifications and Experience

  • Requires High School diploma or equivalent, assistant training/experience preferred, courses in ocular anatomy; and diseases of the eye desirable.
  • Certificate of completion of two years assistant training program preferred.
  • Experience in optometry office preferred.

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Deadline to Apply

March 1, 2019