Ophthalmic Medical Technologists


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Introduction

Ophthalmic medical technologists are technologists who specialize in the care of eyes and in the prevention and treatment of eye disease and injury. They assist ophthalmologists in performing eye exams, administering eye medications, and instructing patients in how to use and care for their corrective lenses. They may also assist with minor eye surgeries. There are approximately 125,270 health technologists and technicians employed in the United States, according to the Department of Labor.

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Median Salary

$47,000

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree


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Experience

Three or more years experience


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

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Earnings

Salaries for certified ophthalmic medical technologists employed in April 2018 ranged from $34,794 to $70,460, as reported by PayScale.com. A survey by the Association of Technician Personnel in Ophthalmology found that certified ophthalmic medical technologists employed in 2019 earned an average salary of $47,000. The Department of Labor reported that as of March 2019, health technologists and...

Work Environment

Ophthalmic medical technologists work in offices and examination rooms that are well equipped, attractive, well lighted, and well ventilated. Most ophthalmology offices include staff members such as a receptionist, several nurses, and technologists and technicians; they all work closely together as part of the health care team. Technologists work full time, usually 40 hours per week. Those that...

Outlook

The outlook for ophthalmic medical technologists is bright. As scientific and technological innovations continue to advance the ophthalmology field, technologists will be in high demand to help patients monitor their vision and treat eye diseases. The Department of Labor predicts 11 percent employment growth, much faster than the average, for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians th...

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