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OPHTHALMIC MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST

Compensation

$37.51 to $48.46 per hour

Other benefits

Union

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)

Education

Ophthalmic Medical Technologist Certification

What does this job look like at AHS?

Ophthalmic medical technologists are part of a team of eye care providers. They typically have more education and responsibilities than ophthalmic technicians. Similar to ophthalmic technicians, they gather and report information to the ophthalmologist. This includes taking patient histories, conducting eye measurements, and performing diagnostic testing. They conduct tests and evaluations such as vision assessment including eye pressure, colour vision, and pupil reactions. Technologists perform various types of ophthalmic imaging including photography and ultrasounds. Technologists may be involved with electrodiagnostic testing which assess eye (retinal, optic nerve/brain) function. Ophthalmic medical technologists are trained to administer medications and assist in minor ophthalmic procedures. They may also train and supervise students and other ophthalmic/medical personnel. An ophthalmic medical technologist may assist with the set up and regular maintenance of equipment used in their role.

Ophthalmic medical technologists primarily work in hospital and clinics. In the course of their work, they interact directly with patients as well as ophthalmologists and other medical staff.

Ophthalmic medical technologists may work full-time, part-time, or on a call-in (casual) basis. They can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on a department’s needs. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening, night and weekend shifts, as well as on-call duty.

The duties of an ophthalmic medical technologist require them to sit and stand for extended periods of time. They may lift and move equipment, or assist patients while positioning equipment.

To learn more visit Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS).

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