$37.51 to $47.30 per hour
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Ophthalmic technician certification
Ophthalmic technicians are part of a team of eye care providers. They support ophthalmologists by performing tasks such as measuring vision, taking eye pressures and administering a wide variety of diagnostic tests such as colour vision, visual fields and ophthalmic imaging. These measurements and assessments help the ophthalmologist with the management and diagnosis of ophthalmic disorders and diseases. An ophthalmic technician may also assist with the set up and regular maintenance of equipment used in their role.
Ophthalmic technicians train and educate students and other staff. They also participate in creating and assessing policies and procedures. They also perform administrative duties such as maintaining inventory and recommending new equipment to be purchased.
Ophthalmic technicians 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. While they periodically work with others, their work is primarily independent.
Ophthalmic technicians 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 technician require them to sit and stand for extended periods of time. They may be required to lift and move equipment, or assist patients while positioning equipment. They also administer topical ophthalmic medications such as eye drops.
In Canada, there is only one accredited ophthalmic technician training program. Therefore, many start as ophthalmic assistants and become ophthalmic technicians from work experience. Certification can be obtained from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).