Ophthalmic Technicians

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What is an Ophthalmic Technician?

What do they do?

What kind of person makes a good Ophthalmic Tech?

 


Name: Caitlyn T.

Tell us a little something about yourself: I love sushi.

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? I was an apprentice optician/non-certified ophthalmic technician.

What do you like most about your job? I enjoy how I have the opportunity to constantly learn new skills while interacting with so many great patients.

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician? Your hard work will pay off in the end so be open to change and growth!

 


 

Name: Rebecca T.

Tell us a little something about yourself: In my personal time I like to travel with my husband, we prefer Caribbean locations but have recently adventured to a ski resort and once even traveled to Japan. I also spend a fair amount of my free time backyard beekeeping with my own bees as well as helping fellow beekeepers in the area. I am also a member of the Tampa Bay Beekeepers Association, as well I volunteer my time on the planning committee for the annual TBBA Honey Bee Seminar. I also enjoy spending time at the gym and time with my 4 legged children Clark, Lexi, Addison, & Goodwin.

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? I was veterinary technician.

What do you like most about your job? I enjoy making a noticeable difference in the lives of our patients.

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician? You may think this position is a small role but you can make a huge difference in someone’s vision and life. It’s a very satisfying career.


 

AlexName: Alex W. 

Tell us a little something about yourself: My favorite place to travel is Waynesville, NC to enjoy the mountain air and Lake Junaluska.

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? I was enrolled at the University of South Florida studying the Biomedical sciences. I graduated in 2015.

What do you like most about your job? The best part about my job is seeing improved sight in our patients which helps them to better enjoy their daily lives.

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician?  Just do it!

 


 

Name: Christine C.

Tell us a little something about yourself: In my spare time, I enjoy re-purposing furniture and other DIY home decor projects. I partly blame my obsession with HGTV for this hobby. 🙂

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? I worked previously at another ophthalmology practice that also specialized in cataract surgery while finishing my degree at the University of Florida.

What do you like most about your job? I like the way St. Luke’s focuses on patient care and providing a good experience for each and every patient. We truly are here to do what is best for the patient and not promote sales etc.

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician? Jump in! Prior to working in this field, I thought you had to a nurse to become successful in health care. I am so glad I stumbled upon ophthalmology and enjoyed it as much as I do. The opportunities for advancement and building a career are excellent.


 

Name: Christina E.

Tell us a little something about yourself: I play the French Horn.

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? I was working in the home health industry.

What do you like most about your job? Definitely the patient interaction. And my awesome co-workers!

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician? I’m still pretty new at this so I’ll be taking advice for a while instead of giving it. 🙂

 

 


 

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Name: Tyler D.

Tell us a little something about yourself:  I am a sports fanatic and consider myself very family-oriented.

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? Manager at Ace Hardware

What do you like most about your job? For me it’s seeing people’s lives changing for the better after having cataract surgery.

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician?  If you have a passion for making a difference in someone’s life, I would recommend this job.

 


 

Name: Natalie W.

Tell us a little something about yourself: I enjoy running – both for fun and in races.

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? I was a Rehabilitation Aide.

What do you like most about your job? I enjoy working in a team environment with my colleagues to serve our patients.

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician? Come to this job ready to learn!

 

 

 


 

Name: Michelle D.

Tell us a little something about yourself: I’m a mom and a wife. I love to travel with my family – especially to the mountains & Disney.

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? I was in customer service.

What do you like most about your job? I like how I have the opportunity to be involved with patient care. It’s very rewarding to see how our patients are after their surgery.

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician? It’s a constant learning experience so you’ll never get bored. You’re exposed to new and exciting things every day.

 

 


 

Name: Jessica M.

Tell us a little something about yourself: I enjoy working in DIY projects around the house, riding bikes/scooters with my son at the beautiful Dunedin Causeway, visiting Busch Gardens and the zoo and finding new parks to explore. 

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? I worked at Massage Envy.

What do you like most about your job? I like how I learn something new each day I’m here.

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician? You’ll be successful if you have an interest in this field and a willingness to learn.

 

 


 

Name: Nancy P.

Tell us a little something about yourself: I love the outdoors. Some of my favorite activities are snow skiing, visiting the mountains, and sailing on our sailboat.

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? I was a caregiver to my mother.

What do you like most about your job? I like the people I work with and the patients very much!

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician? Don’t get overwhelmed. There is a lot to learn but you’ll get it.

 

 


 

 

Name: Kim D.

Tell us a little something about yourself: I love to read any spare chance I get. I have family in both Arkansas and Illinois that I love to visit. I have 2 dogs and I enjoy pet-sitting for others. I love to cook and can cook almost anything.

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? I was working at a veterinary clinic.

What do you like most about your job? My co-workers and supervisors are easy to talk to – great people.

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician?  It’s definitely a rewarding career!

 

 


 

Name: Mia A.

Tell us a little something about yourself: I enjoy traveling – my favorite destination is Spain. I also love to rollerblade and go to the beach.

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? I was a student at USF.

What do you like most about your job? Interacting with patients and my daily work with Dr. Streeter.

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician?  You are interacting with patients on a daily basis, so be prepared to see all kinds of different people – and have a positive, respectful attitude in all the time. Every day is challenging in its own way and there’s always something new to learn.

 


 

Name: Lauren M.

Tell us a little something about yourself: In my spare time, I like to craft and plan parties for my young daughter. I’m also addicted to Pinterest. Finally, we’re Disney passholders, so you can often find me visiting the mouse and all of the princesses.

What were you doing before you joined the team at St. Luke’s? Assisted Living Facility Director.

What do you like most about your job? I like all of the learning experiences I have on a daily basis.

Any advice for someone considering becoming an Ophthalmic Technician? Everyone at St. Luke’s is extremely helpful and even when you are in the early learning phases and don’t quite understand exactly what you are doing there is always someone to ask and help you. There is never any judgement and you feel like you have gained a work family. St. Luke’s is an extremely friendly facility. I would encourage anyone to apply here.

 

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