Is a career as an Ophthalmic Technician right for you?

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Ophthalmic Technicians are healthcare professionals also known as Eye Care Technicians. These men and women work on a team in a clinical setting, interacting closely with patients, teammates and doctors.

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Skills necessary to be an Ophthalmic Technician


Accuracy and care in communicating


Basic computer knowledge

Ability to follow procedures and protocols

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Attributes necessary to be an Ophthalmic Technician


Professional demeanor

Desire to learn

Ability to work in a fast-paced setting

Conscientiousness regarding safety and comfort of the patient

Ability to prioritize tasks


Willingness to assist as needed throughout the workday

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What an Ophthalmic Technician does


Discusses health history with the patient and carefully records information provided

Takes measurements of the eye

Completes a variety of diagnostic vision testing

Evaluates eye muscle movements

Administers eye drops

Communicates findings with the doctor

Records the doctor’s findings and notes in the patient’s electronic medical record

Communicates with patients throughout their visit and in follow-up settings

In some cases, assists with procedures

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What is the career path for an Ophthalmic Technician?


St. Luke’s offers paid, classroom training to help you in your journey to becoming a technician.

Once on the job, you can begin to earn credentials through JCAHPO, the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

  • The Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) is the first in a series of designations for eye care technicians. This credential assures the technician’s knowledge in 19 specific areas.
  • The Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) is the next level. This credential is for the professional who intends to advance their career in the eye care field. It tests 19 additional skill areas.
  • The Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) follows the COT and is a designation that confirms 17 additional content areas that are performed daily on the job.
  • The Ophthalmic Surgical Assisting (OSA) credential confirms knowledge and skill related to instrumentation necessary to assist in ophthalmic surgical suites.


In addition to the credentialing levels, there are varying degrees of responsibility and positions within the clinic.

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What are some of the focus areas of an Ophthalmic Technician?


There are a number of roles for technicians within the clinic, some requiring advanced experience or skill. A few of these include:

  • Work Up Technician
  • Right Hand Technician
  • Surgical Coordinator
  • Biometrist
  • Diagnostic Technician


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Is experience required?


Experience isn’t required to be an Ophthalmic Technician at St. Luke’s. We provide paid, classroom training to ensure you are ready for your new role.

That said, we do have openings for experienced technicians as well.

Also, people with experience in similar roles such as dental assisting, medical assisting, veterinary technicians, pharmacy technicians, or some health care post-secondary education often successfully transition to the Ophthalmic Technician position at St. Luke’s.

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How to get started


If you would like to be considered for a position as an Ophthalmic Technician, the first step to your new career is to complete our online application.

Our hiring managers will carefully review your application and if selected, you’ll be contacted for a one-to-one discussion via phone and potentially a series of in-person interviews.

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Tips for getting hired


People often ask us, “What can I do to improve my odds of being hired?” Below is a list of advice from recently hired technicians, hiring managers and human resources team members.

  • Be thorough and complete – provide all information requested in the application form.
  • Expect our call. We generally reach out to you from a number with a 727 area code.
  • Have your calendar handy when you speak with us in case you’re invited to an onsite interview.
  • Dress for success if you’re invited for an onsite interview.
  • Alert your references that you’re seeking an open position with us and that they may be contacted.
  • Do your homework – do some research about St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute.
  • Understand that St. Luke’s hires non-smokers only and is a drug-free workplace.
  • Know that St. Luke’s participates in E-Verify.


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Thank you for your interest in joining the esteemed group of professionals that make up the St. Luke’s team!