Alabama Department of Labor

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SOC: 29-2057 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions. May administer eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure. Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests. Take and document patients' medical histories. Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications. Conduct visual field tests to measure field of vision. Operate ophthalmic equipment, such as autorefractors, phoropters, tomographs, or retinoscopes. Clean or sterilize ophthalmic or surgical instruments. Take anatomical or functional ocular measurements of the eye or surrounding tissue, such as axial length measurements. Measure corneal curvature with keratometers or ophthalmometers to aid in the diagnosis of conditions, such as astigmatism. Measure and record lens power, using lensometers. Assist physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures, including surgery. Maintain ophthalmic instruments or equipment. Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles. Conduct binocular disparity tests to assess depth perception. Instruct patients in the care and use of contact lenses. Assess refractive conditions of eyes, using retinoscopes. Assist patients to insert or remove contact lenses. Call patients to inquire about their post-operative status or recovery.
License: License not required.
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Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $12.05   Entry $25,061.00
Mean $17.01   Mean $35,370.00
Experience $19.48 Experience $40,529.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

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