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Ophthalmic Clinic Technician

Company: Retina Consultants of Houston
Location: Lufkin
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Retina Consultants of Texas (RCTX) is seeking an individual who will be responsible for performing an extensive number of data collection functions, as delegated by the physician to allow for proper professional diagnosis of patients’ conditions. This candidate will support the clinical needs for the Lufkin, Livingston and Brenham locations. 


Candidate must be able to travel to various clinics to meet the needs of the patients and providers, and support the clinic's variable hours (Monday - Friday, 6:30 am to 6:30 pm).  Schedules are provided weekly and are based on the provider's clinic, patient and surgery schedules. Clinic staff are provided the opportunity for weekend hours if available.  


RCTX offers the following competitive benefits for full-time eligible employees after the introductory period:

  • Medical Insurance Plans
  • Vision Insurance Plan
  • Dental Insurance Plan
  • 401K Contribution
  • Life Insurance
  • PTO and Holiday Pay
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Incentive Rewards Program
  • Certification Opportunities


Retina Consultants of Texas (RCTX) is one of the largest and most respected retina-only ophthalmology practices in the United States, committed to Preserving the Patient's Vision. RCTX has three certified research centers and is home to the Greater Houston Retina Research Center, one of the country’s leading sites for retinal research. All Retina Consultants of Texas physicians are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and specialize exclusively in diseases and surgery of the retina, vitreous, and macula. In addition, RCTX has an ocular oncology division, which focuses on cancer treatments for the eye. Our surgeons have studied at some of the most renowned institutions in the nation and all have graduated at the very top of their classes.


Retina Consultants of Texas (RCTX) is part of Retina Consultants of America (RCA), the largest network of leading retina specialists with the mission of saving sight and improving patient lives through innovation and the highest quality care. Through RCA's physician-centered practice management model, physicians continue to drive clinical and practice culture while benefitting from the available business expertise, resources and shared best practices.


Retina Consultants of Texas follows all CDC and local authority protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of the patients, providers, employees and communities. 


Retina Consultants of Texas is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and an Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment that celebrates diversity.




  1. Communication and Patient Care
    1. Acquaints all new patients with office procedures to which they will be exposed.
    2. Informs patients of the purpose of all tests personally performed, and how the patient will be affected during the tests.
    3. Obtains patient history to include chief complaint, history of present illness, past history (ocular and general), family history (ocular and general), and history of allergies and medications.
    4. Performs accurate and consistent documentation and measurement tasks to include:
  • Visual acuity
  • Manual lensometry
  • Confrontational visual fields
  • Stereo testing
  • Evaluation of motility
  • Pupillary function tests
  • Color plates
  • Applanation tonometry
  • Refractometry
  • Angle assessment
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Contact lens evaluations
  • Visual field testing
  • Optic nerve scanning (i.e. OCT, HRT, GDx)
  • Pachymetry
  • Corneal topography
  • Other tasks specific to the physician’s needs as a result of new technologies
  1. Provides back-up to the ophthalmic photographer regarding fundus, exterior and anterior segment photographs.
  2. Performs duties consistent with ophthalmic writer/scribe.
  3. Assists physician with laser procedures.
  4. Assists physician with minor surgery, maintaining practice standards of sterile technique and infection control.


  1. Triage
    1. Determines which patient should be taken next from the waiting room to have testing initiated.
    2. Escorts all patients from the waiting room for data collection.
    3. Advises patients as to who will see them following testing and makes patients comfortable during wait.
    4. Maintains a smooth flow of patients to the physician, altering the test sequence as required.
    5. Provides telephone support regarding ocular emergencies, prescription refills, and patient care questions.
    6. Communicates with reception to facilitate proper patient flow.


  1. Instrument Maintenance
    1. Troubleshoots instruments as necessary.
    2. Replaces bulbs.
    3. Checks connections.
    4. Performs archiving functions according to manufacturer recommendations.
    5. Performs autoclaving and maintenance of instrument sterility.
    6. Reports continued difficulty to Lead Ophthalmic Technician.


  1. Administrative
    1. Seeks advice from more senior staff as necessary, never performing beyond capabilities.
    2. Confirms patients’ appointments by phone two business days in advance.
    3. Maintains cleanliness in exam and procedure rooms.
    4. Maintains back up levels of stock in exam and procedure rooms.
    5. Performs other duties as required.


  1. High school diploma; some college preferred.
  2. Two to five years’ experience as a certified ophthalmic assistant.
  3. Valid proof of certification as an ophthalmic assistant.
  4. Valid CPR certification.



  1. Demonstrated, advanced comprehension of the ophthalmic assistant skills as outlined by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).
  2. Basic understanding of optics and the ability to perform refractometry.
  3. Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  4. Empathetic personality with concern for patients’ needs.
  5. Strong organization with attention to detail.
  6. Ability to work as a team member.
  7. Demonstrated comprehension of the principles of optics, refraction, and contact lenses.
  8. Demonstrated ability to perform comprehensive work ups patients per hour.
  9. Demonstrated computer literacy.

Keywords: Retina Consultants of Houston, Tyler , Ophthalmic Clinic Technician, Other , Lufkin, Texas

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