Ophthalmic Technician I – New England Eye Center – Cambridge

Tufts Medical Center

Company Description

As part of Tufts Medical Center, the New England Eye Center is a local, national, and international referral and consultation facility, providing the most current and comprehensive services in tertiary care ophthalmology. It is a complete clinical and technical center for the testing and treatment of all types of eye diseases and visual problems. The New England Eye Center services patients in an attentive private practice environment. In addition to our satellite locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts, we occupy a 45,000 square-foot clinical center conveniently situated in the Theatre District of Boston. The center is designed to meet the technical and professional needs of a sophisticated clinical, research, and education facility, but is customized for the comfort of the patient. Our professional and support staff provide patients with not only the best technical care but also compassion, reassurance, and friendly assistance.

Job Description

The Ophthalmic Technician I helps facilitate patient flow and performs a variety of screening and technical diagnostic tests including manual lensometry and manual keratometry.


  • Prepares patient for the physician’s evaluation by obtaining history, chief complaint, document medications and pertinent questions and necessary information.
  • Performs various screening tasks including visual acuity, PAM, BAT, manual lensometry, subjective and cycloplegic refractions, manual keratometry, Ishihara plates, Amsler grid, stereo test, Contrast Sensitivity test, and corneal topography.
  • Performs various diagnostic tests as determined necessary through patient assessment; pupil and anterior chamber depth evaluation, applanation tonometry, including Tono pen and Goldmann, confrontation and Humphrey visual fields, and corneal topography.
  • Assists patient with contact lens removal and reinsertion.
  • Instills diagnostic eye drops as directed by the physician to evaluate level of pressure in the eye and to dilate pupils.
  • Prepares patient consent forms and assists physician in laser treatments and surgical procedures as needed.
  • Performs instrument maintenance (i.e., bulb replacement, battery changes, calibration, etc.). and ensures that all equipment and lights are working properly.
  • Cleans and sterilizes surgical instruments and keep its logs up to date.
  • Maintain refrigerator logs up to date.
  • Complies with all local, state and federal regulations and laws governing the performance of this position within the Ophthalmology department.
  • Complies with all OSHA standards.
  • Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.
  • Assists with orientating and training of new technicians under the direction of the supervisor.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred but not required.
  • Certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant preferred.
  • Current CPR certification preferred.
  • Experience with computer and scheduling system preferred.
  • Knowledge of eye terminology, anatomy and physiology of the eye.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with patients and understand their needs, and be responsive to elderly and sensory handicapped.
  • Also requires the ability to work closely and effectively with physicians and other clinical staff, including residents, fellows, attending physicians, and nurses.
  • Excellent communication skills required effectively explaining the exam process to patients and attempting to allay their concerns and apprehensions.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in high volume clinics.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to assess the needs of patients of different age populations in order to provide care appropriately.

Additional Information


Must be able to perform all essential functions of this position with reasonable accommodation if disabled.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.  Tufts Medical Center reserves the right to modify position duties at any time, to reflect process improvements and business necessity.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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