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OPHTHALMIC MEDICAL TECHNICIANS
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Occupation Description:
 
  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.
 
Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
  • 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.
  • Clean or sterilize ophthalmic or surgical instruments.
  • Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles.
  • Conduct visual field tests to measure field of vision.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people..
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures..
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects..
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming..
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Post secondary vocational training
 
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Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $44,019.00 $21.16 $16.35 $16.88 - $24.26
Danbury $57,315.00 $27.55 $18.17 $19.50 - $34.98
Hartford $40,678.00 $19.55 $15.97 $16.85 - $22.76
New Haven $43,655.00 $20.99 $16.22 $16.71 - $25.27
New London/Norwich $36,435.00 $17.52 $14.49 $15.21 - $19.57
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 700 820 1.6% 19
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow much faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
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