Job Title: Ocular Technician
Department: Low Vision Rehabilitation Center (LVRC)
Reports To: Optometrist (OD) & Senior Director, Community Services, LVRC
Overview: The Ocular Technician will provide clinical and clerical support to the OD of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Center. The Ocular Technician assists in all aspects of care including assessment, treatment and training. In addition to direct services the Ocular Technician will also assist with related documentation and communication. Additional duties assigned under supervision of the Optometrist and the Senior Director, Community Services.
- The individual must be knowledgeable with respect to optometry terminology and service delivery and ocular disease processes such that they can triage phone calls and answer questions by accessing and interpreting patient charts.
- The individual must be able to communicate clinical information effectively with referring physicians, optometrists, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS), and other health care professionals with respect to low vision terminology and recommendations.
- Communicate effectively with optical regarding prescribed low vision and safety spectacles.
- Able to use a lensomoter to read glasses (i.e. bifocal, progressive, SV) and be able to explain the difference to patients and troubleshoot problems related to spectacle lens wear.
- Able to perform or learn testing procedures with equipment provided.
- Provide education and training for Assistive Technology use, as needed.
- Keep all equipment cleaned and ready for use. Ex. ICARE, Visual Field (VF), and Optical coherence tomography (OCT).
- Other duties as assigned.
- Schedule appointments and conduct follow-up communication to confirm appointments.
- Schedule patients for the optometrist not currently covered by the COTAs – to include appointments for optometry services, the Veterans Affairs (VA), insurance and LRS.
- Create and maintain records for the optometrist and/or occupational therapist.
- Schedule individual and group counseling sessions for the licensed professional counselor; maintain records for the counseling service.
- Provide patient notifications regarding dates/times of sessions.
- Maintain records for LRS referrals, pending open cases, based on LRS eligibility; keep abreast of case status to ensure timely scheduling of clients.
- Manage phone calls and answer questions regarding status of current LRS clients regarding equipment and approval.
- Assist patients/clients with paperwork
- Be able and willing to work the reception desk to greet patients/clients and visitors, as needed.
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- Minimum of a high school diploma
- Minimum of one year of experience providing assistance in an Optometry practice. No additional experience is required for the entry level position other than a commitment to learn the specialized training and skills required to perform job duties successfully with respect to the needs of those with low vision and blindness
- Educated on and compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, (HIPAA) regulations; maintains strict confidentiality of client information
- Complies with infection control, standard precautions, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for healthcare professionals
- Ability to work effectively independently and with other team members
- Ability to organize and complete work in a timely manner
- Ability to read, write and communicate effectively
- Ability to understand medical/clinical terminology
- Compliance with supplemental health care pre-assessment and medical requirements
- Physical demands: stooping, standing, turning, bending, kneeling and the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
- Furthermore, the professional will read and abide with the policies and procedures of Louisiana Association for the Blind (L.A.B.), and is responsible to comply with any revisions that are communicated. In addition, the clinical assistant will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by a supervisor on behalf of L.A.B.
Louisiana Association for the Blind (L.A.B.) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. L.A.B. does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by Federal, state, or local law. L.A.B. is a drug free work place. Applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.
Job Type: Part-time
- relevant: 1 year (Required)
- High school or equivalent (Required)
Typical start time:
Typical end time:
- Bi weekly or Twice monthly
This Job Is:
- Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma