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Assistant, Optometric Float

Primary Location Fairfax, Virginia Job Number 1097532 Date posted 08/10/2022
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Performs initial work-up and specialized tests for optometry patients. Assists optometrists with clinical tasks as directed by the optometrist.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Greets patients, enters data into medical records, and escorts patients to examination room.

  • Interviews each patient to obtain information about symptoms and documents information provided by patient in medical record.

  • Performs initial tests for optometry patients using specialized equipment.

  • Provides test results to provider and brings attention to abnormal results.

  • Assists optometrist to conduct examinations as directed.

  • Assists patients to understand spectacle and contact lens options following diagnosis by optometrist.

  • Cleans and maintains specialized equipment and work areas.

  • Performs other related duties as directed.

Must pass a practical skills evaluation.

Must obtain Para-Optometric Certification within 12 months of hire date. 

Supports all NOVA Centers with Optometry Clinics.

Support Saturday Clinics when there is a business need.

Works late days based on business needs.


Basic Qualifications:



  • Minimum one (1) year experience doing patient work-ups to include visual acuities, manual and automated lensometry, auto-refraction, non-contact tonometry and knowledge of contact lenses including the teaching of insertion and removal classes or completion of inter-departmental training program emphasizing above skills developed by the Optometry department.



  • One (1) of the following certifications: Contact Lens Dispenser (US-CLD), National Contact lens Examiners Certification, Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (US-COA, CPOA, CPOT), National Para-Optometric (US-CPO), Completion of any Optometric Assistant Program of studies, Completion of the Self-Study Paraoptometric Assistant Course, Ophthalmic Medical Assisting-Independent Study Course, or any comparable certification or Optometric or Ophthalmic course completion required or within six (6) months from date of hire.

  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.


License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A


Additional Requirements:

  • Successfully demonstrated proficiency on initial skills assessment during the interview process.

  • Proficiency in the use of applicable computer software.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • BLS Certification preferred.

Primary Location: Virginia,Fairfax,Fair Oaks Medical Center Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Working Hours Start: 08:30 AM Working Hours End: 05:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: M40|OPEIU|Local 2 Job Level: Individual Contributor Department: Fair Oaks Medical Center - Optometry - 1808 Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.