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Ophthalmic Assistant

Primary Location Honolulu, Hawaii Worker Location Onsite Facility Honolulu Medical Offices Job Number 1285168 Date posted 06/10/2024
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Job Summary:

Under direct supervision and with technical direction from ophthalmologist, assists in performance of variety of technical, treatment, patient-attending, and related clerical duties.  Administers approved medications taking appropriate precautions in accordance with policies and departmental procedures. Assists practitioner with minor surgical procedures. Performs routine ophthalmic testing procedures under guidance of supervising physician.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Performs all patient care activities under personal supervision of ophthalmologist until completed American Academy of Ophthalmology Independent Study Course and deemed competent. Performs under direct supervision thereafter.

  • Directs, escorts or wheels patient into treatment/examination room. Explains test procedure and reviews written material/instructions.

  • Records reason for visit, history of present illness, review of systems and ocular findings.

  • Upon successful completion of KP Hawaii clinical competency requirements for NAP medication administration, administers authorized medications per regional policies under delegation of Registered Nurse.

  • Per written guidelines, observes patient for unusual conditions. Alerts practitioner or RN of any unusual findings, conditions, or concerns.

  • Preps patient and performs routine ophthalmic procedures, including but not limited to visual acuity measurement, color vision testing, lensometry, keratometry, testing pupil function, tonometry, automated perimetry, and visual field testing.  Performs other objective ophthalmic testing and automated image capture as assigned and under guidance of supervising ophthalmologist.

  • Preps patient for minor surgery procedures and laser treatments in office. Assists practitioner by setting up sterile and unsterile fields. Prepares appropriate equipment and examination area. Removes and applies dressings as directed.

  • Reviews written post treatment instructions for care or medication self-administration. Documents care given in medical record.

  • Records test results in medical record. Checks chart for completeness.

  • Performs clerical and receptionist functions according to policies and procedures. Pends requests for prescription refills and forwards to physician.

  • Maintains equipment and supplies in clean, orderly, safe and usable condition. Calibrates equipment according to manufacturers specifications. Reports malfunctions to Bio-Medical Department and practitioner. Inventories and orders supplies to assure adequate stock. Inventories and maintains surgical instruments in accordance with OSHA standards. Inventories and maintains medications.

  • Opens and closes exam lanes daily, ensuring equipment is cleaned and disinfected in appropriate manner, battery-powered instruments are seated properly in recharge wells, slit lamps and projectors are switched off and are under covers.

  • Follows safety and infection control standards.

  • Gathers, collates and/or completes department data to assist ophthalmologist in special studies and research. Participates in educational conferences as requested.
Basic Qualifications:

  • One year ophthalmic area experience or related field.


  • High school diploma.
  • Completion of Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) approved formal or home study ophthalmic assistant program (must be successfully completed within 6 months of hire).
  • Completion of the Kaiser Permanente Pharmacological and Med Admin training (must be successfully completed within probationary period)
License, Certification, Registration
  • Basic Life Support from American Heart Association
Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in adaptability, change management, customer service, interpersonal relations, oral communication, results orientation, teamwork, and written communication.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • N/A
Primary Location: Hawaii,Honolulu,Honolulu Medical Offices 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 Worker Location: Onsite Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: HL5|UNITE HERE|Local 5 Job Level: Entry Level Department: Honolulu Medical Office - Ophthalmology - 1208 Pay Range: $24.61 - $25.97 / hour The ranges posted above reflect the location in the job posting. The salary range may vary if you reside in a different location or state than the location posted. Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time On-site: Work location is on-site (KP designated office, medical office building or hospital). Worker location must align with Kaiser Permanente's Authorized States policy. At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

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. Submit Interest