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Certified Ophthalmic Assistant

Primary Location Lakewood, Colorado Worker Location Onsite Facility Lakewood Medical Offices Job Number 1284001 Date posted 05/29/2024
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SEIU Local 105 - $24.94 - $28.28
“May be entitled to translation/bilingual, shift or other wage premiums as governed by the applicable collective bargaining agreement. Please refer to the respective collective bargaining agreement for additional information on such wage premiums:   

Job Summary:

Under direct supervision of Department Manager and guidance of provider, performs a wide variety of eye care duties to assist the medicl providers in the examination and treatment of eye disorders, using knowledge of advanced opthalmic techniques and procedures. Makes members/patients and their needs a primary focus of ones actions; develops and sustains productive member/patient relationships. Actively seeks information to understand member/patient circumstances, problems, expectations, and needs. Builds rapport and cooperative relationship with members/patients. Considers how actions or plans will affect members; responds quickly to meet member/patient needs and resolves problems.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • This position, knows and complies with all Kaiser Permanente quality, safety, and emergency policies and procedures. Demonstrates quality and effectiveness in work habits and clinical practice in every interaction with patients, colleagues, providers, and leadership. Ensures patient safety in the preparation and provisioning of care related to but not limited to medications, procedures, infection prevention, fall prevention, including consistent use of two patient identifiers and procedural time outs. Reports safety hazards, accidents and incidents, and unsafe working conditions promptly.

  • Prepares examination and treatment rooms by cleaning, stocking and arranging supplies and equipment which requires bending, reaching and moderate lifting of up to 45 pounds throughout the day.

  • Reviews appointment schedule to determine patient visits order; greets and escorts patient to examination or treatment room, and instructs or assists patient in preparation for scheduled procedures including communication by telephone, email and in person. Interviews patient to obtain ocular history, family history, systemic illness, allergies and medications and appropriate documentation in electronic medical record.

  • Performs vision screening examinations as directed, recording data in standard format for interpretation by medical provider. This includes: Visual acuity-cc and sc / distance and near; Stereopsis; Color testing; Tonometry- all methods of obtaining intraocular pressure. EOM; Pupil assessment; CVF; Slit Lamp examination; and Lensometry.

  • Performs other technical skills as directed by provider will include: Keratometry (manual and automatic); Retinoscopy; Refractometry (manual or automatic); Potential acuity meter; visual field; Photography (fundus), anterior segment and external); Ultrasound (A scan and B scan measurements); and the removal, cleaning and insertion of contact lenses. Additional testing as ordered by a physician.

  • Scribes pertinent medical findings, assessment and plan, as dictated by eye care provider.

  • Assists medical providers during minor surgical and laser and other misc. procedures by setting up necessary equipment; attending to patient during procedure; and providing appropriate supplies and instruments as directed, while strictly adhering to sterile and clean technique.

  • Cleans, packages and sterilizes reusable supplies and instruments as needed, using approved sterilization methods. Cleans and maintains  ophthalmic instruments (e.g. slit lamp, ophthalmoscopes, lenses, etc), appropriately.

  • Scan/upload medical documentation.

  • Performs routine clerical and reception duties as directed, such as ordering supplies, scheduling appointments, completing patient visit records, maintaining departmental logs, answering phones, taking messages, checking in patients and using the electronic medical records system appropriately.

  • Performs other duties as assigned, may assist in orienting and training new employees, transporting equipment and patients within guidelines and taking inventories.

  • In addition to defined technical requirements, accountable for consistently demonstrating service behaviors and principles defined by the Kaiser Permanente Service Quality Credo, the KP Mission as well as specific departmental/organizational initiatives. Also accountable for consistently demonstrating the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to provide superior and culturally sensitive service to each other, to our members, and to purchasers, contracted providers and vendors.

Basic Qualifications:


  • N/A


  • High school graduation or equivalent.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Ophthalmic Assistant Certificate

Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated customer service skills, customer focus abilities and the ability to understand Kaiser Permanente customer needs.

  • Disclaimer: The union and the company are currently investigating the qualifications for this position under the bargaining unit. If it is determined that the qualifications are different than as described, appropriate action will be taken.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Position prefers six (6) months to one (1) year of previous experience as a Certified Opthalmic Aassistant.

Shifts scheduled between 7 AM and 6 PM, M-F.  May change in the future.

Primary Location: Colorado,Lakewood,Lakewood Medical Offices Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Variable Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: 12:00 AM Working Hours End: 11:59 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Worker Location: Onsite Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: C01|SEIU|Local 105 Job Level: Entry Level Department: Lakewood Medical Offices - Ophthalmology-Outpatient - 1608 Pay Range: $24.94 - $28.28 / 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, 50 % 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