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Certified Optometry Assistant

Location: Salem, OR Job Number: 886673 Date posted: 10/16/2020

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Description:

To assist and support doctors of optometry in a collaborative relationship to provide patients with optimum levels of general optometric care. Under the direct supervision of the doctor, will provide technical and support assistance to improve the efficacy and efficiency of the doctors of optometry.



Essential Functions:


- To assist and support doctors of optometry in a collaborative relationship to provide patients with optimum levels of general optometric care. Under the direct supervision of the doctor, will provide technical and support assistance to improve the efficacy and efficiency of the doctors of optometry.
- Receive and process phone calls and other patient communication, from patients, assess the nature of the situation and manage triage accordingly. Manage all aspects of doctor(s) schedule, including booking appointments.
- Maintain diagnostic and therapeutic instruments and equipment to insure that they are clean and accurate. Assess condition of instruments and arrange for repair and/or recalibration as necessary. Maintain instruments and medications for ophthalmic therapeutics; insure that instruments and medications are available and sterile.
- Respond to patient concerns and resolve or forward them to the proper person or area for resolution.
- Coordinate patient optometric care with optical dispensing, membership services, family practice, ophthalmology, pharmacy and other KP departments and services.
- Follow all KP policies, procedures, and behavior guidelines and standards for the treatment of members and confidentiality of their care. Perform other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:
Experience
- Two (2) years of previous experience in optometric or other ophthalmic practice.
Education
- High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
License, Certification, Registration
- Paraoptometric Assistant or Technician certification by the American Optometric Association at time of hire or within 18 months of employment.
 
Additional Requirements:
- Demonstrated experience and competence with ophthalmic instruments, including: auto-refractor, auto-lensometer, non-contact tonometer, Titmus vision tester, Snellen chart, visual acuity projector, and visual field testing equipment.
- Demonstrated proficiency in use of instruments and equipment for preliminary testing, ancillary testing and in the application of eyedrops.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to function effectively in a professional environment within a managed practice organization. Familiarity with optometric and optical terminology.
- Familiarity with optometric instruments and equipment.



Preferred Qualifications:
- Three (3) years of previous experience in optometric or other ophthalmic practice.
- Basic knowledge of Kaiser Permanente policies, procedures and philosophy and culture.
- Thorough knowledge of basic science and optics, familiarity with optometric and/or ophthalmic procedures related to preliminary testing.
- Basic knowledge of instillation of optometric diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceuticals as applied to the practice of optometry.
- Working knowledge of HealthConnect.

Primary Location: Oregon,Salem,North Lancaster Medical Offices 2400 NE Lancaster Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat Working Hours Start: 7:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:30 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: OFNHP - Technical Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Optical Services Department: Optometry Travel: Yes, 100 % 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.

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

Learn About Vision Services Careers

Vision Services

Our focus on total health extends to one of our most important senses: our sight. As a member of our vision services team, you'll contribute to our members' comprehensive eye care and individual style by supporting them with a variety of services, including optometry, ophthalmology, optical sales, laser vision correction, intraocular lens implantation, cataract surgery, and more. Working directly with members, you'll promote vision health and a positive outlook as you contribute to our collaborative team.

From providing great medical care from trusted Kaiser Permanente Ophthalmologists and Optometrists, to supporting that with a great selection of eyewear at our Optical Centers — often in the same convenient location — our Vision Essentials team makes sure our members feel, see, and look their best.

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