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Optometric Assistant - Silver Spring Medical Center

Location: Silver Spring, MD Job Number: 711474 Date posted: 07/03/2018
Description: 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.


  • This position is for a 40 hour work week may consist of 4 ten hour day increments with one day off during the week (rotating day off based on coverage needs) or 5 eight hour days as dictated by staffing requirements. Shift start times are variable starting as early as 7 am or as late as 11 am. Candidate will be required to float to other centers in the DCSM area (Marlow Heights, Camp Springs, Capitol Hill, Kensington & Gaithersburg) as needed for staffing coverage purposes.


    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience doing patient work-up's 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.
    Education
  • High school diploma or GED required.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • One 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.

    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.
  • Experience with OCT, case history, and visual acuity testing preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

    Primary Location: Maryland,Silver Spring,Silver Spring Medical Center 12201 Plum Orchard Dr Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: OPEIU - Local 2 Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Patient Care Services (Non RN) Department: Optometry 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.

    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.
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