CAN YOU BE AN EYE TECH? by Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Do you have what it takes to become an ophthalmic technician? Are you a "people person" who enjoys learning? Do you have some experience in healthcare? Then maybe this is the career move you have been looking for.
An ophthalmic technician is the person who begins your eye examination and does a number of eye tests before you see the doctor. He or she measures your current glasses, does an initial check of your glasses prescription to see if your vision can be improved, checks your eye pressure and puts eye drops in along with a number of other activities.
At Lakeshore Eye Care, all our technicians engage in continuing education to obtain certification from JCAHPO which stand for the "Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology" - now you know why we abbreviate it! There are some degree programs for this field but none in the area so most local ophthalmic technicians started with on-the-job training and continue to take outside courses on a periodic basis.
This is an interesting and challenging career for someone looking to expand their horizons. Optometry and Ophthalmology are ever changing fields so the job never gets stale. If you think this may be the job for you, contact our office manager Linda at Lknapp@LakeShoreVision.com with your resume and a brief letter describing why you think you would make a good ophthalmic technician. And if there are any experienced ophthalmic or optometric techs out there, we'd love to hear from you also!
For more eye care information visit www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.