CAN YOU BE AN EYE TECH? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Do you have what it takes to become an ophthalmic or optometric technician? Are you a "people person" who enjoys learning? Do you have some experience in healthcare? Are you looking for a well-paying job with benefits? Then maybe this is the career move you have been looking for.
Our technicians begin your eye examination and do a number of eye tests before you see the doctor. They measure your current glasses, do an initial check of your glasses prescription to see if your vision can be improved, check your eye pressure and put eye drops in along with a number of other activities. They assist our ophthalmologist and optometrists every step of the way.
We provide 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 most eye technicians started with on-the-job training and continued on to take outside courses for certification.
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 eye 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, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.