ophthalmic technician

Due diligence can mean difference between good plan, bad planWhen developing a new plan for a medical practice, explore solutions and barriers from all possible angles (including an escape route) before implementing the endeavor.
4 steps to care for ophthalmic instrumentsProper care and handling of ophthalmic instruments is essential in decreasing the risk of healthcare-acquired infections.
How techs should handle ocular emergencies
How techs should handle ocular emergenciesWhen a patient experiencing an ocular emergency walks through the door, it is vital that every member of the team knows what to do in order to save the patient’s sight—and in some cases, his life. (Editor's note: This article contains some graphic images of ocular trauma that may be disturbing to some readers.)
Top-paying states for ophthalmic techsDoes your state make the list?
The proper procedure for testing pupilsBecause of its potential to reveal serious retinal, neurologic or other disease, pupil testing is a crucial part of the ophthalmic examination and requires astute observation. This procedure should be included as a component of every comprehensive examination or any time a patient needs to be dilated—in addition to any problem-focused visit involving eye health, such as a red eye visit, ocular emergency, or intraocular pressure (IOP) check.
The technician’s role with anesthesia: Part IIIn Part I, I discussed the importance of preoperative preparation, including a detailed medical history to insure a safe surgical experience. (See Fall 2014 issue) In this piece, I will cover the specific medications used with anesthesia, how they are used together to achieve the goals for a particular operation, and finally a discussion of aspects of post-operative management.
Five things that make a great technicianI don’t want good technicians working in our clinic; I want the best technicians working in the clinic. Many people make the assumption that if they pass the JCAHPO, COA, COT, or COMT tests that they are good technicians. That might mean it would also be safe to say that the higher the certification, the better the technician.
The technician’s role with anesthesiaThe technician is usually the patient’s first contact in the clinic. He or she frequently will perform the initial history to include both medical and ocular conditions and may perform the initial stages of the exam, including dilating the patient. As the first contact, the technician has an important role in obtaining a good medical history and a detailed medication and allergy list. In addition, the technician needs to understand the significance of this information in preparing the patient for surgery.
Addressing issues in the clinic to improve office moraleTo improve morale, managers need to have a pulse on the dynamics of the group and work on the issues that can cause daily frustration.
What the doctor expects from the techFrom medical knowledge to technical skills, eyecare practitioners (both OD and MD) have expectations of their technicians. Tech attendees at Vision Expo East learned what their doctors expected.