Why a Career in Eye Care Technologies?
Do you have an interest in the health field and like the science of medicine? Do you like working with people and have good communication skills? Then working in the Eye Care field would be a great fit for you!
Eye Care Technicians work closely with ophthalmologists in patient care, as well as utilizing advanced vision care equipment and performing various diagnostic tests. US News and World Report shows the Ophthalmic Medical Technician to be one of the best health care support jobs in America and employment is expected to increase by almost 20% in the next ten years.
What Eye Care Technicians Do?
Eye Care Technicians complete the patient’s eye examination such as:
- Taking the patient’s medical history
- Reviewing the patient’s medications
- Checking visual acuity
- Testing visual fields
- Assessing pupils and ocular muscles
- Measuring intraocular pressure
- Performing refractometry
Technicians also perform various types of special testing, imaging and assist in minor surgical procedures. These assistants are a vital part of the eye care team and can learn quite a bit on the job.
Average Salary of an Eye Care Technician or Assistant
How much you can earn as a trained Eye Care Technician depends on a number of factors, including the quality of your training, your experience and your overall abilities. Annual salaries in Oklahoma range from $22,000 to $52,000 per year, with the average salary being $35,000 per year.
Eye Care Technicians and Assistants usually work 35-40 hours a week in an office setting. Technicians with an outgoing personality tend to be quite successful. Manual dexterity is important for operating equipment. Standing and walking may be needed for much of the day.
Industries that normally hire technicians are:
- Physician offices
- Medical and surgical hospitals
- Outpatient care centers
- Health care stores
- Specialty hospitals
- Universities and professional schools
- Scientific research services
Metro Tech provides training for two full-time career majors:
- Eye Care Assistant High school seniors in Metro Tech’s district attend tuition free
- Eye Care Technician Adults attend for a full-program tuition cost of $1,888
High school students and adults can complete their training in approximately ten months. Sessions are held August through May. Completing one of these career majors prepares you to start a career immediately. Metro Tech partners with the nationally recognized Dean McGee Eye Institute which provides students opportunities to work in clinical internships along side doctors at the institute.
To be successful in the Eye Care programs, it is recommended that you have reading and math skills at a 10th grade level, good communication skills, good eye-hand coordination and work as a team player.
Short-term or continuing education courses at Metro Tech include:
- Eye Care-Introduction
- Eye Care Anatomy and Physiology
- Eye Care Optics-I
- Eye Care Optics-II
- Eye Care Optics-III
- IV Therapy
Completion of the Eye Care Technician program prepares you to become a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA). This certification confirms that the assistant is knowledgeable in 19 specific content areas. The more training and certifications received, the more opportunities become available and the potential of salary increases. Certification is provided by the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO).
Metro Tech Accredited Training
Metro Tech is accredited by:
Applications have been made and are pending for industry accreditation by the IJCAHPO.
For more information call (405) 595-4678.