Ophthalmic Medical Technologist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Assists ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions and ophthalmic photography. Provides instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel. Assists with minor surgical procedures, applying aseptic techniques and preparing instruments. May perform eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct patients in care and use of corrective lenses.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Conducts tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
  • Collects ophthalmic measurements or other diagnostic information, using ultrasound equipment, such as A-scan ultrasound biometry or B-scan ultrasonography equipment.
  • Measures visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
  • Takes anatomical or functional ocular measurements of the eye or surrounding tissue, such as axial length measurements.
  • Takes and documents patients' medical histories.
  • Calculates corrections for refractive errors.
  • Administers topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
  • Measures and records lens power, using lensometers.
  • Maintains ophthalmic instruments or equipment.
  • Conducts visual field tests to measure field of vision.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Certified Diagnostic Ophthalmic Sonographer and Registered Ophthalmic Ultrasound Biometrist (CDOS and ROUB) --
  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant --
  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) --
  • Certified Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant --
  • Clinical Supervisor --
  • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant --
  • Ophthalmic Technologist (Ophthalmic Tech) --
  • Ophthalmology Surgical Technician --
  • Surgical Coordinator --