Optometry Technicians assist optometrists in the delivery of eye care. They perform pre-testing, ocular imaging/testing, ready exam rooms, and clinic management. They assist with the education of optometry residents/students. They may also assist in the ordering and verification of contact lenses and the training of patients regarding contact lens care. These positions are eligible for Relocation and Recruitment Incentives. Incentives are available for grades, GS-4, GS-5, GS-6 and GS-7. Optometry Technicians in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) have both clinical and administrative responsibilities. Health Technician (Optometry), GS-04 Serves as an entry level health technician in optometry. More experienced staff members guide and provide daily direct supervision for the health technicians at this level. Health Technician (Optometry), GS-05 Serves as a developmental health technician in optometry. Technicians at this level receive guidance from more experienced staff members for patient issues and require daily and direct contact with senior optometry personnel at the work site. Health Technician (Optometry), GS-06 Serves as a developmental health technician in optometry. Technicians at this level perform all the duties and responsibilities below, under supervision from senior optometry personnel. Health Technician (Optometry), GS-07 Serves as a full performance level health technician in optometry. Technicians at this level perform all the duties and responsibilities below. Clinical Responsibilities: - Checks and performs calibration of technical optometric screening instruments; - Instills eye medications (drops or ointment); - Neutralizes eyeglasses; - Verifies contact lenses; - Performs auto-refraction/keratometry; - Performs automated visual field testing; - Performs external photographs and fundus photography; - Performs optical coherence tomography of the anterior segment, retina, and optic nerve; - Performs patient screening and triage of potentially urgent ocular conditions; - Performs patient spectacle fitting and dispensing, including selection of appropriate frame, ophthalmic lenses, interpupillary; measurements (distance and near) and proper segment height determination, as well as the ability to transpose sphere, cylinder and axis; - Performs minor eyeglasses repairs, such as replacing nose pads and screws; - Orders eyeglasses and contact lenses; - Assists in the education and training of optometry students and residents; - Ensures proper cleaning and disinfection, calibration, and maintenance of ophthalmic equipment. Administrative Responsibilities: The incumbent works collaboratively with the optometry staff and surgical service administration: - Assists with management of optometry clinic operations; - Maximizes clinic function (patient flow, equipment status, etc.); - Participates in completing projects to improve care or clinic function as assigned by the Optometry Chief and other optometry staff; - Orders supplies and equipment, obtains quotes as needed; - Assists with annual inventory; - Reports needed repairs to biomedical engineering; - Assists in managing contact lens clinic (orders, lens verification, communication with patients, etc.); - Communicates with patients via phone and secure messaging; - Manages secure messaging; - Manages faxes. Quality Management: - Prepares and readies clinics for inspections; - Completes required trainings and other required trainings as assigned by the Optometry Chief; - Participates as requested in addressing veteran related complaints/issues. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.