An ophthalmic assistant works with ophthalmologists and ophthalmologists.They
work directly with patients. The ophthalmic assistant will gather relevant
information before the patient sees the ophthalmologist. Ophthalmic assistants
will gather information about the patients current glasses. They ask medically
relevant questions relating to ocular health. They gather information about the
patients current medications.
Ophthalmic assistants also answer phone calls, answers patient questions, and
Most employers will require a high school degree. As certification increases
from ophthalmic assistant to certified ophthalmic assistant, to certified
ophthalmic technician, salary increases.
According to payscale.com the median hourly wage of
ophthalmic assistant is $13.
While the median salary for a
certified ophthalmic assistant is $15.
One year after you get your COA you are eligible to take the
COT which will get you about $18.
This is a comparison of the yearly salaries of these three professions from indeed.com.
Ophthalmic Assistants – 39,000
Ophthalmic Assistant Certified Ophthalmology – 40,000
Ophthalmic Technician Certified Ophthalmology – 41,000
These are some common routs that COAs take. Click to get more information about
the salary of each path.
I used two sources. The first source comes from payscale.com. The second source comes from indeed.com. I also have a page dedicated to searching for jobs here.
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