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Job Title: HealthTechnician (Ophthalmology)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Providence, RI
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical
Job Description
HealthTechnician (Ophthalmology)
  • Measuring visual fields including central field of vision using peripheral field of vision using.
  • Assisting the ophthalmologist during minor clinic procedure by preparing instruments and/or medications; holding tissue with tractionsutures or forceps; keeping the ocular tissue moist; keeping the operative field clean; and keeping instruments clean and properly maintained.
  • Changing eye dressings, recognizing signs of infection or wound problem.
  • Assisting with intraocular injections.
  • Measuring corneal curvature.
  • Providing instructions in the care of contact lenses, instruction of visual training and orthoptic treatment as directed.
  • Administrative duties not inclusive to requesting equipment repair, ordering supplies for multiple optometry and ophthalmology clinics.
  • Performing an annual inventory of ophthalmic equipment.
  • Ordering supplies for the digital equipment; OSHA mandated infection control and medications such as eye drops and ointments.

Work Schedule: The Providence VA Medical Center is an acute care facility operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week. While most tours of duty are scheduled during the day, the possibility of working evenings, nights and weekends does exist. Shift changes will be considered based on patient and facility needs.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language: To be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., Chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in Veterans Health Administration (VHA), applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Experience: One year of experience in a health care field, such as but not limited to nursing, medical assistant, or health technician. OR,
  • Education: Two years above high school with a minimum of six semester hours directly related to a health care field or associates degree in a health care related degree. OR,
  • Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.
  • Certification: All applicants must be certified as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). The COA certification is JCAHPO's entry-level certification examination for a Health Technician (Ophthalmology). A copy of the certification is required to be uploaded with your application in order to be considered.

Grade Determinations:
In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Qualifying Experience: GS-08 requires: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in Federal service. Specialized experience includes performing both administrative and patient care duties in an optometry/ophthalmic office or clinic that includes: knowledge of anatomy and physiology and an in-depth understanding of the functioning of the visual system, related disorders and diseases; obtaining a thorough patient history; interpreting information and test results; performing specialized techniques for imaging the eye; performing complicated ocular examinations; operating and maintaining ocular equipment and instruments; knowledge of the pharmacology for ophthalmic and general medical drugs; using a computer to order, obtain and review laboratory results; and maintaining patient records? (*To receive credit for these skills they must be documented in your application/ resume.)

In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
  1. Ability to perform advanced tonometry and pupil evaluation;
  2. Ability to perform calculations for selection of intraocular lens;
  3. Knowledge of clinic based ophthalmic surgical assisting;
  4. Knowledge of eye anatomy and physiology;
  5. Knowledge of medication effects and proper instillation in the eye;
  6. Knowledge of optics;
  7. Knowledge of proper cleaning and maintenance of clinic equipment.

References: VA Handbook 5005/98 Part II Appendix G52 Health Technician (Ophthalmology) Qualification Standard

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08.

Physical Requirements: The incumbent requires adequate manual dexterity and fine motor coordination to utilize some of the instrumentation. In addition, the incumbent may be required to transfer patients from a wheelchair to the examination chairs or seating in the testing areas. The Technician will move from a sitting/standing position several times during the day. Because of the nature of the population treated, the technician may be required to assist in the lifting of heavy patients to position the patient properly for the ophthalmology examination. Bending is occasionally required to access medical records or ophthalmic instruments. This position requires regard walking, sitting, standing and occasionally handling supply boxes of varying weights throughout most of the work day. It is not a sedentary position.

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Copy of current Ophthalmic Assistant Certification
  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Copy of current Ophthalmic Assistant Certification
  • SF-50 (Most recent, non-award)
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language: To be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., Chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in Veterans Health Administration (VHA), applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Experience: One year of experience in a health care field, such as but not limited to nursing, medical assistant, or health technician. OR,
  • Education: Two years above high school with a minimum of six semester hours directly related to a health care field or associates degree in a health care related degree. OR,
  • Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.
  • Certification: All applicants must be certified as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). The COA certification is JCAHPO's entry-level certification examination for a Health Technician (Ophthalmology). A copy of the certification is required to be uploaded with your application in order to be considered.

Grade Determinations:
In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Qualifying Experience: GS-08 requires: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in Federal service. Specialized experience includes performing both administrative and patient care duties in an optometry/ophthalmic office or clinic that includes: knowledge of anatomy and physiology and an in-depth understanding of the functioning of the visual system, related disorders and diseases; obtaining a thorough patient history; interpreting information and test results; performing specialized techniques for imaging the eye; performing complicated ocular examinations; operating and maintaining ocular equipment and instruments; knowledge of the pharmacology for ophthalmic and general medical drugs; using a computer to order, obtain and review laboratory results; and maintaining patient records? (*To receive credit for these skills they must be documented in your application/ resume.)

In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
  1. Ability to perform advanced tonometry and pupil evaluation;
  2. Ability to perform calculations for selection of intraocular lens;
  3. Knowledge of clinic based ophthalmic surgical assisting;
  4. Knowledge of eye anatomy and physiology;
  5. Knowledge of medication effects and proper instillation in the eye;
  6. Knowledge of optics;
  7. Knowledge of proper cleaning and maintenance of clinic equipment.

References: VA Handbook 5005/98 Part II Appendix G52 Health Technician (Ophthalmology) Qualification Standard

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08.

Physical Requirements: The incumbent requires adequate manual dexterity and fine motor coordination to utilize some of the instrumentation. In addition, the incumbent may be required to transfer patients from a wheelchair to the examination chairs or seating in the testing areas. The Technician will move from a sitting/standing position several times during the day. Because of the nature of the population treated, the technician may be required to assist in the lifting of heavy patients to position the patient properly for the ophthalmology examination. Bending is occasionally required to access medical records or ophthalmic instruments. This position requires regard walking, sitting, standing and occasionally handling supply boxes of varying weights throughout most of the work day. It is not a sedentary position.
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