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Job Title: Health Technician (Ophthalmology)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Baltimore, MD
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical
Job Description
Health Technician (Ophthalmology)

Incumbent is a staff technician and functions under the supervision of a staff Ophthalmologist or Optometrist, while meeting the needs of the eye clinic in general. In carrying out the clinical duties and responsibilities of this position, the incumbent:

  • Knowledge of general outpatient clinical policies and procedures in a healthcare environment;
  • Ability to obtain, document and record demographic and medical information from patients in order to develop an accurate medical record;
  • Ability to use basic ophthalmic equipment;
  • Knowledge of basic disinfection of non-critical reusable medical equipment;
  • Knowledge of anatomy and function of the eye and basic ocular pharmacology;
  • Ability to use basic ophthalmic diagnostic equipment to perform preliminary ocular testing;
  • Ability to perform minor extraocular surgical assisting; and
  • Ability to provide eye care patient education;
  • Obtains an accurate medical and ophthalmic history;
  • Measures and records visual acuity;
  • Administers anesthetic eye drops;
  • Performing basic tonometry;
  • Estimates the anterior chamber depth;
  • Records a simple spectacle reading through automated lensometry;
  • Triages patient phone calls or requests;
  • Ensures exam rooms are stocked with adequate supplies;
  • Instructs patients on administration of eye drops and post-operative instructions;
  • Accurately measures, compares, and evaluates pupillary responses;
  • Administers eye drops to dilate pupils;
  • Performs basic color vision screening;
  • Performs basic visual field testing (using Amsler grid or automated equipment);
  • Performs basic imaging testing such as corneal topography; external photography; Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT);
  • Performs basic ocular testing such as pachymetry, tear production with test strips, glare testing, stereo acuity, contrast sensitivity, potential acuity meter, measuring spectacles using both automated and manual lensometry and transposing cylinders;
  • Assists the ophthalmologist during minor ophthalmic surgical procedures and is adept at applying sterile technique and infection control procedures;
  • Performs autorefractor to determine spectacle prescription.
Work Schedule: 7:30 AM to 4 PM and 8 AM to 4:30 PM
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.
  • Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled.
  • 1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level

Preferred Experience:
1. Knowledge of anatomy and function of the eye and basic ocular pharmacology;

2. Knowledge of outpatient eye care policies and procedures in a health care environment;

3. Ability to use basic ophthalmic diagnostic equipment to perform preliminary ocular testing;

4. Ability to perform minor extraocular surgical assisting; and

5. Ability to provide eye care patient education.


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

References: See VA Handbook 5005 /98, Part II, Appendix G52

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7.

Physical Requirements: Physical requirements are those physical, mental and emotional capabilities and characteristics that are essential for successful job performance.

None

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

  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)
  • Resume


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
  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • 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.
  • Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled.
  • 1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level

Preferred Experience:
1. Knowledge of anatomy and function of the eye and basic ocular pharmacology;

2. Knowledge of outpatient eye care policies and procedures in a health care environment;

3. Ability to use basic ophthalmic diagnostic equipment to perform preliminary ocular testing;

4. Ability to perform minor extraocular surgical assisting; and

5. Ability to provide eye care patient education.


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

References: See VA Handbook 5005 /98, Part II, Appendix G52

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7.

Physical Requirements: Physical requirements are those physical, mental and emotional capabilities and characteristics that are essential for successful job performance.
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Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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Contact Email:LisaA.Williams@va.gov
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