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

The Health Technician (Ophthalmology) performs a range of standard, but complex, diagnostic procedures, including but not limited to:

  • Checks and performs calibration of technical ophthalmology screening instruments.
  • Obtains patient physical history, current medication allergies; past ocular and general medical history; family history; social history; and review of medications and allergies.
  • Accurately tests visual acuity at distance and near, with and without correction or with and without a pinhole.
  • Measures eyeglass prescription using manual or automated lensometer, recording sphere, cylinder, axis, and prism in both plus and minus cylinder.
  • Instills eye medications.
  • Measures intraocular pressure with standard techniques, including Goldmann applanation tonometry.
  • Performs intra-ocular lens calculations using an IOL Master or equivalent device; automated visual field testing using various perimetry machines; external photographs and fundus photography; optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the anterior segment, retina and optic nerve; patient screening and triage of potentially urgent ocular conditions; pachymetry to determine corneal thickness and manual keratometry or automated topography to determine corneal curvature; basic refractometry utilizing an auto refraction or habitual glass prescription in the phoropter; pupil evaluation recording pupil size, shape, symmetry, reaction to light and accommodation; and swinging flashlight test to detect a relative afferent pupillary defect.
  • Assists during clinic-based ophthalmic surgery, including revision of wounds, biopsies of the eyelid lesions, cultures of conjunctiva, or cornea; reformation of anterior chamber, evacuation of hyphema, repositioning of corneal endothelial grafts, intra-vitreous injections, and laser surgical procedures.
  • Educates patients and legal authorized representatives in eye care, including preoperative and postoperative instructions.
  • Assists in the education and training of medical students, residents and fellows in those facilities with medical school affiliations.
  • Ensures proper cleaning and disinfection; calibration, maintenance, backup, annual inventory and ordering of instruments, supplies and equipment; obtains quotes as needed; and reports needed repairs to biomedical engineering.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 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.
  • Experience and Education:
    • 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 associate's degree in a health care related degree.
      OR
    • Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. Examples are listed below:
      • Six months of experience in the health care field; and one year above high school; or
      • Six months of experience in the health care field and successful completion of a course for health care technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or ophthalmology technicians given by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
      • Six months of experience in the health care field and completion of an independent study course in Ophthalmic Medical Assisting.
  • 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).
  • English Language Proficiency: Health Technicians (Ophthalmology) must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 38 U.S.C. 7407(d).


Grade Level Requirements:

  • Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level.
  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA): In addition, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
    • Ability to perform advanced tonometry and pupil evaluation;
    • Ability to perform calculations for selection of intraocular lens;
    • Knowledge of clinic based ophthalmic surgical assisting;
    • Knowledge of eye anatomy and physiology;
    • Knowledge of medication effects and proper instillation in the eye;
    • Knowledge of optics; and
    • Knowledge of proper cleaning and maintenance of clinic equipment.

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

Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time and must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.

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

  • 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
  • Other
  • VA Benefits Letter
  • 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.
  • Experience and Education:
    • 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 associate's degree in a health care related degree.
      OR
    • Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. Examples are listed below:
      • Six months of experience in the health care field; and one year above high school; or
      • Six months of experience in the health care field and successful completion of a course for health care technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or ophthalmology technicians given by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
      • Six months of experience in the health care field and completion of an independent study course in Ophthalmic Medical Assisting.
  • 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).
  • English Language Proficiency: Health Technicians (Ophthalmology) must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 38 U.S.C. 7407(d).


Grade Level Requirements:

  • Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level.
  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA): In addition, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
    • Ability to perform advanced tonometry and pupil evaluation;
    • Ability to perform calculations for selection of intraocular lens;
    • Knowledge of clinic based ophthalmic surgical assisting;
    • Knowledge of eye anatomy and physiology;
    • Knowledge of medication effects and proper instillation in the eye;
    • Knowledge of optics; and
    • Knowledge of proper cleaning and maintenance of clinic equipment.

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

Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time and must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
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