United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley

  • Optometry Assistant (OA)

    Job Locations US-CA-Kerman
    Posted Date 1 week ago(1/11/2019 3:26 PM)
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  • Overview

    A UHC Optometry Assistant (OA) shows genuine warmth with patients and has the ability to make them feel comfortable in the health center while providing effective and technically competent ophthalmic assistance to both patients and UHC optometrists. The OA assists in examination and treatment of patients under the direction of an optometrist. Primary tasks are to interview patients and obtain chief compliant, ocular and medical histories, perform auto refraction, automated tonometry, lensometry, and ancillary ocular tests as directed by the Optometrist such as color vision tests (Ishiara or Farnsworth), depth perception, visual fields and retinal photos. The optometry OA must also document all findings in the ophthalmic template in EHR. The OA is also responsible for helping assist patients in the optical area with the fitting, ordering and dispensing of eyeglasses or contact lenses as directed by the Optometrist. The OA will maintain optical boards by making sure that glasses are restocked and accounted for in the OPTIK electronic program. The OA position provides or facilitates the provision of information needed by both patients and clinicians.  Furthermore, they ensure a smooth and well-connected patient flow with the Optometrist as well as in the optical.


    Works closely with the Health Center Manager and other members of the clinic management team to:

    • Provides prompt medical support; promotes a smooth patient flow; collects and records data accurately; maintains order of exam rooms, equipment and ophthalmic supplies
    • Provides basic education and information to patients, making sure patients’ questions are answered and anxieties alleviated and interfaces with community-oriented activities and staff
    • Achieves the organizational mission to provide health care access for all the members of the community. Helps make sure patients and families get the care they need when they need it.
    • Consistently and openly communicates with supervisor and all staff.
    • Works flexible or extended hours where necessary.
    • Participates in health center in-services and meeting, listening and respecting others’ ideas.
    • Abides by Rules of Confidentiality.



    • High School graduate or GED
    • Completed training program in Medical Assisting from Accredited College


    • Possess a valid CPR certificate


    • Minimum 2 years of experience in a healthcare setting, preferably in an ambulatory care setting


    • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
    • Able to quickly build and maintain rapport with patients and providers of differing backgrounds; team player
    • Customer-service oriented
    • Strong computer skills
    • Familiar with adult learning and general training techniques
    • Positive professional insight
    • Flexibility and dependability
    • Demonstrated good problem-solving skills; sound judgment
    • Effective leadership/supervisory skills
    • Modern office practices and procedures including email
    • Intermediate computer skills
    • Attention to detail and excellent follow-through on work tasks
    • Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously



    • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds and push up to 50 pounds (on wheels).
    • Must be able to hear staff on the phone and those who are served in-person, and speak clearly in order to communicate information to patients and staff.
    • Must be able to read memos, computer screens, personnel forms and clinical and administrative documents.
    • Must have high manual dexterity.
    • Must be able to reach above the shoulder level to work, must be able to bend, squat and sit, stand, stoop, crouch, reach, kneel, twist/turn.


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