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 the 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 electronic program. The OA 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 department registering patients.
The OA must ensure complete and accurate information of all patient encounters and charge information. The OA must provide complete, accurate, and timely posting of all patient encounter data, procedures, diagnosis, demographics, and payment collection data. Lastly, the OA must audit and verify information from the data entry document with existing information in the patient database.
Works closely with the Health Center Manager and other members of the clinic management team to: