OPTOMETRIST
County Of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California, US
2d ago

DEFINITION : Examines, diagnoses and corrects to maximum efficiency patients' non-medical visual problems through use of corrective lenses, both spectacle and contact, and other optical aids. Essential Job Functions

  • Interviews and examines patients having a full range of vision problems, consulting medical charts when available.
  • Determines, using a full field of optometric instruments and equipment, such things as patients' visual acuity; amplitude of accommodation;
  • refractive state at far and near point; and accommodation, convergence, and biocular coordination at far and near point.

  • Conducts fundus (living eye) examination through biomicroscopy, including viewing with fixed lens and camera.
  • Utilizes ophthalmometry for high astigmatic diagnosis.
  • Employs low vision aids such as telescopic and microscopic lenses for the correction of sub-normal vision.
  • Determines proper remedial alternatives and discusses and interprets findings with patients and / or parents; suggesting appropriate remedial method.
  • Refers patients with indications of possible pathological condition to an ophthalmologist for additional examination.
  • Consults with ophthalmologist when appropriate.
  • Calculates proper prescription employing formulas ranging from those necessary to calculate simple, single corrective lenses, through those necessary to calculate contact lenses, prisms, iseikonic and ophakic lenses.
  • Instructs resident ophthalmologists and paramedical personnel in the field of ophthalmic instrumentation and procedure by planning and developing a course of training under the direction of a chief of ophthalmology services;
  • conducting lectures and demonstrations, and observing clinic practice.

  • Prepares, justifies and submits the annual optometry budget based upon estimates of space and equipment needs and projected workload.
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