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.