The joy of being an ophthalmic technician

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

By: Molly Soto

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When Toni Pichette, COMT, was in fifth grade, she had an eye appointment that changed her life.


“My optometrist allowed me to use one of his pieces of equipment to look inside his eye,” she said. “It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen and from that moment I was hooked.”


Toni then planned her education around learning more about eyes. She initially went to school to be a dispensing optician and eventually became an ophthalmic technician.


In this video, she explains her role.



What does an ophthalmic technician do?


Ophthalmic technicians work with an ophthalmologist to provide patient care by performing eye-related clinical tasks such as:


  • Checking eye alignment
  • Checking visual acuity
  • Measuring pressure inside the eyes
  • Checking eye prescriptions
  • Performing refractometry
  • Performing ultrasound measurements for cataract implants
  • Doing some ophthalmic photography

Consider a career as an ophthalmic technician.


If you have interest in the eye and enjoy working one-on-one with people, there’s opportunity in this evolving field.


“Ophthalmology is always changing and advancing,” Toni said. “There is computer technology on the horizon that uses artificial intelligence and microscopic surgery that may allow patients to achieve results we have never seen before.”


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