There’s opportunity if you’re interested in an eye care career

Monday, January 22, 2018

By: Molly Soto

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Have you heard of an ophthalmic medical technician?


U.S. News and World Report listed ophthalmic medical technician as one of the best health care jobs of 2016. The need for ophthalmic technicians is expected to grow 25 percent between 2014 and 2024.


Given high demand for people in this field and difficulty in finding qualified people, BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists partnered with Lakeshore Technical College in 2017 to offer a tuition reimbursement program.


Alex was the first student to be accepted to the program. In this video, Alex, along with Toni Pichette, a certified ophthalmic medical technician, and Kent Reidinger, Division Manager, discuss what the tuition reimbursement program is all about.



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


  • Checking eye alignment and visual acuity
  • Measuring eye pressures
  • Performing refractometry and ultrasound measurements
  • Doing some ophthalmic photography

The tuition reimbursement program is available for those attending or looking to attend college in the field of ophthalmic assistant/technician and optometric assistant. Lakeshore Technical College is one of two schools in Wisconsin offering such a program.


The program offers reimbursement towards tuition and employment at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists.


For those that are considering a career in the field of ophthalmology, Alex gives this advice.


“Go for it,” she says. “You never know where things will take you in life, I’m excited to say I now actually really love what I do.”

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