Ophthalmic technologists

Ophthalmic technologists represent the highest level of ophthalmic medical personnel. They assist ophthalmologists by collecting data and test measurements to ensure the accurate diagnosis and treatment of various disease processes. They are generally employed by ophthalmologists in private practice, clinics or hospitals.
Ophthalmic technologists:
• take patient’s history and test vision.
• test patients for glaucoma.
• assist in determining glasses prescriptions and fit contact lenses.
• perform photography and ultrasonography duties.
• assist in eye surgery.
• supervise ophthalmic personnel.
• performs diagnostic testing.
Among the specialties within the field are ophthalmic photography, ophthalmic ultrasonography, contact lenses, ophthalmic surgical technology, electrophysiology and low-vision optics. Opthalmic technologists also may specialize in pediatric, general or gerontologic ophthalmology.

Average Salary Range
$32,500 – $38,000
Educational Requirements
Students interested in becoming opthalmic technologists should take high school courses in science, math and English.
After high school graduation (or GED), students should complete two years of college (60 credit hours) with an emphasis in science before applying to a two-year ophthalmic technology program. Graduates of all accredited ophthalmic technology programs are eligible to sit for national certifying exams given by the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).
Professional Associations
American Academy of Ophthalmology
P.O. Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
(415) 561-8500
Association of Technical Personnel in
2025 Woodlane Drive
St. Paul, MN 55125-2998
(800) 482-4858
Joint Commission on Allied Health
Personnel in Ophthalmology
2025 Woodlane Drive
St. Paul, MN 55125-2998
(651) 731-2944