Job Description

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La Jolla Medical Center
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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#118526 Senior Ophthalmic Technician

Extended Deadline: Thu 12/15/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/12/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/22/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Functions independently under physician supervision. Responsibilities include: taking patient history, diagnostic vision exams, Goldmann visual field exam, Humphrey field exam; Ishihara color vision test; Brightness Acuity Test and Potential Acuity Meter; pachymetry; Schirmer’s test, refractions, A-scans, and coordinates the scheduling of CT and MRI scans. Act as the clinic lead: trains new technicians on patient care, oversees clinic patient flow, follows/scribes for the physician, oversees technician coverage during the clinic lunch period, and late coverage if the clinic runs late. In addition, will organize and stock each examination room.


  • Ability to work under pressure, calmly and efficiently, and to cope with and prioritize variable workloads under variable work demands, producing laboratory results in a timely fashion.

  • Proven ability to perform visual acuity, measurement of eye refractive error, color vision, spectacle measurement, near point accommodation and convergence and related tests.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform tonometry and field of vision tests.

  • Accuracy and efficiency in positive patient identification when performing laboratory tests and transcribing laboratory results.

  • Must have or be able to attain Ophthalmic Assistant certification through JCAHPO within 6 months of hire.

  • Knowledge of proper sterile and safety procedures in a laboratory setting.

  • Knowledge of patient confidentiality regulations in accordance with State and Clinical guidelines.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and accurately, both verbally and in writing. Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Able to speak effectively with both MDs and patients. Socially sensitive. Detail oriented, organized, and consistent. Excellent focus and observational skills.

  • Ability to maintain a sanitary, safe lab and comply with state and OSHA regulations.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of professional staff and patients with tact and diplomacy.

  • Ability to instruct and demonstrate technical procedures to physicians, lab technicians, residents and fellows.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology and laboratory equipment.

  • Graduation from college with a major in an applicable natural science plus one (1) year of experience in the kind of work to be performed; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Works as part of the technician team to improve clinical flow (rooming, etc.) Develop familiarity and confidence using CPT and ICD-10 codes.


  • Ophthalmic experience highly desired, but can train the right person. Familiarity with Ophthalmic medical terminology and charting also highly desired.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must have or be able to attain Ophthalmic Assistant certification through JCAHPO within 6 months of hire.
  • Work overtime hours, as needed.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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