Sanford Health Ophthalmic Assistant - Ophthalmology in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Job Title: Ophthalmic Assistant | Ophthalmology | Sioux Falls

City: Sioux Falls

State: South Dakota


Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Hours Per Shift: 8 hr


Perform preliminary screening examinations and/or tests to facilitate the diagnosis and treatment by the physician. Assist the physician with procedures and care of the patient. Collects subjective and objective ophthalmic data from the patient or caregiver and communicates this data to the provider. Participates in the eye care of patients by providing data to licensed health care professionals; and following through on the patient's plan of care. Relays the provider's instructions for eye care to the patient, or caregiver, by transmission of specifically defined information. Maintains stock of medications, instruments, equipment and contact lenses. Schedules surgery, imaging tests, laboratory tests and other procedures. Serves as a liaison between patients, families, physicians and medical support staff in answering and directing phone calls. Will create an electronic patient file, verify patient information, provide, scan and route necessary patient forms and documents. May schedule patient appointments, arrange interpreter services, check patients in/out, and offer patient enrollment to electronic resources for patients and provide after visit summary. Displays professionalism and promotes an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation. Must be able to work as part of a team and also independently. Excellent time management, organization and communication skills (written and verbal) are required. Knowledge of organizational policies, office management practices and computer applications. Knowledge of medical terminology and abbreviations. Must always maintain confidentiality of sensitive information. This position may have access to medications for purposes of distribution to licensed personnel.


Performs minor eye testing including non-automated lensometer, visual fields, visual acuity, color vision, keratometry, stereoacuity testing, A-scan, applanion tonometry, pachymetry, corneal topography, ocular coherence tomography, funduc photography (non-angiography) automated refractor error, Potential Acuity Meter measurements, Amsler grid, and laser interferometry. Provides patient information regarding contact lens application and care, routine eye care, wellness care, and preventive care. Submits pathology specimens. Prepares instruments for reprocessing. Obtains preauthorization's. Assists providers with laser treatments and minor in-clinic invasive ophthalmic procedures. May also coordinate provider schedule, resolve work queue issues and manage recall and waitlists. Must be able to collect co-pay and/or payment on patient accounts. Must understand procedures and opening/end of day protocols. Proficiently operates a multi-line telephone, computer, copier, fax machine, scanner, and webcam, as appropriate.


Certification as Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) is required within 12 months of date into position. Obtains and maintains Basic Life Support competency within one year of hire. High School graduation or GED is required.

About Sanford Health:

At Sanford Health, we are dedicated to the work of health and healing. Every day, we show that commitment by delivering the highest quality of care to the communities we serve. We are leaders in health care and strive to provide patients across the region with convenient access to expert medical care, leading-edge technologies and world-class facilities.

In addition to strong clinical care, we are also committed to research, education and community growth. We engage in medical research to not only discover innovative ways to provide care, but also cures for common diseases. We continuously seek new ways to achieve our vision of improving the human condition here in your community, across the region and around the world.

The entire team at Sanford Health recognizes the value of healthy families and communities. We continue to gain momentum and expand our reach. Together, we can make a positive difference now, and in the future.

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City: Sioux Falls

State: South Dakota

Job Function: Customer Service

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Req Number: req20041