Status: Full Time, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 37.5 hrs
School: School of Medicine
Location: School of Medicine Campus
Location City: Baltimore
Location State: MD
Under direction from and consultation with Ophthalmologist, performs diagnostic tests and treats patients with eye muscle disorders and pediatric eye diseases. Assists in teaching pediatric ophthalmology fellows, residents, and medical students.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for evaluation and diagnosis of ocular motility disorders, using such equipment as prisms and other ophthalmic instruments.
Provides non-surgical treatment of specific eye muscle disorders, e.g. amblyopia, convergence insufficiency, diplopia, and strabismus.
Assists in instruction of pediatric ophthalmology fellows, residents, and medical students in methodology of examination and treatment of strabismus disorders. Prepares lectures and handouts for medical students.
Performs duties of Ophthalmic Technician II - Takes patient ocular and medical history, including medications and allergies. Measures and records both distance and near visual acuity; Neutralizes glasses using a lensmeter or other appropriate equipment. Tests color vision and depth perception; Screens for presence of strabismus; Checks pupillary response to light, accommodation, and for presence of an afferent pupillary defect; Performs slit lamp examination; Screens for glaucoma by measuring intraocular pressure using applanation tonometer. Performs refraction and retinoscopy using retinoscope, phoropter, loose lenses, and automated refractor; Checks central and peripheral visual fields using Amsler Grid, Goldman perimeter or Humphrey visual field machines; Performs keratometry. Instills eye drops under physician’s direction; Schedules appointments for staff and clinic, when appropriate.
Staffs the resident pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus clinic as required, including supervising the examination of both pediatric and adult strabismus patients, corroborating diagnoses, and implementing treatment plans as well as didactic reinforcement of day’s cases with the resident.
Responds to consultations from residents at all levels on patients with symptomatic strabismus and double vision.
Teaches and interacts with visiting orthoptic students (including international) on methodology of examination and treatment of strabismus disorders as practiced at the Wilmer Institute.
Provides lectures to technical personnel during technician grand rounds, held quarterly or semi-annually within the Wilmer Eye Institute.
Teaches individual medical students during clinic, providing evaluation of the student’s performance during the rotation.
Prepares reports on patients and treatments. Maintains health records.
Participates in research projects as directed by Ophthalmologist.
Contributes case presentations to residents and attending physicians during Pediatric Grand Rounds lectures as well as preparing and presenting papers from the current literature during monthly pediatric journal clubs.
Present courses at both regional and national meetings of several professional associations, including the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and the Joint Commission on Allied Health in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).
Serve as certified study coordinators for various national based clinic trials, including enrolling patients, collecting data, communicating with study centers and attending study coordinators’ meetings.
Assists in management of pediatric ophthalmology clinics, which includes scheduling appointments, billing, ordering supplies, maintaining files, stocking exam rooms, maintaining ophthalmic equipment, etc.
Sorts, labels, duplicates and files patient photographs and slides.
Completes a weekly inventory of all exam rooms for equipment and pharmaceutical supplies.
Completes extensive additional sensorimotor examination on complicated motility patients, performing tests such as Lancaster red-green evaluation and duction assessment with arc perimeter.
Phone triage of patients needing eyeglass prescriptions and patient education.
Performs ocular motor and sensorimotor examinations on patients from internal and external referring ophthalmologists, giving possible diagnosis and recommendation treatment plan from orthoptist point of view.
Assists with minor surgical in-office treatments such as botulinum toxin injections, adjustable sutures, and Tensilon tests. Assist at surgery when needed.
Performs manual kinetic and automated perimetry.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned and required.
Bachelor’s degree in related field required. Certification by the American Orthoptic Council is required and must be maintained throughout the duration of employment. If not certified, must obtain American Orthoptic Council certification within 6 months of hire. In addition, certification as Ophthalmic Tech is preferred. Work requires professional level of knowledge of orthoptics as acquired through completion of Bachelor’s Degree and orthoptic training. Requires acquisition of current understanding of ocular motility disorders and their treatment, through continuing education and re-certification by the American Orthoptic Council. Must have analytical ability necessary to assess test results and perform additional tests depending on assessment. Must have interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with patients and to instruct students and residents in methodology of strabismus. Ability to work with sometimes fearful children and modify examination depending on cooperation. Ability to travel to a satellite office at least once per week.
Internal Number: 246-en_US
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