Cedars-Sinai Opthalmic Assistant in Beverly Hills, California


The Ophthalmic Assistant is responsible for performing a variety of administrative and clinical functions to include scheduling and greeting patients; scheduling surgeries; performing diagnostic and eye function tests including clinical optics, ocular motility, visual fields, keratometry, topography, A –Scans, and Schirmer test; assisting with office surgical procedures; administering topical medications or diagnostic drugs as required by the ophthalmologist for testing or treatment. Record accurate charting and other office procedures. Assist ophthalmologist and/or optometrist with office patient procedures.


Ophthalmic Assistants/Medical assistants acting under the supervision of a physician or optometrist may:

Fit prescription lenses;

Prepare patients for examinations;

Take patient history and other preliminary patient data;

Perform simple non-invasive testing of visual acuity, pupils and ocular motility;

Perform automated visual field testing;

Perform ophthalmic photography and digital imaging;

Perform tonometry;

Perform lensometry;

Perform non-subjective auto refraction (where the ophthalmologist or optometrist performs

subjective refraction);

Administer cycloplegiacs, mydriatics, and topical anesthetics that are not controlled substances

for ophthalmic purposes; and

Perform pachymetry, keratometry, A scans, B scans, and electrodiagnostic testing.

Environmental cleaning and disinfection of clinical areas.

Assists in preparations for surgical and other clinical procedures, including equipment sterilization.

Gives instructions to patients concerning eye care and helps them understand and comply with treatments that the doctor prescribes.

Other duties as assigned.


Successful completion of an accredited program for Ophthalmic Assistant or Medical Assistant and one year of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


BLS Certification required.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant designation preferred.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.