Health Technician- Ophthalmology Job in Austin, Texas – Department of Veterans Affairs



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Health Technician- Ophthalmology – Austin, Texas
Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 632829
Start Date: 11/01/2022
End Date: 11/23/2022

Qualification Summary
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. Certification for GS-8 level: Must be certified as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). The COA certification is JCAHPO’s entry-level certification examination for a Health Technician (Ophthalmology). Basic experience and education requirements: (1) Experience. One year of experience in a health care field, such as but not limited to nursing, medical assistant, or health technician. OR (2) Education. Two years above high school with a minimum of six semester hours directly related to a health care field or associate’s degree in a health care related degree. OR Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. Examples are listed below (a) Six months of experience in the health care field; and one year above high school; or (b) Six months of experience in the health care field and successful completion of a course for health care technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or ophthalmology technicians given by the U.S. Armed Forces; or (c) Six months of experience in the health care field and completion of an independent study course in Ophthalmic Medical Assisting. Preferred Experience: Certification by JCAHPO for minimum Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Previous experience working with ophthalmology practice Grade Determinations: Experience: (GS-5) Experience or Education: None beyond the basic requirements. (GS-6) Experience: You must have one year experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level. Experience includes performing limited routine assignments under daily direct supervision and obtaining and recording vital signs including blood pressure, pulse and glucose levels. Participated in performance of quality assurance activities such as staff meetings, mandatory educational in-services, quality control reports, systems redesign, and team and morale improvement. (GS-7) Experience. You must have one year of experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level. Experience includes: operates and monitors commonly used equipment performing basic screening procedures. Assists ophthalmology staff by obtaining an accurate medical and ophthalmic history, measuring and recording visual acuity, administering anesthetic eye drops, performing basic tonometry, estimating the anterior chamber depth and recording a simple spectacle reading through automated lensometry. (GS-8) Experience: You must have one year of experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level. Experience includes: triages patient phone calls or requests; ensures exam rooms are stocked with adequate supplies; instructs patients on administration of eye drops and post-operative instructions; accurately measures, compares, and evaluates pupillary responses; administers eye drops to dilate pupils; performs basic color vision screening; performs visual field testing (using Amsler grid or automated equipment). Performs basic imaging testing such as corneal topography; external photography; performs basic ocular testing such as pachymetry, tear production with test strips, glare testing, stereo acuity, contrast sensitivity, potential acuity meter, measuring spectacles using both automated and manual lensometry and transposing cylinders. assists the ophthalmologist during minor ophthalmic surgical procedures and is adept at applying sterile technique and infection control procedures. Performs autorefractor to determine spectacle prescription. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s) In addition to the requirements listed above, candidates must demonstrate the following (KSAs).: GS-05 None beyond the basic Experience and Education requirements. GS-6 In addition to the experience equivalent to the GS-5 level, do you meet all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of general outpatient clinical policies and procedures in a healthcare environment; 2. Ability to obtain, document and record demographic and medical information from patients in order to develop an accurate medical record; 3. Ability to use basic ophthalmic equipment; and 4. Knowledge of basic disinfection of non-critical reusable medical equipment. GS-07 In addition to the experience and KSA’s equivalent to the GS-6 level, you must meet all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of anatomy and function of the eye and basic ocular pharmacology; 2. Knowledge of outpatient eye care policies and procedures in a health care environment; 3. Ability to use basic ophthalmic diagnostic equipment to perform preliminary ocular testing; 4. Ability to perform minor extraocular surgical assisting; and 5. Ability to provide eye care patient education. GS-8 In addition to the experience and KSA’s equivalent to the GS-7 level, you must meet all of the following KSAs: 1. Ability to perform advanced tonometry and pupil evaluation; 2. Ability to perform calculations for selection of intraocular lens; 3. Knowledge of clinic based ophthalmic surgical assisting; 4. Knowledge of eye anatomy and physiology; 5. Knowledge of medication effects and proper instillation in the eye; 6. Knowledge of optics; and 7. Knowledge of proper cleaning and maintenance of clinic equipment. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005 APPENDIX G32. HEALTH TECHNICIAN (OPHTHALMOLOGY) GS-0640 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-8. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds Straight pulling (1 hour) Pushing (1 hour) Reaching above shoulder Use of fingers both hands required Walking (4 hours) Standing (4 hours) Kneeling (0.5 hours) Repeated bending (1 hour) Both legs required Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously Near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″ to Jaeger 1 to 4 Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other Both eyes required Depth perception Ability to distinguish basic colors Ability to distinguish shades of colors Hearing (aid permitted)

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