Vision Care Ophthalmic Assistants

Vision Care Ophthalmic Assistants help ophthalmologists provide eye care to their patients. They conduct diagnostic tests, measure and record vision, and also test eye muscle function. In addition, they show patients how to insert, remove, and care for contact lenses. They provide chair-side assistance, instruct patients about contact lens use and care, conduct preliminary tests on patients, and otherwise provide assistance while working under the direct supervision of the ophthalmologists.

Other duties include:

  • Conducting diagnostic tests
  • Measuring and recording vision
  • Assisting patients
  • Completing insurance forms
  • General administrative duties

Vision Care Ophthalmic Assistants–Employment Outlook

Vision Care Ophthalmic Assistants may work closely with ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other office staff to provide quality eye care to patients. The demand for Vision Care Ophthalmic Assistants continues to grow and is expected to increase substantially through 2016. This high demand is the result of both technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population.   Job opportunities should be excellent, particularly for those with formal training or experience.

Vision Care Ophthalmic Assistant Training Program

This comprehensive 60-hour program of study will prepare students to enter the   vision care field.   This program teaches students the skills needed to work in a vision care office as an entry-level vision   care clinic assistant, receptionist, front office assistant or back office assistant.   This class will include both classroom theory and hands-on training one evening per week in a local vision clinic.   GED/high school diploma required.   After working in the vision care field for one year, students are eligible to sit for the certified ophthalmic assistant exam.   Textbook required.

Requirements for Eligibility

  • High school diploma or GED


  • Course fee – $799
  • Textbook – Approx $140 Textbook price subject to change.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) scholarships may be available for qualified and eligible students. Please call for details.