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What Is an Optometric Assistant and How to Become One

What Is an Optometric Assistant?

An optometric assistant is responsible for assisting a licensed optometrist with patient vision care. They are considered medical assistants but do not have a medical certification or qualifications like physician’s assistants. Your job duties vary from office to office, depending on the size of the practice. During your career, you gain experience performing front desk duties such as scheduling appointments, filing records, calling patients, and handling insurance claims. You also perform patient-specific skills such as pretesting, fitting patients for glasses, and some basic procedures, as long as the procedures are under the direct supervision of a licensed physician.

How to Become an Optometric Assistant

An optometric assistant is an entry-level position at an optometrist office. There are few qualifications for this position, as you complete most of your training on the job. However, most employers prefer an associate degree or a certificate from a vocational school. Your duties require you to be familiar with the procedures of an eye exam and understand the general policies regarding patient care in an eye glasses store. Certification through the American Optometric Association is available after working six months in optometry and passing an examination. Your responsibilities in this career are to continue your skills training to further your career.