University of Waterloo

  • Optometric Technician

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    Health/Medical Services
    3661 - Optometry Clinic-Optical Servi
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $48,815 - $61,019
  • Overview

    Term: 2 years


    The School of Optometry & Vision Science provides an academic and clinic facility for the education of Optometry undergraduate and graduate students in vision science, and Optometric Residents at the University of Waterloo. It also provides a comprehensive optometric service to the public through a university-based clinic. Approximately 24,000 patients are seen annually. Special populations are served through outreach projects around the region, across the country and throughout the world.


    The Optometric Technician primarily acquires ophthalmic images and performs ancillary ophthalmic testing and some clinical instruction in the School of Optometry and Vision Science’s public clinics.


    This position is 37.5 hours per week. 


    Clinical Teaching

    • Supervision of optometry students while they are assigned to the diagnostic imaging rotation
    • Periodic instruction of Optometry Residents in diagnostic imaging to ensure the capture of high quality images

    Optometric Imaging

    • Acquires images with Optical Coherence Tomography (e.g., Cirrus, Spectralis), retinal and anterior segment photography, corneal topography and various methods of perimetry
    • Performs ancillary testing associated with dry eye management (e.g. meibography, osmolarity)
    • Assists in electrodiagnostic testing (e.g. ERG, VEP)


    Administrative Assignments

    • Enters patient information and images/testing information into an electronic medical record system
    • Completes patient imaging electronic records in accordance with standards
    • Manages communication with referral sources/external practitioners

    Vendor Liaison

    • In conjunction with the Head of Ocular Disease and Imaging Clinic and the Equipment Management & Specialized Repair Technologist, the Optometric Technician will serve as a liaison with medical imaging technology vendors, receive equipment/safety updates and ensure required knowledge transfer and training to students, clinicians, and staff


    • College or university undergraduate degree preferably in Science, or equivalent education and/or experience
    • Certificate in medical diagnostic imaging, ophthalmic assistant training or equivalent required
    • Minimum of 3 years medical imaging experience required
    • Experience in an optometry or ophthalmology practice preferred
    • Experience in using an electronic medical records system preferred
    • Experience in instructing students is preferred
    • Expert technical skills to acquire high quality images to support effective diagnostics and patient care
    • Knowledge of patient safety
    • Self-directed and independent judgement and decision-making; provides leadership regarding patient scheduling, clinic flow, and technical matters
    • Excellent communication skills, commensurate with the requirements of teaching and patient care
    • Knowledge of electronic medical records systems, with experience in Visual-eyes preferred
    • Knowledge of confidentiality and privacy legislation and its application in a health care environment is required
    • Intermediate use of Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, Outlook)
    • Assignments may occur during weekdays, evenings and Saturdays
    • Teaching and patient care duties may occur at University of Waterloo Optometry teaching clinics or Waterloo-affiliated external sites


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