Eye Technician

Congratulations Erica!

Princess Erica

Erica is a princess, …really.  Well, she is a princess on weekends.  Yet we are fortunate enough to have her transform into an ophthalmic technician during the week.  Yes, during the week Erica provides extraordinary care as an ophthalmic tech.  She is a Medical Assistant, Registered with the State of Washington.  This week, Erica passed her JCAPHO Certification test for Ophthalmic Assistant.  …a little background.

Whenever we interview potential candidates as ophthalmic assistants, we place as much importance on the ability to relate to our patients as if each patient were their family members as we do to their technical skills.  We call it extraordinary care.  We say, “champion the patient and never go wrong.”   We say, “every patient, every time.”  And when we find people who understand our culture, we snatch them up and train them in the fine art of ophthalmic assisting.  Such was the case with Erica.

Our technician supervisor, under the direction of our doctors, is responsible for training the skills needed to become a technician.  However, the candidate will spend time in every department: billing and medical coding, infection control, surgery center, patient coordination, and with the compliance officer, to establish a firm foundation for a most rewarding future for both the candidate and our patients.  Our technician supervisor, permits the candidate to perform a portion of our patient’s exam only when they have been “signed-off” by the supervisor as proficient.

There’s more.  Our practice enrolls the candidate into Ophthalmic Medical Assisting: An Independent Study Course  This course is published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Enhancements in this revision include two new chapters: Refractive Surgery Concepts & Procedures, and Understanding Practice Management; revised chapters and glossary incorporating new evidence-based information and groundbreaking technologies; and 37 procedures explained in detail. The 368-page textbook is in full color, and the examination booklet contains 200 multiple-choice questions.

The candidate receives assistance from the doctors and staff, but the hands-on exposure creates invaluable training towards success.  Candidates are expected to study, ask questions, share and most of all, listen to our patient needs and, most important, act as liaisons to our doctors.

JCAHPO Certification is earned through testing.  An ophthalmic assistant must have graduated from high school or equivalent; successfully completed an approved independent study course (e.g., JCAHPO Independent Study Course (JCAT) or the American Academy of Ophthalmology Independent Study Course) within the 36 months prior to submitting an exam application. and been employed at least 1,000 hours (six months full-time equivalent) under ophthalmologic supervision within 12 months prior to submitting your application.

THIS LONG INTRODUCTION is to give you a little history about how much goes on before a technician receives his or her certification.  Like those who have gone before them, we salute and hold in high esteem our newest JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Assistant!  Your updated name tag is on the way with well-earned initials, C.O.A. after your name!

Congratulations and continued success!

Princess Erica Jacobsen

Our Patients Lead The Way!

Over the past twenty years we have listened closely to the needs of our patients and responded accordingly. We daily raise our service IQ to improve on service based on patient recommendations.

Recently we found that by utilizing emails and texting and a company called Demandforce, we can communicate at a faster and more realistic rate. Our patients have been empowered to tell us, both in a private survey and in a public review, how we can improve, and they are now advocates for excellence.  Our patients lead the way to bringing the best in eye surgery to future patients.

Our doctors and staff are grateful for all those who have taken time to review their experience each time they are here. Thank you!

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Certified Surgical Technologist in Ophthalmology Employment Available

Work with one of the finest surgical teams in the world!

Part-Time (2-3 days per week) Surgical Technologist, Scrub Tech Needed.

After orientation training, candidate will possess excellent skills in oral and written communication, medical terminology, case study analysis, procedure analysis, surgical OR equipment management and instrument manipulation and dexterity in the area of ophthalmic surgery.

Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon’s assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

Sample of job titles: Surgical Technologist (CST), Surgical Technician, Certified Surgical Technologist (CST), Operating Room Surgical Technician (OR St), Surgical Scrub Technologist, Surgical Scrub Technician, Endoscopic Technologist, Operating Room Technician (OR Tech)

  • Candidate will possess a reputation that reflect: 5-star patient care, dependable teamwork, hard working and dedication to the practice.
  • Candidate will work with a strong sense of camaraderie where professional skills are developed and sustained.

After orientation training, duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Assist with the physical preparation of the OR, creating the sterile field, and maintaining sterile technique during operative procedure.
  • Identify and select appropriate packs, trays and accessory/specialty equipment for each surgery.
  • Assist with the count of , sponges, needles and other surgical items Pass correct instruments,  and sutures as needed by surgeon.
  • Prepare specimens for submission of pathological analysis

Apply by emailing BAliaga(at)20better(dot)com for more information.  Or call 360.435.8595.

Visit the Association of Surgical Technologists for more information about this career.

Congratulations to Cassidy and Jessica!!

Whenever I interview potential candidates as ophthalmic assistants, I do not place quite as much importance on technical skills as I do on their ability to relate to our patients as if each patient were their family members.  We call it extraordinary care.  We say, “champion the patient and never go wrong.”   We say, “every patient, every time.”  And when we find people who understand our culture, we snatch them up and train them in the fine art of ophthalmic assisting.

Our technician supervisor, under the direction of our doctors, is responsible for training the skills needed to become a technician.  However, the candidate will spend time in every department: billing and medical coding, infection control, surgery center, patient coordination, and with the compliance officer, to establish a firm foundation for a most rewarding future for both the candidate and our patients.  Our technician supervisor, permits the candidate to perform a portion of our patient’s exam only when they have been “signed-off” by the supervisor as proficient.

There’s more.  Our practice enrolls the candidate into Ophthalmic Medical Assisting: An Independent Study Course  This course is published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Enhancements in this revision include two new chapters: Refractive Surgery Concepts & Procedures, and Understanding Practice Management; revised chapters and glossary incorporating new evidence-based information and groundbreaking technologies; and 37 procedures explained in detail. The 368-page textbook is in full color, and the examination booklet contains 200 multiple-choice questions.

The candidate receives assistance from the doctors and staff, but the hands-on exposure creates invaluable training towards success.  Candidates are expected to study, ask questions, share and most of all, listen to our patient needs and, most important, act as liaisons to our doctors.

JCAHPO Certification is earned through testing.  An ophthalmic assistant must have graduated from high school or equivalent; successfully completed an approved independent study course (e.g., JCAHPO Independent Study Course (JCAT) or the American Academy of Ophthalmology Independent Study Course) within the 36 months prior to submitting an exam application. and been employed at least 1,000 hours (six months full-time equivalent) under ophthalmologic supervision within 12 months prior to submitting your application.

THE LONG INTRODUCTION is to give you a little history how much goes on before a technician receives his or her certification.  Like those who have gone before them, we salute and hold in high esteem our newest JCAHPO Certified Ophthalmic Assistants!  Your updated name tags are on the way with well-earned initials, C.O.A. after your name!

Congratulations and continued success!

Barbara C. Aliaga, Practice Administrator, The Harman Eye Clinic, Arlington WA, 20better.com