Optometrist

DEPARTMENT: Medical

REPORTS TO: Chief Operations Officer

Location: Reedley

Summary:
The Optometrists will provide most primary vision care for UHC patients. They will examine people’s eyes to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases. The Optometrist also tests patients’ visual acuity, depth and color perception, and ability to focus and coordinate the eyes. As part of the expectations for this position, the optometrists will prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses and provide vision therapy and low-vision rehabilitation. Optometrists analyze test results and develop a treatment plan. They administer drugs to patients to aid in the diagnosis of vision problems and prescribe drugs to treat some eye diseases. Finally, as part of the optometrist job duties they will diagnose conditions caused by systemic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, referring patients to other health practitioners as needed. This position is an exempt position and reports to the Chief Operations Officer, but works closely with the Clinic Manger.
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Summary of Responsibilities:
Works closely with the Clinic Manager and other members of the clinic management team to:
• examining the eyes of patients of all ages to detect signs of injury, disease, abnormality and vision defects;
• checks for signs and symptoms of general health conditions (e.g. diabetes);
• communicates with patients to get detailed case histories;
• uses specialist equipment for diagnosis and testing;
• Issues prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses;
• fitting and checking prescribed lenses in order to correct vision defects;
• offering advice and reassurance about vision-related matters;
• writing referral notices to doctors;
• directs staff, including dispensing opticians and clerical staff;
• administering, organizing and planning the development of the practice;

1.0 PERFORMANCE AREA 1: Primary Work
a. Supports patient care by examining eyes, using observation, instruments and pharmaceutical agents, to determine visual acuity and perception, focus and coordination and to diagnose diseases and other abnormalities such as glaucoma or color blindness.
b. Supports patient care by analyzing test results and develop a treatment plans.
c. Will prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses and other vision aids.
d. Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases when necessary and medically appropriate.
e. Provides customer service and relationship building by educating and counseling patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements and safety factors.
f. Communicates effectively and supports the health of the patient by consulting and referring patients to ophthalmologist or other health care practitioner if additional medical treatment is determined necessary.
g. Provides direct care by removing foreign bodies from the eye.
h. Provides patients undergoing eye surgeries, such as cataract and laser vision correction, with pre- and post-operative care.
i. Works closely with patient to prescribe therapeutic procedures to correct or conserve vision.

2.0 PERFORMANCE AREA 2: General Corporate Expectations
a. Attends and actively participates in all meetings (e.g., department meetings, program meetings, employee staff meetings) and other activities as required or assigned.
b. Attends workshops/seminars as necessary to increase skills and knowledge to provide effective care, treatment, and/or leadership.
c. Supports the overall needs of the health center by working flexible or extended hours when necessary.
d. Demonstrates awareness of, and compliance with, organizational mission and objective of UHC to provide health care access and support services for all members of the community.
e. Supports their own staff development by completing the required hours of continuing education each year.
f. Other work-related duties as assigned by supervisor. Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally either verbally or in writing.
g. Maintains confidentiality and respect for information regarding patients and other team members; abides by UHC Rules of Confidentiality and general HIPAA regulations regarding privacy.
h. Displays a positive, professional and respectful demeanor at all times toward employees, peers, professional contacts, and patients served, maintaining a professional appearance and positive image for the health centers.
i. Contributes to the team by promoting positive staff interaction, maintains open communication with other programs/departments.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION
• Completion of a 4-year program at an accredited optometry school.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATION:
• Possess a valid CA License

PRIOR EXPERIENCE:
• Minimum 0-1 years of experience

SKILLS
Bilingual Preferred (English/Spanish)
Able to quickly build and maintain rapport with patients and providers of differing backgrounds; team player
Customer-service oriented
Strong computer skills
Familiar with adult learning and general training techniques
Positive professional insight
Flexibility and dependability
Demonstrated good problem-solving skills; sound judgment
Effective leadership/supervisory skills
Modern office practices and procedures including email
Attention to detail and excellent follow-through on work tasks
Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
• Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds and push up to 50 pounds (on wheels).
• Must be able to hear staff on the phone and those who are served in-person, and speak clearly in order to communicate information to patients and staff.
• Must be able to read memos, computer screens, personnel forms and clinical and administrative documents.
• Must have high manual dexterity.
• Must be able to reach above the shoulder level to work, must be able to bend, squat and sit, stand, stoop, crouch, reach, kneel, twist/turn