Optometrist Assistant

Date: Nov 24, 2021

Location: Indianapolis, IN, US, 46202

Organization: HHC

Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: Hospital  

Req ID:  10980 


Schedule: Full Time 

Shift: Days 


Eskenazi Health serves as the public hospital division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services at the 327-bed hospital and outpatient facilities both on and off of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus as well as at 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.




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Job Role Summary

The Optometrist Assistant is a specialized medical assistant who works in the offices of optometrists, eye and vision care clinics, and other facilities that provide vision care services. Duties of an optometrist assistant can be both administrative and clinical, although clinical duties may be limited by state licensing requirements. Optometrist assistants help optometrists by conducting diagnostic tests, recording and measuring vision, testing eye function, instructing patients in inserting and caring for contact lenses, preparing examination rooms, cleaning and arranging equipment, answering phones, making appointments, handling bookkeeping and other tasks as needed.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Role models Eskenazi Health mission, vision, and shared values
  • Assists optometrist with eye examinations
  • Prepares patients before an examination by gathering medical history information, explaining the exam process, and administering tests to determine the visual capabilities of the patient
  • Under the direction of an optometrist, may perform some therapy exercises or procedures with a patient
  • Assists in maintenance of patient records
  • Maintains inventory within exam room or laboratory
  • May help with minor repairs of broken or damaged glasses
  • Educates patients on how to care for their glasses or contact lenses
  • May advise patients during frame selection and take measurements for preparation of lenses
  • Provides supportive care for patients at all times
  • Supports team members to accomplish daily activities
  • Assists others when needed
  • Listens to the voice of the customer and strives to exceed their expectations

Job Requirements

  • Graduate of a formal training program
  • Previous experience within an optometry or ophthalmology clinic valuable
  • Certification in eyeglass dispensing and/or contact lens dispensing desired
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish strongly preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Basic computer and mathematic skills
  • Ability to:
    • assess age-specific and population-specific needs of patients
    • recognize emergent situations and act appropriately
    • understand and carry out written orders
    • stand/walk for extensive periods of time
  • Ability to be innovative, apply fresh ideas, and continuously improve how work is done
  • Demonstrates integrity, honesty, and stewardship in all encounters at work
  • Demonstrates consideration and appreciation for co-workers and patients
  • Demonstrates the ability to convey thoughts and ideas as well as understand perspective of others




Accredited by The Joint Commission and named one of the nation’s 150 best places to work by Becker’s Hospital Review for four consecutive years and Forbes list of best places to work for women, and Forbes list of America’s best midsize employers’ Eskenazi Health’s programs have received national recognition while also offering new health care opportunities to the local community. As the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the city’s primary EMS provider, Eskenazi Health is also home to the first adult Level I trauma center in Indiana, the only verified adult burn center in Indiana, the first community mental health center in Indiana and the Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care – Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, just to name a few.


Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis