Ophthalmic Assistant

Start a new career in eye care as an ophthalmic assistant.

Career Overview

Ophthalmic Assistants aid ophthalmologists, retinal specialists, and other related eye care professionals in an office or clinical setting. Ophthalmic Assistants document patients’ medical history, perform pupil assessments and visual acuity measurements, administer some medications, and provide patient education. This is a high demand, entry-level occupation, that can lead to national certification with additional training, increasing job opportunities and salary. Ophthalmic Assistants may continue training to become certified ophthalmology assistants, ophthalmology technicians and/or ophthalmology technologists with national certification exams available for those higher- level eye care professions.


  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Proof of age (driver’s license, state issued identification, or passport)
  • Prospective non-native English speaking students must be at 12th-grade level with English language
  • Eligible to work in the United States
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Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sat: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Sun: Closed

Looking to earn more? A career as an ophthalmic assistant can start you on the path to a great career in health care.