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Vision Care Professionals
Certified Ophthalmic Assistants An ophthalmic assistant is a person who works with an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) to provide patient care by carrying out many different eye-related clinical functions. Ophthalmic assistants aid ophthalmologists care for patients by taking histories, performing various procedures and tests, and preparing patients to see the doctor. Their work provides the ophthalmologist with important information to help diagnose and treat patients. $28,800 High school diploma or equivalent for assistants Generally less than 1 year for assistants
Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) COTs work under the supervision and direction of an ophthalmologist to perform ophthalmic clinical duties. The COT will be expected to perform COA duties and at a higher level of expertise. The COT will be expected to exercise considerable clinical skill in the performance of those delegated tasks. $44,660 High school diploma or equivalent for technicians 1 year
Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT®) The COMT will be expected to perform COA and COT the duties listed above at a higher level of expertise and exercise considerable clinical skill in the performance of those delegated task. $53,250 High school diploma or equivalent for Technologist 1 – 2 years