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Frequently Asked Questions

The Scheie Eye Institute is a full-service academic and research facility located in University City. The Institute provides state-of-the-art eye care to residents of Philadelphia and surrounding area, and Mid-Atlantic region.

Technician Duties

At the Scheie Eye Institute, ophthalmic technical personnel are vital to our team-oriented approach in delivering quality patient care. The technicians at Scheie assist our ophthalmologists by performing preliminary exams and specialized testing on patients:

  • Patient histories
  • Lensometry
  • Refractometry
  • Applanation tonometry
  • Slit lamp biomicroscopy
  • Keratometry
  • Corneal topography
  • Humphrey visual fields
  • Goldmann visual fields
  • HRT/GDX
  • Biometric ultrasonography
  • Assisting in minor office surgical procedures

Technician Certification

Our ophthalmic technicians are certified by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology:

  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)
  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT)

Technician Career Advancement

We provide many opportunities for our ophthalmic technicians to advance their careers through specialized skill training, and continuing medical education courses, lectures, and workshops offered on-site, regionally, and nationally at the annual JCAHPO/AAO meeting.

Technician Compensation and Benefits

The Scheie Eye Institute offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. We welcome highly motivated and responsible individuals with good technical and interpersonal skills to contact the Director of Ophthalmic Technicians to discuss employment opportunities.