Do you see yourself as an eye care professional or have a desire to learn something new? A career as an ophthalmic technician can be an extremely rewarding one for those who are interested in eye care, enjoy working with people, and want to advance their career.
What is an ophthalmic technician? Think eyes, lasers, surgery and cutting-edge medical equipment all mixed into one exciting field that is high in demand. Blending medicine with technology, Ophthalmic technicians work closely with ophthalmologists and can initiate patient exams, measure and record visual stats, perform diagnostic testing, assist in formulating eye glass prescriptions, fitting contact lenses and testing eye muscle function.
Ophthalmology is a rapidly advancing field with a growing demand for qualified technicians. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of ophthalmic medical technicians is expected to grow by 25 percent through 20241. Illinois Eye Center employs many ophthalmic technicians and sees a need for many more.
Although the demand for ophthalmic technicians is high, you don’t necessarily have to wait to complete four years of college before starting the job. Illinois Eye Center’s Ophthalmic Technician Training Program is an excellent educational option for anyone desiring an in-demand, allied-health career. The program is completed in as little as 14 weeks, making it an attractive alternative for career-minded individuals seeking quality education and training in a nontraditional setting.
Through Illinois Eye Center’s Ophthalmic Technician Training Program, new concepts are presented through lectures and workshops and are immediately put to use on the job. We provide an organized and coherent curriculum that allows you to earn while you learn. You will gain experience in direct patient care and work alongside – and learn from – fellowship-trained ophthalmologists. At the end of the 14-week fast-track program, you will continue to gain knowledge with on-the-job experience that will help prepare you for certification and increase your hiring potential.
- Paid, on-the-job training
- Hands-on experience using the most technologically advanced equipment and techniques
- Course materials and certification fees provided at no cost for those accepted into Illinois Eye Center’s training program
Ophthalmologists in hospitals and private practices all over the United States employ ophthalmic technicians as an integral part of their team. Illinois Eye Center offers a unique opportunity to gain the necessary skills to be well on your way to a successful career. For more information or to apply for the Illinois Eye Center Ophthalmic Technician Training Program, visit our website today or contact [email protected]
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/about/data-for-occupations-not-covered-in=detail.