When creating an ophthalmic technician resume or an ophthalmic assistant resume, you want to give the potential employer the information the are looking for in an organized and concise manner, without a lot of embellishment.

Here are the sections that you will need to include:

Header: Include your name, your level of certification if applicable, the town or city where you live, and contact information such as address, phone number, and email. If you are not a certified ophthalmic technician, do not claim to be a technician, rather list yourself as an ophthalmic assistant if you have job experience, and then work on getting certified.

Objective: State what you are looking for. This can be as simples as, "I am seeking employment as an ophthalmic technician doing patient care in an ophthalmologist's office." Resist the temptation to get too flowery here.

The following is a sample of a resume for a job seeker who is certified as an ophthalmic technician. This is a actual resume, with the exception that  the name has been change to a fictitious name. You can see more postings by searching "indeed resumes". Click here for tips on creating your own ophthalmic assistant resume (or ophthalmic technician resume).


Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)

San Antonio, TX

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To find a position where this candidate's education, as well as experience in ophthalmology, corporate training, sales and Management can be used in a team-oriented, success driven atmosphere. Demonstrated ability to communicate with vendors, peers, patients and Management alike.

Ophthalmology Skills:

Refractions (plus and minus cyl.), Wave front scans, Applanation, OCT (Cirrus and Stratus), Visual Fields (automated/manual), Angle Grading, Photography, Confrontational Visual Fields, Schirmer's Testing, Visual Fields (Humphreys, Goldmann), APD Checks, PAM, Ductions/versions, Lensometry, Slit lamp examinations/adnexa, IOL Master, A-Scans (contact), Tonopen tonometry, PAM, Corneal Topography, Keratometry, Dilation, Lensometry, etc.


How does one become an ophthalmic assistant, ophthalmic technician, or ophthalmic technologist?

There are two ways to enter the field.  You can go to a school or a training program for ophthalmic medical personnel, or you can advance in the field via on-the-job-training (OJT).  There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods.


The are two advantages to attending a school or training program for ophthalmic medical personnel. One advantage is that you can become a technician or a technologist without working your way through the lower level(s) of certification. The other advantage is that it is a structured program with a defined timeline.  The main disadvantage is that it costs money and time.  Another disadvantage is that certification is not guaranteed. The program graduate must still take the certification exam in order to become certified.

If you can make your doctor, clinic, or practice more income, then you are (likely) going to make more income. That is the salary bottom line.  How can you personally make this happen? By increasing the efficiency of your work environment.

How to increase efficiency

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