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Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Ophthalmic Assistant, Part-time, Days in Chicago, Illinois

The _Ophthalmic Assistant_ reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.


  • Interviews patients and documents histories.

  • Performs technical workups, patient histories and special testing (Refractions w/ retinoscopy, Lensometry, Keratometry, Tonometry, Visual Fields, Amslers, Muscle Testing, Pupil Exams, Topography, OCT, IOL Master / Ascans, Fundus Photos).

  • Assists the physician with patient care, minor surgery, scribes.

  • Communicates with patients (follow-up care, surgeries, procedures, changes in schedule, symptoms, surgery scheduling, etc.), returns phone calls (patients, pharmacies).

  • Maintains and cleans equipment, reports equipment deficiencies to management.

  • May perform other duties as assigned.


  • High School diploma or GED equivalent.

  • Basic Life Support (American Heart Association) certification.

  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant certification within one year of hire date (applicants who have obtained a Doctor of Medicine degree are exempt from the COA requirement).

  • Zero (0) to two (2) years of experience in a relevant role.


  • Two years of related experience (equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered).

  • Surgical assistance experience.

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.