Lauren Johnson, a graduate of the one-year optometric technician diploma and the eight-week clinical ophthalmic assistant certificate, told the Wisconsin State Journal she enjoys the balace of personal responsibility and professional support in her work at the UW Health University Station Eye Clinic. She was interviewed for the Shifting Careers Series.
Johnson interacts with patients, performs preliminary tests and assists ophthalmologists with procedures.
Graduate opthalmic assistants can expect to earn $17.25 to $18.25 per hour with benefits with a 20 to 25 percent raise after one year.
Published June 25, 2018. Updated June 27, 2018.