Kingston Health Science Centre

Title: Orthoptist
Department: Ophthalmology
Hours of Work: Full-Time Position; Days
Rate of Pay: $39.67-$47.38
Union: OPSEU Non-Central
Location: Hotel Dieu Hospital Site


DESCRIPTION:
Under the direction of the Program Manager and the Program Medical Director, and the supervision of the Department of Ophthalmology Medical staff, the Orthoptists performs their duties in a multidisciplinary collaborative ambulatory care setting. They support the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Adult Strabismus, and Neuro-Ophthalmology services. Their primary role is to contribute in the detection, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with disorders of the visual system and/or eye motility. The Orthoptists work independently within their scope of practice and collaborates with other members of the health care team that may include but is not limited to physicians, learners, technicians, technologists and other Orthoptist(s).

PRINCIPLE DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Interpret, evaluate and communicate test results and preparing recommendations for patient treatment and management.
Perform ocular examination including history taking, visual acuity testing, lensometry, extra-ocular muscle assessment, sensory testing, pupil assessment, applanation tonometry, and refraction
Independently assess patients and help manage patients care in the Orthoptic Clinics
Consult with the referring physician regarding medical and/or surgical treatment
Educate patients and families on their specific ocular disorders.
Provide contact lens therapy
Knowledgeable in the type , strength, action and complications of certain ophthalmic medications
Provide support for the Ophthalmology Resident Training Program, Kingston Ophthalmic Training Center, Medical Students and other learners as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Certified Orthoptist and graduate of an accredited Orthoptic Program
Member or eligibility for membership of the Canadian Orthoptic Council
Current BCLS
Recent related work experience
Proven good attendance and punctuality
Proven ability to work efficiently and effectively with children and developmentally delayed patients and their families
Proven good interpersonal and communication skills
Capable of working in a physically and mentally demanding work environment
Demonstrated ability to practice independently and part of a team
Demonstrated high clinical standards and a commitment to ongoing education
Proven ability to attend work regularly.
Satisfactory Criminal Reference Check required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
The incumbent will be required to meet the physical demands as described for the area of work.