Dee Nantz, Ophthalmic Assistant at CEENTA

When it comes to your eyes, there’s nothing wrong with having all hands on deck. Beyond the ophthalmologists and optometrists, there is another group at CEENTA that excels at providing premier eye care to our patients. This position is rewarding for those who serve them and those who are served. Today, the career spotlight for CEENTA is: Ophthalmic Assistant.

What is an ophthalmic assistant?

Similar to a clinical assistant, an ophthalmic assistant aids an ophthalmologist with daily tasks and procedures. They are the middle ground between the front desk and the ophthalmologist and can provide important details about the patient prior to seeing the physician.

What does an ophthalmic assistant do?

Mrs. Dee Nantz, an ophthalmic assistant at our University location, has been with CEENTA for 27 years and provided numerous details about the job and her experience. “I am expected to do a full workup on the patient, including vision applanation, pupil dilation, and EOM testing.” In addition, ophthalmic assistants can even pick up clues on a patient’s sight based on their mannerisms.

“When we call the patient, we are to look at what they are doing in the waiting room to walking into the exam room to how they present themselves to the technician. I was told many years ago to listen to the patient and they will tell you their story,” Mrs. Nantz continued.

What are the job requirements for a CEENTA ophthalmic assistant?

An ophthalmic assistant must have at least their high school diploma or GED along with at least one year of eye care experience. The following are preferred:

  • Graduation from an International Council of Accreditation (ICA) accredited program
  • Completion of an International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) or American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • Current Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) or Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) certification

Who would be a good fit for an ophthalmic assistant job at CEENTA?

As part of our promise for premier eye care, we look for candidates who are diligent, provide excellent support to the ophthalmologist, and are knowledgeable of the terminology used during the workup process. Beyond having top-notch clinical skills, CEENTA ophthalmic assistants keep the patient first.

Mrs. Nantz is a prime example of the patient care we provide at our offices. “When a patient asks about when we go to lunch or leave, I tell them it is whenever we finish because it is about you, the patient. We will not rush anyone.”

Why should I join CEENTA as an ophthalmic assistant?

This job is the opportunity to learn more about the field of ophthalmology and help some of best eye care specialists across North and South Carolina. Mrs. Nantz sums up her passion for her career very succinctly.

“I get excited to come to my job because it doesn't seem like work to me. It is fun, exciting and I learn something new every day. Ophthalmology is the window to your soul.”

Start your ophthalmic assistant career with CEENTA! Explore our Careers page for more information about CEENTA positions, benefits, and applications for open positions today.


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