Optometrist

Location
Chicago
Posted
Jun 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Chicago provides a wide range of medical and surgical treatments for ocular disorders involving infants, children, and adults. Our faculty offers a full range of ophthalmic services including comprehensive ophthalmic care, refraction and contact lens fitting, pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, cornea, cataract and external diseases, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics and orbital surgery, uveitis, vitreoretinal diseases and surgery, and ocular oncology. We have a fully accredited residency training program and offer a two year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship.

Unit Job Summary: Examine eyes, using observation, instruments and pharmaceutical agents, to determine visual acuity and perception, focus and coordination and to diagnose diseases and other abnormalities such as glaucoma or color blindness. Analyze test results and develop appropriate treatment plans for patients. Diagnose sight problems, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness and eye diseases, such as glaucoma. Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses and other vision aids. Promote eye health by counseling patients, including explaining how to clean and wear contact lenses Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements and safety factors. Consult with and refer patients to ophthalmologist or other health care practitioner if additional medical treatment is determined necessary. Remove foreign bodies from the eye. Provide patients undergoing eye surgeries, such as cataract and laser vision correction, with pre- and post-operative care. Provide treatment options such as vision therapy or low-vision rehabilitation. Act as a resource for clinical skills to staff and residents on or off the unit. Actively participate in teaching students and residents in techniques and procedures which are unique to specific clinical setting.

Unit Education: Required: Completion of a bachelor's degree; Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree; and Ability to obtain Illinois licensure by start date.

Unit Experience: 3-5 years of experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Required: Demonstrated clinical competency, effective leadership and teaching skills. Ability to interview and obtain medical information. Willingness to be privileged and credentialed through UCMC Medical Staff Office prior to start date. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently. Strong organizational skills. Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills. Ability to handle public contact with courtesy, clarity, and diplomacy required. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and information with absolute discretion required. Ability to maintain calm and courteous demeanor and to work productively despite heavy workload, competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines required. Excellent problem-solving skills required. Preferred: Proficiency in the use of computers.