COTs work under the supervision and direction of an ophthalmologist. They are trained to measure visual acuity, instill ocular medications, obtain patient history, perform refractions, instruct paitents regarding medications, tests and procedures, measure intraocular pressure, neutralize spectacle lenses, measure corneal curvature, coordinate patient flow, measure and compare and test pupils.
COTs work primarily in ophthalmologists’ offices or clinics.
The BLS reports employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 104,400 openings for medical assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
An individual can become a COT via the following pathways:
Licensure is not required in Connecticut.
Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
2025 Woodlane Drive
St. Paul, MN 55125-2998