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.
Employment for ophthalmic technicians is expected to increase 15 percent from 2016 to 2026.
An individual can become a COT via the following pathways:
Licensure is not required in Connecticut.
Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
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St. Paul, MN 55125-2998