Low Vision Optometrist
Reports to: the Low Vision Optometrist will report to the President/CEO
Hours: 2-4 days a week, 8:30am-5pm
The Low Vision Optometrist provides specialty low vision care to patients who have experienced a vision loss, are under the care of a primary eye care professional and who wish to improve the quality of their daily living, specifically to meet individual patient-stated goals. Services will include testing, evaluation and consultation with patients. Treatment may include spectacle correction, low vision aid and technology recommendations and low vision rehabilitation therapy. The optometrist will consult with others on the low vision rehabilitation team and with the referring eye care provider.
Responsibilities and duties:
- Reviews ophthalmologic reports from referring providers.
- Provides functional vision assessments, routine eye examination, including visual field tests and other testing as needed.
- Keeps thorough record of vision assessment and client counseling in database.
- Provides recommendations for near, mid and distance adaptive aid training to be completed by Low Vision Therapist.
- Communicates with referring eye care physicians, including written reports following care.
- Makes intra-agency referrals to other vision rehabilitation professionals when appropriate.
- Makes referrals to other agencies when appropriate.
- Provides training to other staff when needed.
- Keeps current with new developments in the field of optometry, specifically low vision. Takes courses (in person or online) to further develop low vision skills.
- Assists with program planning and development, and participates in department and team meetings.
- Participates in educational presentations to support groups, the public and other providers.
- Understands and utilizes the electronic health record system.
- Maintains all records in accordance with agency and legal requirements.
- Understands and complies with HIPAA and agency patient confidentiality guidelines.
Minimum required qualifications:
- Graduate of an accredited School of Optometry.
- Licensed to practice in the state of Washington (required before first day of work).
- Fully credentialed (or actively in process of) with the following insurance companies: Medicare/Medicaid, Kaiser Permanente, United Healthcare, Premera, Regence, Molina, Humana, and Aetna. Documentation of completion is required before contract agreement.
- Dedication to client-centered approach to low vision care.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team approach to rehabilitation services.
- Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with appropriate community services.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate well with staff team, clients, and other providers.
- Ability to travel throughout agency’s service area.
- A valid Washington state driver’s license, if driving on agency business.
- Automobile insurance meeting the minimum levels as set forth in the Agency Policies and Procedures, if driving on agency business.
- Acceptable criminal background check.
- CPR certification obtained within 90 days of employment and kept current throughout term of employment.
- One year of demonstrated experience in the field of low vision rehabilitation.
- Experience with an older population with multiple disabilities and health issues.
About Sight Connection
At Sight Connection, we believe that losing vision doesn’t mean losing independence. Everyday, we help people of all ages across Western Washington adapt to vision loss, learn the tools they need to remain independent, and re-connect to the work, hobbies and people who help them thrive.
About Our Services
We customize our service plan to each client according to their needs, goals, and capabilities and equip them with the best resources, information, and training. Sight Connection clients are supported by our holistic set of services: our low vision clinic, safe travel and independent living training, counseling and education services, assistive technology support and store products. For more information visit our website at www.sightconnection.org.