Optician Wanted: Salud Para La Gente

Salud Para La Gente (SALUD) provides high quality, comprehensive and cost-effective healthcare to underserved low-income communities in the Monterey Bay area, including Santa Cruz County and North Monterey County. We began in Watsonville in 1978 as a storefront “free clinic”. With the ever growing need for health services, in 1992 we became a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC). Today we are a primary health care network with 14 clinic sites, over 360 employees and continue to provide high quality services to patients of all ages.

We are seeking a dynamic, organized and detail-oriented Optician to be responsible for assisting in patient care and providing support to the Optometrist by measuring acuity and obtaining the medical and ocular history of patients, reading prescriptions, and assisting in fitting and dispensing glasses and contact lenses. Additionally, the Optician will assist with the maintenance and operation of optical equipment and storage of supplies, assist with patient intake, frame selection, order prescribed lenses, provide patients with instructions on the handling of different types of contact and spectacle lenses, minor triage, sterilizing equipment, maintaining stocked exam rooms, and stabilizing clinic flow. SALUD offers a collaborative culture that values excellence, achievement, innovation, teamwork and compassion while ensuring respect, dignity and fairness for our patients.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
 -Interprets prescriptions written by ophthalmologists and optometrists.
 -Collects eye measurements including corneal width and thickness.
 -Assists patients with the selection of eyeglass and lens treatments including tints and coatings.
 -Creates work orders for lab technicians to ensure delivery of the proper lenses.
 -Adjusts eyeglasses to ensure a proper fit.
 -Repairs broken frames.
 -Educates clients on proper eyeglass and contact lens care.
 -Assists with medical history intake, including: Main complaint, optometric pre-testing
procedures, retinal photography and measurements, and vital statistics.
 -Assists patients with follow-up instructions and/or appointments.
 -Monitors patient information exchange for referrals.
 -Monitors patient flow, assisting Optometrist with procedures as necessary: Set up patients in
exam room, facilitates Optometrist ability to achieve standard productivity level.
-Recommends scheduling adjustments or enhancements to achieve productivity level; works
with scheduling staff, Optometrist, and Clinic Manager to achieve necessary adjustments.
 -Assists in scheduling and confirming appointments according to clinic policies in coordination
with Patient Services Coordinators.
 -Answers incoming calls courteously and professionally, taking messages and screens calls for
medical urgency.
-Respects and maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
-Stocks exam rooms, sterilizes equipment and maintains instruments. 

 -Keeps inventory of clinical materials and supplies, orders supplies and glasses as needed.
 -Helps compile patients’ notes and scans documents to EHR.
-May participate in off-site clinics.
-Attends and participates in regular scheduled meetings.

 State of California Spectacle Lens and Contact Lens Dispenser Certified.
 2 years prior experience working in an optical setting performing optician duties.
 High school graduate
 Bilingual Spanish/English
 Knowledge of sterilization techniques
 Knowledge of the use and care of medical office equipment and supplies
 Current valid CPR certification.

 Knowledge of medical terminology

Standing, walking, sitting, typing, reaching, bending, moving and/or lifting up to 50 pounds.

Salary Range: $17.28 to $$21.66 per hour.
Benefit Package: Medical, Dental, Vision and Life insurance, 4O1K, Voluntary Long Term Disability, PTO and Holiday Pay.

Please submit a current resume and cover letter to