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The Orthoptist reports administratively to the Practice Manager and clinically to the Chief of Ophthalmology or designee. Works closely with the pediatric ophthalmologists in the practice, performing intake exams, retinoscopy, and sensorimotor exams. This individual would also be an integral part of teaching ophthalmology residents from the Brown University Ophthalmology Residency Program, nurse practitioners, medical students, and visiting students who rotate through our clinics. There would also be an opportunity for a motivated and independent orthoptist to have their own clinic to co-manage patients with strabismus and/or amblyopia with the pediatric ophthalmologists.


Consistently applies the corporate values of respect, honesty and fairness and the constant pursuit of excellence in improving the health status of the people of the region through the provision of customer-friendly, geographically accessible and high-value services within the environment of a comprehensive integrated academic health system. Is responsible for knowing and acting in accordance with the principles of the Lifespan Corporate Compliance Program and Code of Conduct.


1. Optometric examinations and treatment

a. Independent patient examinations within the scope of licensure.

b. Timely interpretation of diagnostic tests ordered and development of a treatment plan, with appropriate patient notification.

c. Co-management of the medical/surgical patient according to state law and the operations of the practice.

d. Emergency patient examinations.

e. Vision therapy and rehabilitation

f. Prescribes medication for eye problems

g. Performs procedures to treat eye problems within scope of privileges

h. As pertinent, referral of patients to an ophthalmologist for further care

i. If applicable, participate in rotating call schedule with backup available for complex situations.

2. Contact lens service operations and management

a. In conjunction with the practice administrator, create and implement an operating budget for the contact lens department.

b. Provide contact lens examinations and fittings.

c. Oversight of contact lens inventory i.e. trial lenses, retail stock, supplies and solutions.

d. Provide guidelines regarding contact lens instruction in insertion and removal to be performed by appointed clinical staff

3. Administrative

Advises practice manager of schedule and requests time off at least 1 month in advance to avoid scheduling conflicts

Documents all patient encounters in the medical record with appropriate co-signature in accordance with state law, when necessary

Bills for services provided in accordance with state law and in compliance with practice and payor requirements.

Complies with all federal, state, and local regulations and laws governing the performance of this position.

Follows all policies and procedures. Respects confidentiality. Completes annual CME requirements.

4. Community Outreach and Practice Growth

In conjunction with the practice manager, schedule and perform eye health screenings in the community.

In conjunction with the practice manager, assist in developing the optometric and ophthalmology practice using various marketing tools including face to face appointments with primary care physicians.

5. Education

Schedule learning opportunities with the medical director.

Provide periodic formal in-house continuing education for ophthalmic medical personnel and residents/fellows. Provides training and assistance as needed.

Other information:


1. Bachelor's degree

2. Certified orthoptist or eligible certification from an AOC accredited Orthoptic Program

3. Interest in teaching ophthalmology residents, physician extenders, and students in the medical field

4. Excellence in clinical care of children and their families

5. Commitment to detailed and accurate examination techniques

6. Team player willing to participate in multiple tasks to facilitate patient care

7. Friendly, professional manner


8. Provide quality patient eye care

9. Demonstrated ability to work with patients of all ages

10. Proficiency which exceeds that of the senior ophthalmic technician/assistant, to allow for oversight of that role

11. Organized with attention to detail

12. Demonstrated computer literacy


Must have a minimum of two or more years of experience as an optometrist. Preferred experience in an academic medical center.

High level of customer service, cultural sensitivity and effective oral and written communications skills.


Good hearing and visual acuity are required. Must be able to physically assist patients to and from examination chairs. Must be able to assist visually impaired patients. Must have manual dexterity to work with ophthalmic equipment. May be required to stand for long periods of time.


Performs independently within department policies and practices. Refers specific complex problems to Chief or designee where clarification of department policies and procedures may be required.


Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetics, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran or marital status. Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Location: Lifespan Physician Group, Inc., USA:RI:Providence

Work Type: Full Time

Shift: Shift 1

Union: Non-Union

About Lifespan Corporation

Lifespan, Rhode Island's first Health System, was founded in 1994 by Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. Today, Lifespan partners include the best names in health care in the region. Lifespan is a not-for-profit organization overseen by a board of directors, volunteer community leaders who are guided by the Lifespan Mission. The mission of Lifespan is to improve the health status of the people whom we serve in Rhode Island and New England through the provision of customer friendly, geographically accessible and high value services.

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