If you recall, back in February I got my first full-time job at Johnson Optometric. I worked at the front desk checking people in. I talked a little bit about it back back when I first started working.
Welllllll now I actually have a different job! Same place - new position. A while ago they asked me if I had any interest in becoming an optometric technician and I was like yeah, sure. And then it was like BAM, okay, it's time to start training. I was like woahhh, awesome. That's almost exactly how it all happened.
So now I've been training for a couple weeks and I have learned SO much.
If you've never been to the eye doctor, I'll explain the job this way: I'm the eye doctor's assistant/nurse-like person.
If you've been to the eye doctor, I'll tell you that I run all of the preliminary tests on your eyes such as the auto-refractor and visual field test. There may be additional tests/retinal photos needed depending on the patient. I then take you to the exam room and annoy you with a bunch of questions about your health and your eyes and your dog and your life.
I check your vision, your eye muscles, your pupils, and then numb your eyes with a drop (everyone's favorite part!). I check your eye pressure, which we do without using the "puff of air" method that people hate, haha. I check your prescription ("One...or two...one...or two") and dilate your eyes. When the doctor comes in I help him with whatever he needs and enter his observations and instructions into the computer system.
(A few of those things I'm still learning. I'm such a noob.)
And all of that is just for a basic eye exam. Some of them are MUCH more complicated. Really every patient is different - that's what's difficult to me. I like having an exact routine and knowing every detail of what I need to do before hand. There's just no way to know that at any doctor's office. It sure does make it interesting though!
It helps tremendously that the girl training me is such an expert on all of this and an excellent teacher. I'm surrounded by smart, helpful, kind people at the office and I am SO thankful for that.
If you're wondering - yes, I warned them that I am a fainter and get queasy in a matter of two seconds. But they said it should be fine...we'll see. Haha. People have always joked about how I could never have a job in the medical field....but here I am. In scrubs.
And also if you're wondering - yes, I have terrible vision myself. My contacts are -6.00 with some crazy astigmatism. (Way beyond legally blind.) So maybe that helps me understand eye problems? Haha.
God's plans have definitely taken me by surprise on this one. But He knows best. :) All glory be to His Name!