This Position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Mid-Atlantic Care Network (VISN 6), Asheville VA Medical Center, at the CBOC, in Hickory, NC. This Optometry Health Technician is assigned the Optometry Department with responsibility to provide direct services for adult and geriatric Veterans with optical needs. The individual works in the Optometry Department within the clinic during standard business hours. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-07- grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Meets the qualification standard for the GS 7 Health Technician (Optometry) as defined in VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G68. One year of experience comparable to the next lower level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-07 level. OR Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-07 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-07. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e., 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e., 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. There is no educational substitution for the GS-07 level. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. ["Some of the duties and responsibilities of this position include (but are not limited to): Utilizing knowledge of ophthalmic medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology. Exercising skill in patient eye-care, ocular anatomy and pathology. Providing technical, medical and administrative information to physicians to provide a basis for subsequent surgery, medical therapies, or other diagnostic eye treatment procedures. Performing intraocular pressure measurements and transferring the images into the patient electronic medical record. Performing routine cleaning of ophthalmic medical equipment. Performing and documenting visual fields using appropriate equipment such as auto refractor, manual refractor, tonometer, lensometer, and Humphrey Visual Field machine. Performing other related duties as assigned In addition to meeting the experience or educational requirements for this grade level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAs: (a) Ability to determine preliminary objective estimate and/or refinement of the optical status of the eye, not to include the patient's final subjective refraction. (b) Ability to triage and manage eyeglasses issues (e.g., measurement of vertex distance, base curve, prism correction, center thickness, slab off, Fresnel prism, decentration, etc.). (c) Ability to perform accurate assessment of accommodation, near point of convergence and ocular alignment (far and near). (d) Ability to assist the eye care provider (optometrist or ophthalmologist) with ophthalmic procedures. (e) Ability to assist with obtaining accurate ocular cultures and smears. (f) Knowledge and ability to provide advanced patient education for eye health and/or vision conditions Employee at this grade level serves as a full performance level health technician (optometry): The technicians perform duties such as measuring and recording visual acuity (with use of pinhole testing as indicated), obtaining accurate potential acuity meter, laser interferometry, contrast sensitivity or other specialized visual acuity measurements. The technicians also evaluate pupillary light responses and measure pupil size, determine the presence or absence of fusion, and perform stereoacuity measurements. The health technicians (optometry) perform Amsler grid testing, administer eye drops under the supervision of an eye care provider (optometrist or ophthalmologist), perform basic tonometry (e.g., non-contact, Goldmann, Tono-Pen) and estimate the anterior chamber depth with a penlight or slit lamp biomicroscope. The technicians are skilled in properly reading a basic spectacle prescription using an automated or manual lensometer, obtaining accurate autorefractometry and keratometry measurements, performing confrontation and standard automated visual field testing and administering and scoring basic color vision tests (e.g., pseudoisochromatic plates, Farnsworth D-15). The technicians are also adept at measuring and recording corneal thickness by pachymetry as well as performance of advanced corneal measurements, Ex ophthalmometry, tear testing and ocular imaging (e.g., stereo fundus, basic slit lamp bio microscopy, intraocular lens master measurements, ocular ultrasonography, posterior segment optical coherence tomography, fundus autofluorescence and/or ocular angiography). Deviations from regular procedures, unanticipated problems and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or assistance. Assignments at this level involve procedures performed under supervision from senior optometry personnel Work Schedule: Monday-Friday -Tour - 7:30am to 4:00pm - Monday-Friday Telework - Not Available- This is not a Remote or Virtual Position Position Description Title/PD#: FS -GS-07 Health Technician Optometry Physical Requirements: Position requires extensive walking, standing, bending, lifting, pushing, and pulling. 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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.