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Highlighting Ophthalmic Medical Technicians during Glaucoma Awareness Week

Posted: March 9, 2021 by Diane Smith
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Earn your ophthalmic medical technician associate degree in about 20 months.
 


Ophthalmic medical technicians (OMTs) work with ophthalmologists to provide patient care by performing eye-related clinical tasks. Blending medicine with technology, the OMT can initiate patient exams, measure and record visual stats, perform diagnostic procedures, assist in clinical and surgical settings, prepare patients for eye-transplant surgery and more.
 
One eye condition that affects millions of Americans is glaucoma. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, more than three million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, but only half know they have it. During Glaucoma Awareness Week, we wanted to share with you some additional facts about this often-misunderstood disease. 
 
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and there is no cure yet for the disease. Glaucoma can cause blindness if left untreated, and research shows that approximately 10 percent of people who receive treatment still experience some loss of vision. While glaucoma is not yet curable, and vision loss cannot be regained, there are some treatments for the disease. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, medication and/or surgery can help to stop further loss of vision.

As an OMT, you could play an integral role in helping patients monitor and control their disease and you could assist in early diagnosis. Helping patients, before they lose vision.
 
Did you know that everyone is at risk for glaucoma and there may be no warning symptoms? It is a scary thought, but regular eye exams are a great way to stay in control of eye health. If tests show a glaucoma diagnosis, treatment can start immediately.
 
As an OMT your career opportunities are plentiful. You can choose to focus on a variety of areas like general ophthalmology, cornea, retina, glaucoma, pediatrics, oculoplastics and neuro-ophthalmology.
 
Pima Medical began offering its OMT associate degree program nearly 30 years ago at our Denver campus. In addition, it is the only accredited program of its kind in the state of Colorado. While the technology is ever changing, our commitment to students and their success is not. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career field is expected to see 14 percent growth by 2029, much faster than other careers.*  
 
Are you thinking about a career in ophthalmology? Did you know that many medical assistants have transitioned to a career as an OMT? If you have your medical assistant certification, the OMT associate degree at Pima Medical might be an excellent next step to advance your career.”

Learn more now. Your future is so bright you might need to wear shades.
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