assistants, optometric assistants, and podiatric medical assistants are
examples of specialized medical assistants who have additional duties.
Ophthalmic medical assistants help ophthalmologists
provide eye care. They conduct diagnostic tests, measure and record vision,
and test eye muscle function. They also show patients how to insert,
remove, and care for contact lenses, and they apply eye dressings. Under
the direction of the physician, ophthalmic medical assistants may
administer eye medications. They also maintain optical and surgical
instruments and may assist the ophthalmologist in surgery.
Optometric medical assistants also help provide eye care,
working with optometrists. They
provide chair-side assistance, instruct patients about contact lens use and
care, conduct preliminary tests on patients, and otherwise provide
assistance while working directly with an optometrist.
Podiatric medical assistants make castings of feet, expose
and develop x rays, and assist podiatrists
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