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Ophthalmic Medical Technologists


The outlook for ophthalmic medical technologists is bright. As scientific and technological innovations continue to advance the ophthalmology field, technologists will be in high demand to help patients monitor their vision and treat eye diseases. The Department of Labor predicts 11 percent employment growth, much faster than the average, for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians through 2028. More people are living longer and the aging population will increase the need for vision care specialists. Also, new technology, such as the growing popularity of using lasers to correct vision problems, will allow doctors to treat and detect vision disease and impairments that were previously treatable by invasive surgery or eyewear. Ophthalmic medical technologists that hold an associate's degree, have the certified ophthalmic medical technologist designation, and have prior work experience will have the best job prospects.

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