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Specialty Areas
Ophthalmic medical assistants, optometric assistants, and podiatric medical assistants are examples of specialized medical assistants who have additional duties.

Ophthalmic Medical Assistants
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
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
Podiatric medical assistants make castings of feet, expose and develop x rays, and assist podiatrists in surgery.

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 


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