What is a Paraoptometric?
Paraoptometrics are allied health professionals who assist optometrists in providing their highest level of vision care to patients. They extend the optometrist’s capabilities by assuming routine and technical aspects of vision care services. Paraoptometrics are to optometrists what paralegals are to lawyers.
Paraoptometrics perform a variety of duties in the optometric practice. They take care of front desk procedures, billing and coding of insurance claims and patient scheduling. They may also perform more clinical duties such as pre-testing patients, contact lens procedures, special testing and vision therapy. Paraoptometrics are also trained in ophthalmic optics and skilled at the selection, fitting and dispensing of eyewear.
As part of the vision care team, paraoptometrics help build patient confidence while working directly with an optometrist. A well-trained paraoptometric staff builds a clinic-patient relationship that is not only invaluable to the optometrist, but also ensures a high level of service resulting in patient satisfaction.
The American Optometric Association’s Paraoptometric Recognition Week
The American Optometric Association has designated September 14-20, 2014 as Paraoptometric Recognition Week. Now in its twelfth year, the recognition week is designed to honor paraoptometrics for their dedication to the patients they serve and to the profession of optometry.
Paraoptometrics are key members of the eye care delivery team in optometric offices all across the country. Their role is even more critical to providing the best patient care possible in today’s health care environment.
Linda Rodrigues, CPO, Paraoptometric Resource Center Executive Committee chair, recognized the important role of staff for a successful practice by stating, “Paraoptometrics are an essential part of the eye-care team. The potential of a well-trained optometric staff is of utmost importance and the formula to achieve a successful optometric practice. Optometrists who recognize their paraoptometric staff for their dedication, knowledge and professionalism are rewarded with satisfied patients and practice growth.”
Uptown Eye Care located at 560 Cedar Street, Monticello, MN plans to celebrate the week recognizing their CPO & CPOA certified staff.