A 1-year certificate program for a career in eye care

Ophthalmic Technicians (OpTechs) work closely with ophthalmologists, who are specialty eye doctors, to assist in caring for patients with eye diseases or injuries. An OpTech holds many important roles in an ophthalmology practice to prepare a patient to see their eye doctor.


Benefits of the Duke OpTech Program

  • Students may begin the program after earning a high school diploma, students must be 18 at start of clinical rotations.   
  • No college degree or prerequisites required  
  • Earn a certificate in one year with eligibility to take the certification exam  
  • Nine months spent getting hands on experience in clinical rotations at Duke Eye Center 
  • Starting pay $22-$24/hr 
  • 90% employment rate after program completion  
  • Affordable tuition and financial aid is available  

Highlights of an OpTech Career

  • Provide direct patient care with highly specialized eye doctors (ophthalmologists)  
  • Perform vision exams, diagnostic testing, measure and record visual stats, to help ophthalmologist correct diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases 
  • Assist in surgery performed by ophthalmologists 
  • Instruct patients about medications, tests and procedures 
  • Support clinical research by collecting information for research studies  
  • An in-demand career due to a nationwide shortage of OpTechs 
  • Many possibilities for career advancement in clinic management positions and other roles in eye care 
  • Individuals interested in a direct patient care career that does not require a four-year degree are encouraged to apply  

About the Program

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Contact for more information


919-681-9157
optech@duke.edu