Class Code Pay Plan Class Title Eff.Date
8275  RX - 05 OPTOMETRIST  Jul 1, 2009
8277  HD - OP OPTOMETRIST (PER DIEM)  Aug 26, 2013
In the Correctional Managed Health Care delivery system, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the State Department of Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind this class is accountable for providing professional optometry services.
Works under the general supervision of an employee of higher grade.
May lead professional and paraprofessional staff as assigned.
Examines eyes to determine visual acuity and perception, focus and visual skill problems and to diagnose diseases and other abnormalities such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and color blindness; evaluates infectious, inflammatory and traumatic conditions and prescribes appropriate treatment including topical medicine; analyzes test results to establish a diagnosis and determine appropriate treatment; uses noninvasive procedures to remove foreign bodies from the eye; prescribes, adjusts and fits eyeglasses, contact lenses and other vision aids; educates on preventative measures such as contact lens care, therapeutic procedures to correct or conserve vision and visual hygiene; consults with and refers patients to ophthalmologist if additional treatment is needed; prepares health record documentation and reports on health services; acts as a liaison between agency and community health providers; may participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary evaluation team; performs related duties as required.
BUREAU OF EDUCATION AND SERVICES FOR THE BLIND: Provides low vision rehabilitation to blind and visually impaired patients/clients; implements rehabilitation protocols for low vision care; reviews reports from agency approved low vision providers to ensure consistent application of agency low vision policies and protocols; reviews applications and renewal documents from low vision practitioners to obtain or retain agency approved provider status.
Considerable knowledge of methods and principles of optometry including visual functions, defects of vision or other conditions or diseases of the visual system; considerable knowledge of current practices of assessment and treatment of visual acuities; knowledge of recent developments in the field of optometry including treatment models and best practices; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; diagnostic, assessment and evaluation skills; ability to analyze and interpret laboratory and other medical reports and findings.
BUREAU OF EDUCATION AND SERVICES FOR THE BLIND: Considerable knowledge of low vision devices and their use; ability to design rehabilitation programs for the blind and visual impaired.
General Experience:
Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain a license to practice optometry pursuant to Sec. 20-130 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. 1320a-7b(f).
BUREAU OF EDUCATION AND SERVICES FOR THE BLIND: Incumbents in this class must meet additional credentials as a low vision provider as specified by the Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain clients and may be exposed to disagreeable conditions, communicable and/or infectious diseases and risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive clients.
CONDITION OF APPOINTMENT [For Per Diem Employees Class Code 8277]:
No permanent State Employee may work in a per diem position.
COMPENSATION GUIDELINES [For Per Diem Employees Class Code 8277]:
Compensation will be based in accordance with the following schedule:
P-1 Base Pay Hourly Rate - Step 5 of Optometrist
Fringe Benefit Rate - 37% of Base Pay Hourly Rate
(Refer to the hourly wage rate for the DH pay plan
Shift Differential - 15% of Base Pay Hourly Rate
Weekend Differential - 15% of Base Pay Hourly Rate
Premium Holiday Hourly Rate - 50% of Base Pay Hourly Rate
Non-Examined refers to Section 5-219 of the Connecticut General Statutes which permits appointment of candidates to competitive positions without formal examination when a professional license, professional degree, accreditation or certificate is a mandatory requirement for appointment to a class.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Optometrist in Salary Group RX 05 and Optometrist (Per Diem) in Salary Group VR 99 approved effective September 10, 2012. (Revised to modify Salary Plan and Grade of Per Diem class)

8275A 8/13/13 cm
CC Final#  Occup. Group Bargaining Unit EEO
8275  1494  (21)-Medical, Dental, Veterinary Medicine
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
8277  1972  (21)-Medical, Dental, Veterinary Medicine
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)