Skip to Main Content
  • Select Province:
  • Fran├žais
  • Print
  • Change Contrast
  • Text Resize

Northern Ontario, ON - Nurse, Ophthalmic Assistant

The Medical Mobile Eye Care Unit, known as the Eye Van, is a unique health service in partnership with the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (Ontario's Ophthalmologists), a section of the Ontario Medical Association, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The program was established in 1972.

The Eye Van is a fully equipped, medical mobile eye-care clinic on wheels that travels more than 6,000 kilometres annually to provide service in Northern Ontario. With a commitment from more than 25 ophthalmologists, the Eye Van serves 4,500 patients.

The Eye Van offers the opportunity to work for a health care program that changes people's lives; one that provides patient-centered care, and values employees as its greatest asset.

We offer competitive salaries and benefits, flexible schedules, and opportunities to grow.

For more information about the Medical Mobile Eye Care program, please visit or call 1-888-675-2468 ext. 5446.


Date: January 21, 2020
Job Title:
Nurse - Ophthalmic Assistant
Term: Contract 1 year (Renewable)
Location: Northern Ontario
Reports to: General Manager, Medical Mobile Eye Care Unit


I. Scope and Summary of Primary Responsibilities

In covering a broad range of duties, this position is responsible for the onsite operation of the Medical Mobile Eye Care Unit (Eye Van) throughout Northern Ontario. The role includes, and is not limited to, patient care, working with Ophthalmologists, conducting health screening, operating medical equipment, collaborating with medical professionals, engaging community partners, and supporting clinical operations related to the program. Extensive travel is required throughout Ontario North. 

II. Essential Functions

This position entails, but is not limited to the following general responsibilities:

Medical & Health:

  • Conducts intake of patients, documents patient history, identifies concerns and informs patient of tests and procedures as part of the examination and procedures
  • Provides health education regarding prevention of eye disease and other areas of health and lifestyle
  • Performs tests and screening as per program guidelines, use of medical equipment, and assisting with minor surgical procedures and laser treatments as designated by ophthalmologist
  • Understands and coordinates pharmaceutical products and medical prescriptions
  • Prepares and sterilizes medical/surgical instruments following set protocols
  • Collaborates with ophthalmologist in assessment of patients and supports patient referrals to Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario and CNIB Foundation
  • Ensures safe operation of all medical equipment and unit mechanics; follows guidelines for set up and take down in preparation for and completion of clinics
  • Supports the health promotion sessions for community health care providers
  • Confirms patient understanding of medical procedures and completion of required consent forms
  • Collaborates with a team that includes staff, ophthalmologists, community health care professionals, diabetes education programs and other partners to ensure quality patient care
  • Utilizes medial computer software to manage patient information; code and submit weekly patient diagnosis, testing, and billings; input and update patient information and treatment

Program Coordination:

  • Collects data, and evaluations required for planning and program advancement
  • Provides orientation for Ophthalmologists, Residents, Medical and Ophthalmic related professional students
  • Performs tasks related to the pre/post Eye Van Tour
  • Completes various administrative tasks related to the program's medical, financial, operational and human resources, as required
  • Participates in public relations activities including liaising with healthcare professionals, local service clubs, volunteers, the public, and local media
  • Completes reports related to patient care and health and safety

Experience and Education:

  • Registered Practical Nurse/Registered Nurse/Ophthalmic Assistant/Technician
  • Certificate or experience in Ophthalmology an asset.
  • Must have valid Ontario driver's license and provide a Driver's Abstract
  • Successful candidate, may be required to obtain Ontario Class D or AZ driver's license (training provided) 

Work Environment:

  • Friendly, educational, collaborative, and rewarding atmosphere.
  • Extensive travel within Northern Ontario between mid-March and early November
  • Flexible work hours are required, including weekend work
  • Collaboration with health care, community and corporate partners
  • Ability to work and thrive in a physical and fast-paced environment
Closing Date for Applications: January 28, 2020

Please Send the cover letter and resume to: and quote the job title in the subject line. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted