AFSC 4V0X1 Optometry

Air Force Enlisted Job Description

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Performs and manages visual screening tests and assists in patient treatment. Processes eyewear prescriptions for military spectacles. Performs and manages optometry clinic activities. Manages and directs optometry service personnel, materiel, and equipment. Supervises technical and administrative activities of optometry services. May perform duties in ophthalmology. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 323.

Duties and Responsibilities

Supervises optometry services. Assists the health care provider in the examination and treatment of patients by performing visual tests or procedures. Orders and dispenses military spectacles. Fits patients with spectacles and instructs patients on contact lens procedures.

Assists aircrew members in aviator contact lens and night vision goggle program. Assists flight personnel in the occupational vision program. Records patient case history, conducts visual screening tests such as visual acuity, cover test, pupillary testing, color vision, depth perception, visual field charting, and tonometry for analysis and interpretation. Instills approved ophthalmic drugs.

Manages clinic resources. Determines requirements for supplies, equipment, and personnel. Develops and maintains a working environment to provide timely, economical, and operational support. Reviews budget and manages optometry activities. Performs periodic maintenance and calibration checks on clinic diagnostic equipment.

Manages optometry administrative services. Coordinates technical and administrative activities of optometry services to ensure effective and efficient visual programs. Reviews reports and records for accuracy and compliance. Reports findings and service's activities. Develops and evaluates training in the clinic environment and recommends changes. Establishes or recommends optometry standards, regulations, policies, or procedures to ensure quality patient care in a safe, efficient, and effective optometry environment.

Performs ophthalmic functions. Prepares patients and performs as special surgical assistant in all types of ophthalmic surgery. Administers ophthalmic drops and ointments, applies ocular dressings, performs suture removal, and obtains eye cultures. Performs general ophthalmic procedures in preparing preoperative and postoperative patients. Takes ophthalmic photographs and prepares injectable ophthalmic anesthetics and antibiotics. Here are the specialty qualifications.


The following knowledge is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

4V0X1/X1A. Ocular anatomy; ophthalmic medications; visual physiology, optics; use and maintenance of ophthalmic instruments and testing equipment; ophthalmic and medical regulations; medical terminology; optometric technology; asepsis; ocular referrals and emergency medical treatment; patient transportation; medical ethics; medical administration; and medical service organization and function.

4V0X1A. Surgical instruments and equipment, ophthalmic injectable medications, anesthetic solutions, and ocular disorders.


For entry into this specialty, completion of high school courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, physics, biology, anatomy, or physiology is desirable.


The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • 4V031. Completion of a basic optometry course.
  • 4V031A. Completion of the resident (Phase 1) Air Force surgical course.


The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).

  • 4V051/51A. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 4V031/31A. Also, experience in caring for and treating optometry patients and in operating and maintaining ophthalmic equipment such as lensometers, vision screening instruments, visual field measuring instruments, tonometers, and fitting optical and ophthalmic devices.
  • 4V071/71A. Qualification and in possession of AFSC 4V051/51A. Also, experience performing or supervising ophthalmic functions such as caring for and treating patients, operating ophthalmic testing equipment, and fitting optical and ophthalmic devices.
  • 4V090. Qualification and in possession of AFSC 4V071/71A. Also, experience managing optometry or ophthalmology activities.


The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry, award, and retention of AFSCs 4V0X1/X1A:

  1. Vision corrected to at least 20/30 in each eye.
  2. No detectable central scotoma in either eye.

For entry into suffix A, prior qualification in and possession of AFSC 4V051/71.

*Specialty Shredouts

  • Suffix Portion of AFS to Which Related
  • A Ophthalmology

Strength Req

  • G

Physical Profile

  • 333223


  • No

Required Appitude Score

  • G-43 (Changed to G-55, effective 1 October 2004).

Technical Training

  • Course #: J3ALR4V031A 001
  • Length (Days): 38
  • Location: S