Updated: April 2021

What does a 4V0X1 do?

Performs and manages visual screening tests and assists in patient treatment. Processes prescriptions for military eyewear. Performs and manages optometry and ophthalmology clinic activities. Manages and directs ophthalmic service personnel, materiel, equipment and programs. Supervises technical and administrative activities of ophthalmic services.

Where and How Long is the Tech School For a 4V0X1?

Tech School

53 Days - Ft Sam Houston, TX


Opthalmic Technician

What Does the 4V0X1 Duty Badge Look Like?

Enlisted Medical Badge

What are the Demographics for the 4V0X1 Career Field?







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What are the Requirements to Become a 4V0X1?


Administrative: 55


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What are the Duties and Responsibilities For a 4V0X1?

Performs ophthalmic services. Assists the health care provider in the examination and treatment of patients by performing visual tests or procedures. Records patient case history, conducts visual screening tests such as visual acuity, cover test, pupillary testing, color vision, depth perception, visual field charting, corneal topography, and tonometry for analysis and interpretation. Takes ophthalmic photographs. Administers ophthalmic drops and ointments and applies ocular dressings.

4V0X1 specific: Orders, fits, and dispenses military eyewear. Instructs patients on contact lens procedures. Assists air crew members in aviator contact lens and night vision goggle program. Assist personnel in occupational vision programs.

4V0X1S specific: Performs as an ophthalmic surgical assistant and prepares preoperative and postoperative patients. Prepares injectable ophthalmic anesthetics and antibiotics. Performs suture removal and obtains eye cultures. Performs ancillary testing such as ocular ultrasonography, retinal imaging, slitlamp photography, and flourescein angiography.

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

Manages ophthalmic administrative services. Directs safety, infection control, training, and other clinic specific programs. Coordinates technical and administrative activities of ophthalmic services to ensure effective and efficient use of ophthalmic personnel. Executes self-inspections, reviews reports and records for accuracy and compliance. Reports findings and service’s activities. Establishes or recommends ophthalmic standards, regulations, policies, or procedures to ensure quality patient care in a safe, efficient, and effective ophthalmic environment.

What Are the Specialty Qualifications for a 4V0X1?

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: Ocular anatomy; ophthalmic medications; visual physiology, optics; use and maintenance of ophthalmic instruments and testing equipment; ophthalmic and medical instructions; medical terminology; ophthalmic technology; asepsis; ocular referrals and emergency medical treatment; patient transportation; medical ethics; medical administration; and medical service organization and function. Surgical instruments and equipment, ophthalmic injectable medications, anesthetic solutions, and ocular disorders.

  • 4V0X1S. Surgical instruments and equipment, gowning and gloving, maintaining sterile field, common ocular surgical procedures, ophthalmic injectable medications, flourescein angiography, and ocular disorders.

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

Training. The following is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • 4V031. Completion of the Medical Education Training Campus (METC) Ophthalmic Technician program.
  • 4V031S. Graduation from the ophthalmology apprentice course.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • 4V051. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 4V031. Also, experience in caring for and treating ophthalmic 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.
  • 4V051S. Proficiency through on-the-job training of all applicable ophthalmology tasks listed in 4V0X1/S CFETP.
  • 4V071. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 4V051/S. Also, experience performing or supervising ophthalmic functions such as caring for and treating patients, operating ophthalmic testing equipment, and fitting optical and ophthalmic devices.
  • 4V071/S. Proficiency through on-the-job training of all applicable ophthalmology tasks listed in 4V0X1 CFETP.
  • 4V091. Qualification in and in possession of AFSC 4V071/S. Also, experience managing optometry or ophthalmology activities.

What Are the Different Specialties (Shredouts) for 4V0X1?

S              Ophthalmology

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What Are the Possible Assignments for 4VS31?

  • Davis-Monthan, Arizona
  • Goodfellow AFB, Texas
  • JB Andrews, Maryland
  • JB Elmendorf-Rich, Alaska
  • JB Langley-Eustis, Virginia
  • JBSA Lackland, Texas
  • Keesler, Mississippi
  • Lakenheath, United Kingdom
  • McConnell, Kansas
  • Minot, North Dakota
  • Nellis, Nevada
  • Ramstein, Germany
  • Seymour Johnson, North Carolina
  • Shaw, South Carolina
  • Sheppard, Texas
  • Spangdahlem AB, Germany
  • Travis, California
  • Tyndall, Florida
  • USAF Academy, Colorado
  • Vance, Oklahoma

What Are the Possible Assignments for 4VS31S?

  • Eglin, Florida
  • JBSA Lackland, Texas
  • Keesler, Mississippi
  • MacDill, Florida
  • Nellis, Nevada
  • USAF Academy, Colorado

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