Optometrist (35 Hour)

Recruitment #230629-8275RX-001


Are you an eye care professional who is seeking to find an employer with exemplary healthcare practices?

The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) is seeking an experienced, board-certified Optometrist. This exciting, dynamic position is uniquely positioned to have demonstrative, lasting impact on the health care of the incarcerated population in Connecticut. 

What we can offer you
We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
  • Providing limitless opportunities;
  • Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
  • Performing meaningful work and;
  • Encouraging a healthy work/life balance!

Position highlights
This position will allow a dedicated, experienced, and creative candidate to provide significant impact to the underserved population that make up many of the vulnerable patients within our system.

As an Optometrist for the State of Connecticut, you can expect to:
  • Fulfill public service by providing clinical care to a vulnerable patient population.
  • Avoid hassles with insurance companies and billing requirements.
  • Work in a safe and collaborative environment with nursing and administrative support.
  • Perform charting with a modern electronic health record.
  • Have malpractice insurance covered by the State of Connecticut.

The agency is looking to hire for a full-time, 35 hours per week, first shift position. Schedule is Monday-Friday 7:00am and 3:00pm.

This position covers the populations for Cheshire Correctional Institution, Garner Correctional Institution, and Manson Youth Institution. Primary duties will be located in Cheshire, CT with regular travel to Newtown, CT.

About us
The State of Connecticut Department of Correction shall strive to be a global leader in progressive correctional practices and partnered re-entry initiatives to support responsive evidence-based practices aligned to law-abiding and accountable behaviors. Safe and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders.

Learn more from our healthcare team at the DOC:

Selection Plan

Before you apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
Important information for after you apply:
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Questions about this position should be directed to Mackenzie Robinson at


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.


  • 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.
  • 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;
    • 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;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Diagnostic, assessment and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to analyze and interpret laboratory and other medical reports and findings.
  • Considerable knowledge of low vision devices and their use;
  • Ability to design rehabilitation programs for the blind and visual impaired.


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).


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.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.