Keli B. O’Connor, COMT, ABOC is the Clinical Coordinator for the Center for Advanced Retinal & Ocular Therapeutics at the Perelman Center of Advanced Medicine and Professor a Drexel University.
The former head ophthalmic technician in the neuro-ophthalmology department at the University of Pennsylvania Health System from 2016 to 2019, she led the Thyroid Eye Clinic and designed schedule templates for physicians. Within the hospital, she has assisted in patient examinations, visual fields and OCT scans, fundus photography, and electroretinography. Keli has taught new technicians entering the field about the ins and outs of ophthalmic assisting, including slit-lamp microscopy, lensometry, ocular anatomy, and refracting. She regularly participates in leadership programs and classes within the Health System.
Before joining Penn Medicine, she worked as a retina technician at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where she aided in ocular procedures and scribing. Formerly an optician at a private optometric practice and supervisor of optical staff for an international glasses outfitter, she has trained in lab manufacturing and won multiple awards in customer service during a decade-long span in optics.
Keli is an instructor of Comprehensive Lensometry for the IJCAHPO ACE Program and teacher of optics at the Scheie Eye Institute. She has been American Board of Opticians Certified since 2015 and certified with the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology since 2016. Her first book, The Optimal Tech (Nova Science Publishers, 2022), is available for purchase here.