Contatologist - Salary and Career
Optics and Optometry Technicians

Contatologist - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform optometric exams, make lenses, adapt contact lenses, assemble glasses and apply ocular prostheses. They promote visual health education, sell optical and optometric products and services, manage establishments. They are technically responsible for optical laboratories, basic or full optical establishments and contact lens fitting centers. They can issue optical-optometric reports and opinions.

How much does an Contatologist earn

A Contatologist earns between $1.178 and $3.982 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.839 and a median salary of $1.544 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 1.417 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Contatologist

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.839 22.072 460 8
1º Quartile 1.178 14.132 294 5
Median Salary 1.544 18.528 386 7
3º Quartile 3.037 36.447 759 14
Higher Salary 3.982 47.790 996 18

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians of the science of human health
        • optics and optometry technicians

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Main workplaces

Optics and Optometry Technicians they perform their duties in optical laboratories, in basic and complete optical establishments, in contact lens fitting centers, and may also work in the sales field and in educational activities in the sphere of public health. They are hired as salaried workers, with a formal contract and also as an employer. They work individually and in teams, without supervision, indoors and also in vehicles, during the day.

What does it take to work in the field of Optics and Optometry Technicians

The exercise of these occupations requires a high school technical course, offered by professional training institutions. The full performance of professional activities takes place after a period of three to four years of experience.

Functions and activities of Contatologist

Optics and Optometry Technicians must:

  • assemble glasses and optical aids;
  • manage establishment;
  • assembling glasses and optical aids;
  • perform optometric examinations;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • machining lenses;
  • mount glasses and optical aids;
  • promote education in visual health;
  • making lenses;
  • sell optical and optometric products and services;
  • applying eye prostheses;
  • apply eye prostheses;
  • communicate;
  • perform optometric exams;
  • make lenses;
  • fit contact lenses;
  • adapt contact lenses;

  • Activities

    • elaborating optical templates;
    • select trial lens;
    • making safety glasses;
    • interpret work order;
    • choose organic and mineral materials;
    • control stock of goods and materials;
    • add lens treatments (hardening, anti-reflective, coloring, hydration and filters);
    • blocking organic and mineral materials;
    • issue reports and opinions;
    • perform optometric and optical expertise;
    • readapting prosthesis;
    • adjust glasses on customer's face;
    • cutting lenses;
    • make a tear assessment;
    • reveal aesthetic sense;
    • recommend aseptic products;
    • shaping the orbital cavity;
    • detect customer needs;
    • participate in the promotion of visual health campaigns;
    • mark optical center and lens assembly line;
    • advise public agencies in promoting visual health;
    • adjust eye prosthesis;
    • manage finance;
    • send work order to laboratory;
    • control quality of products and services;
    • organize workplace;
    • manage human resources;
    • refining lenses;
    • evaluate lens fit;
    • update yourself professionally;
    • set lens type;
    • perform control reviews of contact lens fitting;
    • calibrate optical and optometric equipment;
    • fit lens to frame;
    • determining prosthesis characteristics (pupil and iris diameter, size, color, etc. );
    • identify deficiencies and anomalies related to changes in visual function;
    • interpret prescription;
    • modeling lenses;
    • calculate lens parameters;
    • designing lenses (curves, thickness, prisms);
    • measure cornea (keratometry, topography);
    • advise the client on the use and maintenance of optical aids and ocular prostheses;
    • measure intraocular pressure (tonometry);
    • indicate lens types;
    • provide maintenance of the establishment;
    • orient customer family;
    • checking lenses;
    • making eye prosthesis;
    • measure visual acuity;
    • assist the customer in choosing frames and sunglasses;
    • repair optical aids;
    • finishing the lenses;
    • align glasses and other optical aids (tele systems, optical measurement equipment) ;
    • do anamnesis;
    • analyze external and internal structures of the eye;
    • keep customer records;
    • measure ocular refraction (refratometry and retinoscopy);
    • manage purchases and sales;
    • show fine motor skills;
    • assist the client in visual reeducation;
    • separate supplies and tools;
    • collect complementary measurements (naso-pupillary distance, height of optical center , vertex distance, etc.);
    • prepare work order;
    • demonstrate psychological understanding;
    • check assembly of spectacles and optical aids;
    • deliver lectures and courses;
    • photographing the client's face;
    • forward pathological cases to doctors;
    • put test lenses in the eye;
    • guide in the ergonomics of vision;
    • determine optical compensation and aids;
    • fusing organic and mineral materials;
    • retouch contact lenses;
    • form multiplier groups in visual health education;
    • analyze orbital cavity;
    • provide eye first aid;
    • request exams and opinions from other specialists;
    • machining organic and mineral materials;
    • match lens wear (over-refraction);
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe);

    Sectors that hire Contatologist the most in the job market

    • optical goods retail trade
    • manufacture of optical articles
    • retailer of jewelery articles
    • hospital care activities
    • maintenance of stations and telecommunications networks
    • optical laboratory service
    • wholesale of other equipment and articles for personal and domestic use
    • activities of healthcare professionals
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations
    • watchware retail trade

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