Ophthalmic optic - Salary and Career
Optics and Optometry Technicians

Ophthalmic optic - 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 Ophthalmic optic earn

A Ophthalmic optic 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 Averwage.com 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 Ophthalmic optic

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 Ophthalmic optic

Optics and Optometry Technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Ophthalmic optic 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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