Optical contactor - Salary and Career
Optics and Optometry Technicians

Optical contactor - 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 Optical contactor earn

A Optical contactor 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 Optical contactor

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 Optical contactor

Optics and Optometry Technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire Optical contactor 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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