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:

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

  • Activities

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

    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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