Optician optometrist - Salary and Career
Optics and Optometry Technicians

Optician optometrist - 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 Optician optometrist earn

A Optician optometrist 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 Optician optometrist

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 Optician optometrist

Optics and Optometry Technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire Optician optometrist 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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