Prosthetic optician - Salary and Career
Optics and Optometry Technicians

Prosthetic optician - 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 Prosthetic optician earn

A Prosthetic optician 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 Prosthetic optician

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 Prosthetic optician

Optics and Optometry Technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Prosthetic optician 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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