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Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.

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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 42.31% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 26.92% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Repair damaged frames.

    Recommend specific lenses, lens coatings, and frames to suit client needs.

    Instruct clients in how to wear and care for eyeglasses.

    Heat, shape, or bend plastic or metal frames to adjust eyeglasses to fit clients, using pliers and hands.

    Measure clients' bridge and eye size, temple length, vertex distance, pupillary distance, and optical centers of eyes, using measuring devices.

    Maintain records of customer prescriptions, work orders, and payments.

    Determine clients' current lens prescriptions, when necessary, using lensometers or lens analyzers and clients' eyeglasses.

    Sell goods such as contact lenses, spectacles, sunglasses, and other goods related to eyes in general.

    Evaluate prescriptions in conjunction with clients' vocational and avocational visual requirements.

    Assist clients in selecting frames according to style and color, and ensure that frames are coordinated with facial and eye measurements and optical prescriptions.

    Obtain a customer's previous record, or verify a prescription with the examining optometrist or ophthalmologist.

    Order and purchase frames and lenses.

    Prepare work orders and instructions for grinding lenses and fabricating eyeglasses.

    Verify that finished lenses are ground to specifications.

    Show customers how to insert, remove, and care for their contact lenses.

    Perform administrative duties such as tracking inventory and sales, submitting patient insurance information, and performing simple bookkeeping.

    Fabricate lenses to meet prescription specifications.

    Assemble eyeglasses by cutting and edging lenses, and fitting the lenses into frames.

    Grind lens edges, or apply coatings to lenses.

    Arrange and maintain displays of optical merchandise.

    Supervise the training of student opticians.


Straight screwdrivers

Snipe nose pliers

Snellen eye charts

Screw-holding tweezers


Pickup screwdrivers

Phillips head screwdrivers

All Tools

Personal computers

Optometric lensometers

Optical screwdrivers

Optical cutting pliers

Nose pad adjusting pliers

Millimeter rules

Lens files

Lens clocks

Lens analyzers

Lens aligning pliers

Laptop computers

Hollow snipe pliers

Hex wrenches

Half-round files

Frame warmers


Flat nose pliers

End piece pliers

Digital pupilometers

Digital calipers

Dial calipers

Desktop computers

Credit card processing machines

Contact lens tweezers

Contact lens thickness gauges

Cold-bend pliers

Chain nose pliers

Cash registers

Bushing pullers

Bracing pliers


Angling pliers


Intuit QuickBooks

Compulink Eyecare Advantage

Cygnet Infotech Optifocus

Diversified Ophthalmics Practice Maximus

EMRlogic Systems ENTERPRISE Visions

EZ-Zone Optizone Enterprise

First Insight MaximEyes

All Technologies

HealthLine Systems Eyecom

Insight Software My Vision Express

OfficeMate Software Solutions OfficeMate

Point of sale POS software

Specialist Data Solutions OctoPlus


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