Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 27,500 people employed as ophthalmic laboratory technicians in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $34,400.
Entry level employees earn approximately $24,120 per year and senior employees earn approximately $51,630
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Repair broken parts, using precision hand tools and soldering irons.
- Immerse eyeglass frames in solutions to harden, soften, or dye frames.
- Lay out lenses and trace lens outlines on glass, using templates.
- Control equipment that coats lenses to alter their reflective qualities.
- Remove lenses from molds and separate lenses in containers for further processing or storage.
- Mount and secure lens blanks or optical lenses in holding tools or chucks of cutting, polishing, grinding, or coating machines.
- Inspect lens blanks to detect flaws, verify smoothness of surface, and ensure thickness of coating on lenses.
- Set up machines to polish, bevel, edge, or grind lenses, flats, blanks, or other precision optical elements.
- Inspect, weigh, and measure mounted or unmounted lenses after completion to verify alignment and conformance to specifications, using precision instruments.
- Shape lenses appropriately so that they can be inserted into frames.
- Clean finished lenses and eyeglasses, using cloths and solvents.
- Mount, secure, and align finished lenses in frames or optical assemblies, using precision hand tools.
- Examine prescriptions, work orders, or broken or used eyeglasses to determine specifications for lenses, contact lenses, or other optical elements.
- Adjust lenses and frames to correct alignment.
- Select lens blanks, molds, tools, and polishing or grinding wheels, according to production specifications.
- Position and adjust cutting tools to specified curvature, dimensions, and depth of cut.
- Assemble eyeglass frames and attach shields, nose pads, and temple pieces, using pliers, screwdrivers, and drills.
- Set dials and start machines to polish lenses or hold lenses against rotating wheels to polish them manually.