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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.

    Work Activities
    • Evaluate prescriptions in conjunction with clients' vocational and avocational visual requirements.
    • Verify that finished lenses are ground to specifications.
    • Recommend specific lenses, lens coatings, and frames to suit client needs.
    • Measure clients' bridge and eye size, temple length, vertex distance, pupillary distance, and optical centers of eyes, using measuring devices.
    • Sell goods such as contact lenses, spectacles, sunglasses, and other goods related to eyes in general.
    • Assist clients in selecting frames according to style and color, and ensure that frames are coordinated with facial and eye measurements and optical prescriptions.
    • Heat, shape, or bend plastic or metal frames to adjust eyeglasses to fit clients, using pliers and hands.
    • Show customers how to insert, remove, and care for their contact lenses.
    • Determine clients' current lens prescriptions, when necessary, using lensometers or lens analyzers and clients' eyeglasses.
    • Maintain records of customer prescriptions, work orders, and payments.
    • Fabricate lenses to meet prescription specifications.
    • Instruct clients in how to wear and care for eyeglasses.
    • Prepare work orders and instructions for grinding lenses and fabricating eyeglasses.
    • Assemble eyeglasses by cutting and edging lenses, and fitting the lenses into frames.
    • Order and purchase frames and lenses.
    • Obtain a customer's previous record, or verify a prescription with the examining optometrist or ophthalmologist.
    • Repair damaged frames.
    • Perform administrative duties such as tracking inventory and sales, submitting patient insurance information, and performing simple bookkeeping.
    • Grind lens edges, or apply coatings to lenses.
    • Supervise the training of student opticians.
    • Arrange and maintain displays of optical merchandise.
    Skills
    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $42,210/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $20.29/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 3,030
    • Yearly Projected Openings 260
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Screwdrivers
    • Opticians tools or accessories
    • Ophthalmic lensometers
    • Lens measuring equipment
    • Calipers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Accounting software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.