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Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

Cut, grind, and polish eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other precision optical elements. Assemble and mount lenses into frames or process other optical elements. Includes precision lens polishers or grinders, centerer-edgers, and lens mounters.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Immerse eyeglass frames in solutions to harden, soften, or dye frames.
    • Set dials and start machines to polish lenses or hold lenses against rotating wheels to polish them manually.
    • Lay out lenses and trace lens outlines on glass, using templates.
    • Control equipment that coats lenses to alter their reflective qualities.
    • Repair broken parts, using precision hand tools and soldering irons.
    • Remove lenses from molds and separate lenses in containers for further processing or storage.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

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

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mathematics

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

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 37950/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.24/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,270
    • Yearly Projected Openings 170

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Concern for Others
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Surgical lasers or accessories
    • Screwdrivers
    • Opticians tools or accessories
    • Cutting disc
    • Corneal topographers

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Presentation software
    • Medical software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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