Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians, sometimes
referred to as optical mechanics, create eyeglass lenses according to
prescriptions and fit them into frames. Some may manufacture lenses for
optical instruments such as telescopes or microscopes.
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians usually work in laboratories or in a
retail store that manufactures lenses. They are trained to operate
machinery that grinds and polishes eyeglass lenses and to select
appropriate lenses according to a prescription. They do not have a lot
of contact with the general public and can work part or full-time. Most
work eight-hour days which sometimes can include evenings and weekends
depending upon the employer.