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.

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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.


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