Optometric Technician

Optometric technicians work under the supervision of an optometrist or ophthalmologist. They perform a variety of duties including: patient pretesting such as visual acuity, color vision, depth perception, pupil reflexes, visual field testing, pressure inside the eye and blood pressure; frame and lens selection, eyeglass adjustment; contact lens patient education; and front office management.

Specializations

Dispensing optician – specializes in the fitting and dispensing of eyewear. Contact lens technician – specializes in the fitting, ordering and delivery of contact lenses.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Optometric technicians work in optical stores, clinics, and private offices. They assist the eye doctor in the care of patients. They gather patient information, perform pretesting procedures, prepare exam rooms, maintain patient records, frame and lens selection, eyeglass adjustment, and contact lens patient education, order and verification. Optometric technicians may also answer telephones, arrange for patients’ surgical eye procedures, schedule appointments, and perform other front office management tasks. They may work full or part-time. Some optometric technicians may work evenings and weekends.

 

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