Profession optical technician

Optical technicians assemble, repair and design various parts of eyewear such as lenses, frames, patterns and eyewear. They cut, inspect, mount and polish all parts using various machinery and hand tools. Optical technicians shape, grind and coat lenses for prescription eyewear. They fit completed lenses into eyeglass frames. Optical technicians ensure that lenses conform to the dispensing optician’s, specialised doctor in ophtalmology's or optometrist's prescriptions. They may also work with other associated optical instrumentation and its maintenance.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Types of optical instruments

    Possess information on the types of optical instruments and lenses, such as microscopes and telescopes, as well as on their mechanics, components, and characteristics.

  • Manufacturer's recommended price

    The estimated price the manufacturer suggests the retailer to apply to a product or service and the pricing method through which it is calculated.

  • Optical glass characteristics

    The characteristics of optical glass such as refractive index, dispersion, and chemical properties.

  • Production processes

    Know the materials, production processes and other techniques required for the production and distribution of goods.

  • Characteristics of services

    The characteristics of a service that might include having acquired information about its application, function, features, use and support requirements.

  • Characteristics of products

    The tangible characteristics of a product such as its materials, properties and functions, as well as its different applications, features, use and support requirements.

  • Product comprehension

    The offered products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

Skills

  • Sell optical products

    Sell glasses and sunglasses, contact lenses, spectacles, binoculars, cleaning kits and other eye-related products, according to customer's needs in terms of optical requirements such as bi-focals, varifocals and reactolite.

  • Cut lenses for eyeglasses

    Shape and cut lenses to fit into frames for eyeglasses, according to prescriptions or specifications.

  • Clean glass surfaces

    Use cleaning products to clean any surface covered by glass, especially windows.

  • Perform maintenance on eyewear

    Conduct repair activities on eyewear, such as calibration, alignment and adjustments or replacement of frames, lenses and other parts.

  • Smooth glass edges

    Use automated abrasive belts to smooth or shape glass edges.

  • Perform frames' repairs

    Repair/replace damaged frames or glasses for customers.

  • Maintain relationship with suppliers

    Build a lasting and meaningful relationship with suppliers and service providers in order to establish a positive, profitable and enduring collaboration, co-operation and contract negotiation.

  • Handle contact lenses

    Demonstrate how to insert, remove and care for contact lenses; ensure that contact lenses will fit correctly and feel comfortable.

  • Prepare work orders for the optical laboratory

    Prepare and oversee work scheme and day-to-day activities for the optical laboratory.

  • Operate optical measuring equipment

    Operate optical measuring equipment to take client's measurements; determine bridge and eye size, papillary distance, vertex distance, optical eye centres, etc., in order to manufacture customised eyeglasses or contact lenses.

  • Smooth glass surface

    Smooth glass or lens surfaces of optical instruments with grinding and polishing tools, such as diamond tools.

  • Operate optical equipment

    Use specific optical machinery in order to cut, polish, adjust and refine optics.

  • Perform technical tasks with great care

    Avoiding possible risks and unwanted outcomes by watching carefully over all parts of a machine, device or vehicle and executing processes of production, maintenance or repair with great care.

  • Apply a protective layer

    Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.

  • Comply with optical prescriptions

    Interpret and coordinate frames and eye measurements in accordance with the customer's optical prescriptions.

  • Order optical supplies

    Order optical equipment and materials, paying attention to the price, quality, and suitability of the supplies.

  • Manipulate glass

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of glass.

  • Maintain records of clients' prescriptions

    Keep records of customers' prescriptions, payments and work orders sent to the laboratory.

  • Operate precision measuring equipment

    Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.

Optional knowledge and skills

comply with legislation related to health care supply chain principles dispense corrective lenses characteristics of faces optical instruments eye protection regulations use cad software e-procurement verify lenses compliance optics manufacturing processes