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Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians


Ophthalmic laboratory technicians make prescription eyeglass lenses. Also known as manufacturing opticians, optical goods workers, or optical mechanics, they cut, grind, edge, and finish lenses according to instructions provided by dispensing opticians, optometrists, or ophthalmologists. Though some lenses still are produced by hand, technicians increasingly use computerized technology to manufacture lenses. There are approximately 27,990 ophthalmic laboratory technicians working in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $50,000

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training




Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



Career Ladder
Owner, Ophthalmic Laboratory or Opticianry Shop

Dispensing Optician

Manager of Ophthalmic Technicians

Ophthalmic Technician

Ophthalmic Assistant

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