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Ophthalmic Opticians

Ophthalmic opticians test patients’ vision, diagnose defects and disorders and prescribe glasses or contact lenses as required.


Median Salary

New workers start around £16,152. Normal pay is £35,755 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £80,127.

Daily Tasks

  • Carries out research with glass and lens manufacturers.
  • Refers patient to a specialist, where necessary.
  • Advises patient on proper use of glasses, contact lenses and other aids, and on appropriate lighting conditions for reading and working.
  • Prescribes, supplies and fits appropriate spectacle lenses, contact lenses and other aids.
  • Examines eyes and tests vision of patient, identifies problems, defects, injuries and ill health.

Skills employers are asking for

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Science