Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians
On the Job
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians cut, grind, or polish optical products, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses. They also put lenses into frames.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
- Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
- Construct customized assistive medical or dental devices.
- Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
- Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions.
- Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
- Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
- Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
- Remove workpieces from molds.
- Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
Typical Working Conditions
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working with a group or team.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
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