Holography and Optics Technician


Optical technicians, also known as ophthalmic lab technicians, work in laboratories to produce prescription lenses for eyeglasses and contact lenses. They also produce lenses for optical instruments, such as binoculars and telescopes.

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Optical technicians typically work in ophthalmic laboratories, where they produce lenses according to specifications listed on optical prescriptions. After receiving a prescription, the technician obtains lens blanks and makes the calculations on grinding lenses to the desired specifications. The optical technician uses a lens meter to inspect completed lenses and may then apply protective coating before shaping the lenses to fit eyeglass frames, cameras or telescopes. Optical technicians also repair damaged eyeglasses.

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