Vision Services

 Ophthalmic Medical Technologist

Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions and ophthalmic photography. Provide instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel. Assist with minor surgical procedures, applying aseptic techniques and preparing instruments. May perform eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct patients in care and use of corrective lenses.

Optician, Dispensing

Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.

Typical Tasks:

  • Verify that finished lenses are ground to specifications.
  • Prepare work orders and instructions for grinding lenses and fabricating eyeglasses.
  • Measure clients’ bridge and eye size, temple length, vertex distance, pupillary distance, and optical centers of eyes, using measuring devices.
  • Heat, shape, or bend plastic or metal frames to adjust eyeglasses to fit clients, using pliers and hands.
  • Assist clients in selecting frames according to style and color, and ensure that frames are coordinated with facial and eye measurements and optical prescriptions.
  • Evaluate prescriptions in conjunction with clients’ vocational and avocational visual requirements.
  • Fabricate lenses to meet prescription specifications.
  • Maintain records of customer prescriptions, work orders, and payments.
  • Recommend specific lenses, lens coatings, and frames to suit client needs.
  • Instruct clients in how to wear and care for eyeglasses.
Description 2016 Jobs 2020 Jobs
(Projected)
Low Pay
(Hourly)
Medium Pay
(Hourly)
High Pay
(Hourly)
Eye Care Technology – Ophthalmic Medical Technologist 1,161 1,637 $16.35 $25.00 $39.90
Eye Care Technology – Optician, Dispensing 1,427 1,827 $10.10 $13.94 $19.23
 Education Level:
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technologist – Associate Degree or Certificate
  • Optician, Dispensing – Associate Degree
Source: Career Coach – Houston – Woodlands – Sugarland, TX Region

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