Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

Civilian:

Cut, grind, and polish eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other precision optical elements. Assemble and mount lenses into frames or process other optical elements. Includes precision lens polishers or grinders, centerer-edgers, and lens mounters.

Military:

The military provides dental and optical care as part of its comprehensive health service program. Dental and optical laboratory technicians make and repair dental devices and eyeglasses that are provided for military personnel.

Job Titles

  • Artificial Glass Eye Maker
  • Artificial Plastic Eye Maker
  • Bench Hand
  • Benchroom Shop Optician
  • Bevel Polisher

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Nationwide Salary Average*

Civilian:
$29,860
Military:
$46,640

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