As an optometric technician, you will perform a variety of tasks, depending on the place of work. Primarily, your role is to assist with patient care and eye examination. You are also to take patient histories, assist patients in frame selection, and educate them on lens care and maintenance. As an optometric technician, you must explain the testing process to patients, prepare them, and administer tests on visual capabilities.
During the examination, you are expected to keep records and inventory and take notes. This will help for reference purposes and also with remembering the test results. Your patient will need help when their glasses are damaged; therefore, you must repair minor damaged or broken glasses. Your responsibility doesn't end with just repairing glasses and lenses but also includes involvement with constructing and creating lenses and glasses. You are allowed to perform maintenance on the examination equipment to enhance its efficiency.
To become a successful optometric technician, you must have strong communication skills, pay attention to details, understand glasses and lens repairing and maintenance, and have excellent interpersonal skills. The average salary of an optometric technician is $28,438 annually or $14 per hour. The education requirement for this job is a high school diploma certificate; however, a bachelor's degree can suffice for this role.