Ophthalmic Opticians

Ophthalmic opticians test patients’ vision, diagnose defects and disorders and prescribe glasses or contact lenses as required.


New workers
£ 16,154
£ 35,758
£ 80,135

Available jobs

In the past year there were 16,595 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Carries out research with glass and lens manufacturers.

  • Refers patient to a specialist, where necessary.

  • Advises patient on proper use of glasses, contact lenses and other aids, and on appropriate lighting conditions for reading and working.

  • Prescribes, supplies and fits appropriate spectacle lenses, contact lenses and other aids.

  • Examines eyes and tests vision of patient, identifies problems, defects, injuries and ill health.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Contact Lenses

  • Ophthalmology

  • Aftersales

  • Machinery

  • Optometry

  • Performance Management

  • Sales Prospecting

  • Talent Management

  • Employee Engagement

  • Glaucoma

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Customer Service

  • Communications

  • Detail Oriented

  • Administrative Functions

  • Management

  • Teamwork

  • Training And Development

  • Rapport Building

  • Sales

  • Ethical Standards And Conduct

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.