Job Family: Health Care Practitioners Optometric Technicians
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force

Photo 1: Patient undergoes eye test. Photo 2:
Technician checks optical equipment.

Short Description
Optometry, or vision care, is one of the many health benefits available to military personnel. The military operates its own clinics to examine eyes and fit glasses or contact lenses. Optometric technicians assist optometrists in providing vision care. They work with patients and manage clinic offices.

What They Do
Optometric technicians in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Use and maintain ophthalmic instruments and equipment
  • Perform screening tests
  • Order eyeglasses and contact lenses from prescriptions
  • Fit eyeglasses to patients
  • Make minor repairs to glasses
  • Place eye drops and ointment into patients’ eyes
  • Keep records in optometry offices

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school subjects include algebra, geometry, biology, and related courses. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice in optometric procedures. Further training occurs on the job. Course content typically includes:
  • Preparing and fitting glasses and contact lenses
  • Vision testing
  • Maintenance of optometric instruments

Work Environment
Optometric technicians normally work in optometric clinics.

Civilian Counterparts
Civilian optometric technicians work in private optometry offices, clinics, and government health agencies. They perform duties similar to those performed by military optometric technicians. Optometric technicians are also called optometric assistants.

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