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Ophthalmic opticians

£16,640 Average salary at age 20
£36,920 Average Salary
26 Average hours per week


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

Main Tasks

  • Examines eyes and tests vision of patient, identifies problems, defects, injuries and ill health;
  • Prescribes, supplies and fits appropriate spectacle lenses, contact lenses and other aids;
  • Advises patient on proper use of glasses, contact lenses and other aids, and on appropriate lighting conditions for reading and working;
  • Refers patient to a specialist, where necessary;
  • Carries out research with glass and lens manufacturers.


Entrants require a degree in Optometry, must have passed the Professional Qualifying Examination of the General Optical Council, and have completed a pre-registration year. Advanced training in specialised areas is available.

What Ophthalmic opticians studied in higher education

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What Ophthalmic opticians studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(B5) Ophthalmics98
(X1) Training teachers1

UK Prospects

24700 Workforce Size
8.68% Predicted growth 2021 - 2027
5247 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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