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Field of Study: Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology

Introduction

Ophthalmic laboratory technology programs teach people to make prescription eyeglass or contact lenses under the supervision of ophthalmologists and optometrists.

 

Overview

Ophthalmic laboratory technology programs include topics such as:

  • Optical theory
  • Lens surfacing and finishing
  • Tinting and coating
  • Frame construction and repair
  • Prescription interpretation
  • Recordkeeping
  • Safety procedures

Schools
Several community colleges and 2-year schools offer associate degree programs in ophthalmic laboratory technology. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.