Ophthalmic optician

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


  • 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.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 21% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for ophthalmic optician is £46,898

367 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 367. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for ophthalmic optician roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £46,898 per year. That is about £3,908 per month or £24.05 per hour. New workers generally start on £16,616, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £82,428

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 367 people are employed in the region.

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