Optometric technicians assist optometrists in eye examinations and corrective procedures. They administer tests that ensure the accurate diagnosis and treatment of the eye. These tests include visual acuity, color vision, depth perception, pupil reflex, visual field testing and eye pressure. Optometric technicians may also be responsible for office tasks and educating patients on the proper care of eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Optometric technicians work in optometric offices, optical stores and health clinics under the supervision of an optometrist. They usually work 40 hours a week, but those in retail stores may work longer hours, evenings or weekends depending on when the store is open.
Optometric technicians can earn a diploma or certificate from a one-year program or an associate’s degree in two years.
Des Moines Area Community College is one of the few schools in the country, and the only school in Iowa, that offers formal training as an optometric technician.
Licensure and Certification
Technicians can become certified through Commission on Paraoptometric Certification by graduating from an accredited training program and passing an exam.
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
Optometric technicians can expect a great amount of job growth. The average growth for the state is 29%, but the outlook is even better in northeast Iowa and around Des Moines.