How to become a Optical Mechanic

Optical mechanics make precision optical parts; grind, polish and surface prescription lenses and contact lenses; and fit lenses to spectacle frames.

Personal requirements of a Optical Mechanic

  • good eyesight (or correctable by glasses or contact lenses)
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • patient and able to carry out accurate work
  • aptitude for mathematics and physics.
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Duties & Tasks of a Optical Mechanic

Optical mechanics may perform the following tasks:

  • read and interpret prescriptions from eye specialists
  • locate and mark optical centres and axes on lens blanks and make calculations to grind lenses to specifications
  • grind and polish the surface of the lens by setting grinding and polishing machines
  • test polished lenses for accuracy
  • apply protective coatings and non-reflective material to lenses and apply heat and chemical treatment to glass lenses to harden them if required
  • shape and fit lenses to spectacle frames
  • repair damaged and broken spectacles
  • cut and polish contact lenses to prescription requirements.
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