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Optometric ophthalmology technician


The optometrist identifies ocular alterations, detects and addresses visual problems, is able to measure visual acuity through refractive tests and prescribes the relevant corrective treatment with adapted corrective lenses, contact lenses or visual correction exercises.
Depending on available technology, he/she determines which corrective action to apply to each disorder to allow the improvement of the processes involved in eyesight.

He often works in an optician's shop and is also responsible for selling and providing specialist technical advice on products such as lenses, contact lenses, frames, sunglasses or eye care products.


  • Carry out an optometric examination on patients to obtain the history and diagnosis of their eye problems.
    Practise examination techniques using anamnesis.
    Determine the refractive status using retinoscopy, an autorefractometer and cycloplegia.
    Measure the degree of visual acuity and intraocular pressure and the internal eye structure.
    Assess pupil function and ocular motility.
    Carry out examinations based on biomicroscopy.
    Refer patients expressing pathologies or dysfunctions which cannot be treated with optometry to other ophthalmology professionals.
  • Carry out other specific diagnosticoptometry tests to improve diagnostic processes, such as: visual field testing, topography, specular microscopy, AFG, chromatic vision tests and ultrasounds.
  • Identify visual defects (accommodation, strabismus, binocular movement, etc.) of the ocular body.
    Identify and measure, both objectively and numerically, the degree and classification of visual malfunctions of the eye.
  • Define which corrective actions to undertake to improve the patient's visual capacity.
    Establish which clinical treatments may be suitable according to corrective measures for ocular lenses, contact lenses, optometric surgery and ocular exercises, beyond correction via orthopaedic means.
    Bevel eyeglass and contact lenses either manually or using automated processes.
    Adapt eyeglass and contact lenses.
    Provide guidance during the performance of visual rehabilitation exercises and assess the progress and advances of the user according to the treatment prescribed to correct visual malfunctions without orthopaedic means.
  • Manage both the business and technical aspects of the optician's profession.
    Carry out technical services provided in an optical centre (lensometry and advice on corrective measures).
  • Draw up cultural guidelines to promote visual health in the community, in partnership with other agencies and institutions intervening in the field of public health. Diagnose the state of visual health in educational and community centres.
  • When working in an optician's shop, provides personal and technical support.
    Receives, attends to the clientele and identifies their needs by asking pertinent questions in order to specify the most suitable products as accurately as possible.
    Develops the technical services that are provided in an optical centre (grading of eyesight and advice on corrective measures and products).

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