Paraoptometrics, sometimes called optometric technicians and optometric assistants, assist doctors of optometry in providing eye and vision care services. Paraoptometrics work under the direction and supervision of a doctor of optometry. They are generally employed by optometrists in private practice and sometimes clinics. Optometric technicians and assistants:
• obtain and record patient case histories.
• maintain records, schedules and announcements.
• prepare patients for eye and vision examinations and assist with various
• provide ancillary testing to assist the optometrist’s examination of patients.
• instruct patients in the care and use of eyeglasses and contact lenses.
• assist patients with selection of eyeglass frames and lenses.
• make, adjust or repair eyeglasses.
• maintain an inventory of materials.
• assist with patients in vision therapy.
• assist with patient education in areas of eye health and ophthalmic materials.
• process third-party insurance forms with patient medical and vision insurance plans.
$20,000 – $35,000 (technicians)
$18,000 – $25,000 (assistants)
Students interested in working as paraoptometric should prepare by taking science, math and English courses in high school. While some paraoptometrics first obtain an associate’s degree, many may be trained on the job following high school graduation. A comprehensive and voluntary certification program is available through the American
Optometric Association which may be completed while on the job.
American Optometric Association
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141