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Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology Schools and Colleges

Eye care clinics hire ophthalmic laboratory technicians with high school or general equivalency degrees, but they typically hire applicants with post-secondary degrees. Many organizations train newly hired technicians, but training differs by organization. During formal training, ophthalmic lab technicians are trained to utilize automated equipment to craft and alter lenses. Ophthalmic laboratory technicians also learn how to follow precise instructions from opticians, optometrists, and ophthalmologists.

Formal ophthalmic lab technician training is offered at many community and vocational colleges. Students complete general education requirements and complete courses in creating lenses, evaluating prescriptions, and eye anatomy. Many programs include apprenticeships, so students have the opportunity to acquire real-world experience. Technicians who earn professional certificates often transfer earned credits towards associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in ophthalmic science and related disciplines. Ophthalmic lab technicians are not required to be certified but being so increases job and promotion opportunities.

Ophthalmic laboratory technology schools and colleges offering accredited degree programs and courses in ophthalmic laboratory technology.
  • City Colleges of Chicago: Olive-Harvey College
    10001 South Woodlawn Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60628
    (773) 291-6100

  • Ivy Tech Community College: Columbus
    4475 Central Avenue
    Columbus, IN 47203
    (812) 372-9925

  • Portland Community College
    PO Box 19000
    Portland, OR 97280
    (503) 244-6111

  • Triton College
    2000 North Fifth Avenue
    River Grove, IL 60171
    (708) 456-0300

  • Volunteer State Community College
    1480 Nashville Pike
    Gallatin, TN 37066
    (615) 452-8600

  • Pima Medical Institute
    1701 West 72nd Avenue, Suite 130
    Denver, CO 80221
    Phone: 303-426-1800

  • College of Southern Nevada
    3200 East Cheyenne Avenue
    North Las Vegas, NV 89030
    Phone: 702-651-4060

  • Triton College
    2000 Fifth Avenue
    River Grove, IL 60171

  • Miami Dade College
    1780 W 49th Street
    Hialeah, FL 33012
    (305) 237-8700

  • Old Dominion University
    108 Rollins Hall, 5215 Hampton Blvd.
    Norfolk, VA 23529
    Phone: 757-683-3648

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