Optical assistants are the first point of contact for customers. They welcome customers into the store, carry out pre-screening tests and help customers select the correct frames and lenses for their prescription.
You could be:
greeting customers at the door as they enter the shop
helping customers select the correct frame for their lenses
measuring the frames and ensure they fit perfectly
ordering prescription glasses and contact lenses in for the customer
making follow up appointments for customers
making adjustments to the frames when the customer collects their glasses
carrying out pre-screening tests such as retinal imaging and pressure and visual field testing
explaining offers and products to customers
taking payments from customers.
Pay rates vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting salaries for optical assistants are usually in the region of £15,500 a year. With experience this can rise to around between £18,000 and £22,000 a year.
You would work in a shop.
You may spend a lot of the day on your feet.
You would usually work 5 days out of 7 including some late evenings and weekends.