Perform the duties to deblock and clean precision ophthalmic elements.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Deblockers do?

Performs one or more of following duties to deblock and clean precision ophthalmic or optical elements, such as lenses, flats, prisms: Chills blocked element to crystallize pitch or other block adhesive and strikes block with mallet to separate element from block, or heats block to soften adhesive and removes element with fingers. Places lenses and elements in basket and immerses basket in degreasing tank or automatic cleaning machine. Places elements in tray of solvent. Cleans finished surfaces of element with pad and brush and rubs unfinished surfaces on board dusted with abrasive to remove foreign substances. Inspects lens to ensure cleanliness and freedom from defects. Sprays or brushes protective coating on element, allows coating to dry, and places in element tray or wraps in tissue. Replenishes solvents in trays and tanks. Drains molten metal block adhesive from machine or tank for reuse. May clean pitch from surface of block, using hammer, knife, and wire wheel.

Should I be a Deblocker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Deblocker

    Deblockers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Deblocker-related education!
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