Precision Lens Polisher

Operate polishing machines to polish ophthalmic lenses or optical elements.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $43,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Precision Lens Polishers do?

Operates polishing machines to polish ophthalmic lenses or optical elements, such as lenses, prisms, and flats for use as contact or eyeglass lenses or in precision optical instruments: Mounts optical element on holding tool, using tape or cement. Selects lap I, according to size of optical element and applies pitch or other adhesive to polishing face of lap. Presses optical element into adhesive to form polishing surface. Mounts holding tool on polishing machine spindle and positions lap and element assembly over tool. Applies abrasive, or positions abrasive flow nozzle over element, and starts machine that polishes element. Observes polishing operation and periodically stops machine to rinse element with water and to test element for conformance to specifications, using test lens, monochromatic light, microscope, and power determining and optical centering instruments. May guide polishing lap manually over element. May mix adhesive according to formula. May be designated according to type of lens polished as Contact-Lens Polisher.


Should I be a Precision Lens Polisher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Precision Lens Technician, Prescription Eyeglass Maker

    How to become a Precision Lens Polisher

    Most Precision Lens Polishers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9hgaaa&chl=no+college+%2881%25%29|certificate+%2810%25%29|associate%27s+%289%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,81,81
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