Optics is a scientific field that deals with studying light, understanding its behavior when encountering different materials, and understanding the human sense of sight. The optics professions apply the knowledge that humanity has accumulated to benefit its improvement and advancement through medicine and technology. There are medical optics professions such as optometrist, optician, and ophthalmologist. Some professions deal with the conversion of theoretical knowledge in the field of optics to the development of advanced technologies and the creation of sophisticated optical equipment for medical, military, industrial, and other purposes.
Occupational integration in the field of optics usually requires prior knowledge at various levels (from basic technical information to advanced academic degrees) and a developed technical sense. People who want to integrate into therapeutic or marketing optics professions must excel in human relations, be patient, service-minded, human-loving, and pleasant-mannered.
The job of an optometrist is to perform eye examinations to diagnose visual impairments in children and adults and to prescribe prescription vision accessories such as glasses and lenses. In addition, they diagnose visual impairments such as strabismus, lazy eye, farsightedness, myopia, and more. Optometrists are usually needed in eye clinics, optician's shops, health funds, private clinics, pharma chains, and more. Many optometrists even accept patients independently in their private clinics.
A person who wants to pursue a profession must complete optometry studies at a recognized educational institution, pass a government licensing exam and obtain a license to practice optometry from the Ministry of Health. In addition to professional knowledge and license, many employers also require excellent human relations, service awareness, and previous employment experience in the field.
The job of an optician is to adjust and provide glasses to patients in accordance with the optometrist's prescription. An optician is not qualified to diagnose eye diseases and vision problems but implements prescriptions from specialists who are engaged in diagnosis. Therefore, it can be said that the optician's work is technical and deals with sales and marketing to some extent. It is his responsibility to polish lenses and adjust them to the frame of the glasses, assist the customer in choosing the frame that compliments them and suits their personal style, provide a solution and service to the store's customers, sells and market frames and repair glasses in case of breakage.
A person who wants to work as an optician should complete professional studies and receive training as a type 1. Optician. It is important to note that those who want to engage in the field privately are also required to undergo the training of a Type 2 optician. Opticians are usually needed for glasses sales and matching positions in pharma chains and eyewear stores, and there are those who advance in them to managerial positions.
Optical engineering is a field that deals with the application of the principles of optical science for the design and manufacture of advanced technological systems. Optical engineers are mainly engaged in the design, development, and support of the production of various optical systems and components. They are mostly in laboratories, high-tech companies, and industrial plants. This is usually not "pure" optics but multidisciplinary work in areas such as electro-optics, electricity, laser, physics, and more.
To integrate into the field of optical engineering professionally, one must first complete appropriate degree studies such as a bachelor's or master's degree in optical engineering, physics, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, etc. In addition, many employers are looking for candidates who are fluent in English and experienced in working with relevant computer tools and applications such as Excel, CAD, and more.
An optician is a sales representative who works in an eyewear store or at points of sale in shopping malls and malls. Most of his main job is consulting and selling sunglasses, eyeglasses, and eyeglasses to the store customers, given their personal styles and needs. However, its areas of responsibility may vary depending on the requirements of the employer and the size of the store. This means that in smaller eyewear stores, an optician who sells will sometimes also be responsible for managing inventory, collecting payment, and operating the cash register, cleaning the store, and more.
Therefore, when looking for a job in optics sales, it is essential to pay attention to the job requirements listed in the job ad or ask the employer. Other standard requirements are background in optics, previous sales experience, excellent interpersonal skills, service consciousness, and ability to persuade and sell.
An optical device deals with the assembly of optical devices, their maintenance, and calibration. He will usually work in factories, the defense industry, and high-tech (and even in the military, there is such a role!). To perform his job, an optical technician must have knowledge and understanding of optics, mechanics, and electronics, as well as be experienced in performing delicate and precise assemblies.
Most employers are looking for employees with a well-developed technical sense, background in the relevant fields, previous experience in optics, computer skills for using relevant computer applications, and mastery of English-technical language at a basic level at the very least. In addition, because many optical devices work in "clean rooms" and darkrooms, some employers even require prior work experience in these unique work environments, as their work procedures and rules of conduct are unique and very important to adhere to so as not to damage equipment and produce.
Optics Factory Employee
An optics factory employee usually works on the production floor of the factory and participates in one or more of the production stages of optical components and devices. This is usually not a simple job involving prolonged standing, lifting heavy loads, and working in an environment of chemicals and large and noisy industrial machines. It should also be considered that there are factories that work around the clock and are therefore looking for workers who are also willing to work night shifts, weekends, and holidays. Although the work is challenging, it also has quite a few benefits. There are factories that offer their employees good conditions such as organized transportation from the house key, subsidized meals, financial bonuses, and more.
What are optics factory workers needed for? Usually, employers will prefer employees with a technical understanding, background in optics and overlapping fields, previous experience in operating various machines and devices, computer skills, command of the English language, etc.
An ophthalmologist is a person who has completed long medical studies specializing in ophthalmology, completed an internship period, and received a license to practice the profession from the Ministry of Health. Ophthalmologists are qualified to diagnose eye diseases and vision problems and treat them by performing various surgical procedures. Despite the prevailing assumption, ophthalmologists are not concerned with fitting glasses and lenses. Instead, to adjust multiple vision aids, he refers the patients to an optometrist.
Ophthalmologists are usually needed in health funds, eye clinics, private specialist clinics, and hospitals. Some also receive patients independently in their private clinics.