The Navy works to provide the best medical care they can for their Servicemembers. If you enjoy working with and helping people then working in the Optical Lab in the Navy may be the career choice for you. Navy Optical lab specialists are trained in a multitude of different procedures all dealing with helping provide quality eye care. Navy Soldiers require eyeglasses, eye exams, and contact lenses just as the general public do, and as a trained Optical Lab specialist you will help different Navy personnel in different ways with their eye care needs.
A Naval Optical Lab specialist is a professional that deals with personnel and their eye care situations. A Navy Optical Laboratory Specialist works as part of the Navy optical lab team, and is an essential member of the group that helps provide quality efficient service to Navy personnel around the world. The main duty of Optical Lab Specialists is to make and adjust eyeglasses, frames and lens for Navy Personnel. You will be responsible primarily for taking various parts such as frames, lens, hinges, and earpieces and making them into a usable pair of eyeglasses. You will take pre surfaced single vision style lenses and assemble these parts under direction into prescription eyewear. Some of your duties may include: The making and repairing Eyeglasses, professional surfacing and resurfacing prescription lenses, and the assembling parts into prescription eyewear. You will also be held responsible for supervising others in eyewear manufacture.
Training for the position of Navy Optical Specialist includes the 9 weeks of basic training, the same as any enlisted Navy Soldier. After Basic training you will attend individual advanced training for 22-24 weeks, where you will be taught optical theory and basic lab procedures. Following your technical school training you will be assigned to a larger command where you can be mentored by senior enlisted lab staff. After a period of continued mentoring and training, you will be assigned your own duty station. At a smaller Navy facility you may be the only technician who is responsible for working with a Navy optical doctor, or doctors. You will then work to help provide eyeglasses for the soldiers in your command. Working in the optical field is work for a person who is detail oriented, and who enjoys working with tools and doing fine, detailed work.
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If you are a person who can follow detailed instructions, and have the ability to do fine precision work under at times stressful conditions, then you may be well suited for this job field.