Occ. Code 6237200









New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard





These positions provide eye and vision care services to patients. Based on State licensing regulations and assignment, the positions measure facial features to ensure proper sizing of lenses and frames, advise patients on frame and spectacle lens selection, order frames and lenses, check lens prescriptions for accuracy upon return from the laboratory, dispense patient prescriptions after making all necessary adjustments and modifications, and advise patients on contact lens selection, application, and cleaning of contact lenses based on the eye care providers prescription.  


          The positions are classified only at the State University of New York College of Optometry.




OPTOMETRIC TECHNICIAN: assist an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist or Optician in providing eye and vision care services to patients.


OPTICIAN: independently provide eye and vision care services to patients under their scope of practice.  Opticians may work with Optometric Technicians to provide patients with lens, frame or contact lens selection, and their appropriate use and care.




          Optometrists and Ophthalmologists are primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system.  At the SUNY College of Optometry, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists are in the unclassified service.  In the classified service, the positions are non-competitive, part-time.






Assist in the minor repair of optometric instrumentation and equipment; gather initial intake testing and technical information from patients; record information from the doctor; perform specialty tests as requested by the doctor; inspect fabrication of spectacles after glasses have been prescribed by the doctor; assist licensed eye care providers in the selection of frames, lenses, or contact lenses for the patient which meet the doctors prescription; maintain and order supplies; maintain the organization of rooms and equipment; notify patients of status of their order; assist with eye care provider directed patient education; and may verify and/or obtain covered benefits and authorizations.




Evaluate eyeglass prescriptions to ascertain optimal design of lenses for patients needs; consult with patients to determine their specific visual demands and requirements; assist patients in selecting proper frames that match both the patients physical features and frame prescription characteristics; recommend to patients appropriate lens designs, materials and coatings; measure and record all patient data on specific eyeglass fittings; calculate all lens specifications made from measurements; dispense and adjust all finished eyeglasses for patient comfort and instructs the patient in proper usage, care and maintenance; inspect and verify finished spectacles to ensure they comply with strict ANSI tolerances; may advise patients on contact lens options in collaboration with the prescribing eye care provider, and provide instruction on the proper insertion, removal, and cleaning; and may assist in all aspects of fabrication of lenses (neutralizing lenses, marking and blocking for the edging process, actual edging of lenses, tinting and coating, final insertion, inspection and verification).






Open Competitive: High school diploma or equivalent and one year of experience working with a licensed eye care provider.




Open Competitive: Possession of an active license to practice as an optician in New York State.


Date:  3/15


NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.