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Optician, Mercy Pavilion

  • Job ID: 918945890
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: University of Pittsburgh Physicians
  • Department: 65481 POP14 EYE Mercy Optical
  • Location: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $19.34 to $32.16 / hour


UPMC Eye Center Mercy is hiring a full-time Optician. 

The Ophthalmology Department continues to grow and expand daily. 

Be one of the first to work in the new UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower, a 9-story, 410,000-square-foot specialty center.

We offer over 11 sub-specialties in eye care and are on the cutting edge in research studies and trials.


Responsible for fitting eyeglasses frames and selecting lenses for the spectacles that are appropriate for the patient's cosmetic, vocational and lifestyle needs. Finishing/ edging lenses to fit patient frames.


  • Knowledge of the different brands of lenses and lens materials currently available as well as willingness to keep current with new lens technologies is needed.
  • Understanding insurance as it relates to vision and eyewear.
  • Measure customer's eyes, including pupillary and vertex distance as well as making all required measurements for bifocals, trifocals or progressive addition lenses.
  • Frame adjustments using a variety of specialized instruments.
  • After glasses are made, the optician must verify that the lenses have been ground to specifications.
  • Use a lensometer to verify prescriptions and edge lenses.
  • Instruct patients in adapting to, wearing of, and caring for eyewear.
  • Process necessary paperwork for vision specific carriers as well as accepting payments for materials as needed.
  • Maintain patient optical records. Answer phone inquiries.
  • Prepare work orders for the ophthalmic lab so that the lenses can be processed including work orders include information on lens prescriptions, lens sizes and types, material, frame information, papillary distance and vertex distance.
  • Follow rules and regulations regarding dispensing laws and office policies and procedures.
  • Edge and finish lenses according to specifications provided by the prescribing doctor.
  • Recommend eyeglass frames, lenses, lens coatings, and ancillary products after considering the prescription and customer's needs and facial features.



  • High school graduate and minimum 3 years experience working as an optician required.
  • Optician license preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more. 

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