Optometric Assistant

Assisting optometrist by pretesting patients and other helps. Mostly works as office/administrative assistant. Optometric assistants are in charge of managing the flow of patients in the clinic, ensure checking of patient and setting up of the proper equipment for the Optometrist. They may also conduct pre-testing and contact lens training and assist patients in picking up the right eyewear for them. They maintain the reception and link the patients, Eyewear Consultants and the Optometrist.

Average Hourly


Range Hourly

$13.98 – $20.53

Average Yearly


Range Yearly

$27,251 – $40,024

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There are no standard education requirements. Certificate courses for Ophthalmic/Optometric assistant/Medical Office Assistant could be an asset.

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Average hourly

Range hourly

Average yearly

Range yearly


$13.98 - $20.53


$27,251 - $40,024


Employment outlook is mostly good across provinces. More information is available here.

With further education and experience one can go to related jobs such as Optician, Ophthalmic Assistant, etc.

Any Optometric assistant or ophthalmic assistant program is an asset.


Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting certificate at SAIT

Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant program (CCOA)

Optical Office Assistant (NorQuest College)

Customer service, the ability to study and interpret customer issues, the ability to focus on details, patience and perseverance, organizational, interpersonal and communications skills, multitasking.

They usually work on day shifts.

Generally, finding an opportunity through networking in an optometrist/ophthalmologist/optician’s office is a start.