Eye Care Technology student performing an exam

Eye Care Technology

Certificate Technical Degree

With a 100% job placement rate for graduates of our eye care technology program, the career outlook for new students is solid. If you’re eyeing a career in opticianry, optometry, or ophthalmology, get the real-world, clinical eye tech training you need at San Jac.

Program at a Glance

Career Opportunities

With a degree and/or certificate in eye care technology, you can find a career as a:
  • Clinical Research, Ophthalmic, or Field Service Technician
  • Ophthalmic, Optometric, or Surgical Assistant
  • Optician
  • Retinal Photographer
  • Contact Lens Technician

Earning Potential

Certified Ophthalmic Technicians: $51,733
Certified Ophthalmic Assistants: $42,500

For more salary information, check out Texas Wages.

Skills Learned

Through San Jacinto's nationally recognized program, students learn a variety of skills including, but not limited to:

  • Performing diagnostic tests
  • Recording functional ocular measurements and tests
  • Administering topical ophthalmic and oral medications
  • Fitting of contact lenses


Eye Care Technology, AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you to sit for an advanced certification from the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. The only certified ophthalmic program in Texas, our eye tech training program will teach you all the skills you need to launch a career in eye care—from performing diagnostic tests to fitting contacts to assisting in ophthalmic surgery.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in five terms, including a summer term.

Eye Care Technology, Certificate of Technology

Play a vital role in delivering high-quality eye care services to patients with this Paraoptometric Certificate. Learn how to conduct patient-centered duties, such as pretesting and visual acuity tests. Specifically designed to give students hands-on training in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in clinical settings, this certificate program can help students launch their careers or give their existing skills a boost.
Length 1 Year
If you're studying part-time, you can complete the 29 credits for this certificate in three terms, including a summer term.

Eye Care, Optician Preparatory, Occupational Certificate

Opticians help patients harness the power of sight. This certificate will give you the skills needed to work alongside opticians and assist with eyeglass fittings, repairs, and adjustments. This certificate equips you to interpret prescriptions, measure and fit frames, and educate patients on proper eyewear maintenance.
Length 1 Year
If you're studying part-time, you can complete the 16 credits for this certificate in three terms, including one summer term.


The content below shows a flowchart of the career tracks.

After San Jacinto College

You’ll be prepared for a rewarding career in opticianry, optometry, and ophthalmology. You'll be equipped to help clients find the perfect pair of glasses, perform diagnostic tests in all kinds of clinical settings, and more. For San Jac eye care grads, the future looks good.

Program Objectives

The graduate of San Jacinto College's eye care tech program will participate in the eye care team as a competent allied ophthalmic personal (AOP).

  1. The graduate uses critical thinking and evidence-based practices to deliver the care under the guidance of the physician in which they work.
  2. The graduate facilitates the acquisitioning of clinical data from the patient pertinent to the correct caare of the patient.
  3. The graduate can demonstrate open and accurate communication to become the liasion between patient and physician.
  4. The graduate works within the legal and ethical guidelines of the scope of the AOP duties.
  5. The graduate pursues certification upon graduation.
  6. The graduate maintains continued professional growth and awareness of current industry demands.
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A Clearer Vision in Houston

In the Spring of 2022, eye care technology student Christine Pettys joined dozens others from San Jac in the College’s See to Succeed initiative. Their goal was to help thousands of Houston’s youth get the exams, glasses, and lenses they need to see more effectively. The results were life-changing for all.
Christine Pettys
I realized this was not just helping the kids see but giving them a whole new level of confidence, pride, and excitement to go out into the world and be who they were capable of being.”
Christine Pettys
Eye Care Technology student
Through the course of their spring service-learning project, Pettys and other students fitted 1,228 children with new glasses and provided 333 medical referrals.

Have Questions?

Reach out to learn more about eye care technology programs at San Jacinto College.
Debra Clarke
Program Dir, Eye Care Tech
(281) 478-3606