Eyeglass Makers

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Eyeglass Makers

Eyeglass Makers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, lens grinders and polishers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium to high level of contact with others. Lens grinders often consult with coworkers and supervisors and may interact with customers.
  • Communicate with others in person. They rarely write e-mails or talk on the telephone during their workday.
  • May work as part of a team.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other workers.
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  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • May on occasion be placed in conflict situations in which others may become rude or angry.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • May wear safety attire such as goggles and gloves.
  • Are often exposed to loud sounds and distracting noise levels, such as when operating grinders.
  • May work physically close to others, such as when sharing work areas.
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  • Are occasionally exposed to contaminants.
  • May share work space with other grinders and polishers.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. If they miss a step, they may have to start the process over from the beginning.
  • Must repeat the same physical activities. This is especially true in larger labs where they may work only on grinding lenses.
  • Must let the work pace be set by the speed of the machinery.
  • Set some, but not all, of their daily tasks and goals independently.
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  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere in which daily quotas and deadlines must be met.


  • May work part time or full time. Schedules are usually established.
  • May work weekends or evenings at eyeglass stores.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.