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Optical Laboratory Specialist (91H)

Medical and Emergency Army MOS Information
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Everyone needs proper eye care, and Army Soldiers aren’t any different. Fortunately, quality optical care is one of the health services provided to Army personnel all over the world. As an essential member of the optical laboratory technician team, Optical Laboratory Specialists make and repair eyeglasses that are provided for Army personnel.

The Optical Laboratory Specialist is primarily responsible for assembling eyeglasses that utilize pre-surfaced single-vision lenses. Some of your duties as an Optical Laboratory Specialist may include:

  • Surfacing prescription lenses
  • Assembling prescription eyeglasses
  • Repairing and making eyeglasses
  • Supervising optical laboratory personnel


Some specialties require successful completion of high school algebra for entry.


Job training for an Optical Laboratory Specialist consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 24 weeks of classroom instruction, including practice in making and repairing optical devices. Course content varies depending on specialty, but typically includes laboratory-operating procedures. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • An interest in biology, chemistry and industrial arts
  • An ability to use precision tools and instruments
  • An interest in work requiring attention to detail
  • An ability to follow detailed instructions and work procedures

Advanced Responsibilities:

Advanced level Optical Laboratory Specialists supervise and train other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Optical Laboratory Specialist, you may be involved in performing prescription-related administrative duties.

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