What does a Dispensing Optician do?
Opticians follow prescriptions given by an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist and assist customers decide on the contact lenses or eyeglass frames to purchase and help fit them to the person. They educate customers about their eyewear, such as care and cleaning or styles that suits their needs like for sports or certain occupations or for children.
Opticians work in a variety of places such as physician's offices, stores, or larger retail establishments typically on a full time basis.
How to become a Dispensing Optician
Opticians may hold an associate's degree or a certificate from a community college or technical school which awards a 2-year associate's degree or a 1-year certificate, however it is possible to enter this occupation with a high school diploma or equivalent and receive on-the-job training.
Half of the states require opticians to be licensed. Some opticians complete a 2-year apprenticeship. Education programs usually include classroom instruction and clinical experience. Coursework in these programs include math, business management, optics, and eye physiology. Students also acquire skills under supervised clinical work to learn optical physics, optical math, and precision measuring instruments for hands-on experience. Programs may also include distance-learning options.
Job Description of a Dispensing Optician
The duties of an optician include taking the prescription from the Ophthalmologist or Optometrist and measuring customer's eyes and faces, such as the distance between their pupils. They would assist a customer choose eyeglass frames and lens treatments such as tints or anti-reflective coatings, sports, or occupational use.
He or she prepare work orders for ophthalmic laboratory technicians. They adjust the eyewear to the customer and replace or repair broken eyeglass frames. An optician educates the customer on eyewear, for instance, proper cleaning or contact care. They also have business tasks such as ordering and maintaining inventory, maintaining sales records, and keeping track of customer's prescriptions. Some opticians working in smaller shops may sometimes cut lenses and insert them into frames.