Optician Job Description

A Dispensing Optician Is Trained To Dispense And Fit Spectacles And Other Optical Aids, Working From The Prescriptions Written By Optometrists And Ophthalmologists.

Dispensing Opticians Advise Patients On Various Types Of Lenses And Spectacle Frames, Including Advice On Style, Weight And Colour. They Also Advise Patients On How To Wear And Care For Their Spectacles And, With Further Training As Contact Lens Opticians (CLOs), Their Contact Lenses.

The Majority Of Dispensing Opticians Work In High Street Outlets For Large, Multiple-chain Optician Stores Or For Independent Practices. The Role Requires Extensive Use Of Technical Expertise And Good Customer Service Skills. Selling Is Also An Important Part Of The Job.

Optician Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • liaising with sales representatives from vision care product suppliers;
  • giving advice to patients on lens type, frames and styling;
  • arranging and maintaining shop displays;
  • with further training, fitting contact lenses and giving advice on their care and use;
  • taking frame and facial measurements to ensure correct fit and positioning;
  • interpreting optical prescriptions written by optometrists or ophthalmologists;
  • ordering lenses from prescription houses;
  • advising partially sighted patients on the use of low vision aids;
  • advising patients when adjustments or repairs to spectacles are needed;
  • selecting, managing and ordering a range of optical products;
  • checking lenses on delivery to ensure that they meet the required specifications;
  • supervising and training trainee dispensing opticians.

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