Dispensing optician trainees generally work under a licensed optician who has significant experience in the field. An optometrist or ophthalmologist may also be present on site, so the optician trainee may be tasked with setting up appointments for eye exams. Usually, these trainees have already completed a plan of study as an optician and prior licensing may also be required.
This is an entry-level position which is usually carried out in an opthalmologist’s office or retail store which dispenses eyewear. These trainees must interpret eyewear prescriptions and fill them as required; however, prior to doing this, they also help clients choose suitable frames or contact lenses. It is important to know exactly what the company offers so the best fits can be found for clients. They may also inspect customers' eyewear and notify them if repairs, adjustments, or replacements are necessary.
This job may occasionally involve working with vendors and choosing which types of glasses and contact lenses should be offered in the shop. Keeping an eye on competition and new offerings in the field is important so that appealing products are always available for customers. Tidying up the work area to ensure it is welcoming to customers is also important. Dispensing optician trainees may also arrange displays, so it's beneficial to have strong aesthetic sense to make them appealing. After working for a few months or beyond one year, trainees may then become dispensing opticians.
Dispensing Optician Trainee Tasks
Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.
Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames.
Measure patient for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames and optical prescription.
Under direction of Optician or physician, design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.