The licensed dispensing optician fits contact lens and eyeglasses for patients. Their primary responsibility is dispensing eyeglasses and contact lenses, accurately following prescriptions written by ophthalmologists and optometrists. The licensed dispensing optician works with patients to select eyeglass frames or contact lenses, and then prepares the work order for the ophthalmic laboratory technician, ensuring information on the size, material, color, and style of glasses is correct. After glasses are received from lab, the licensed dispensing optician works with patient to make adjustments by reshaping or bending frame using hands or pliers, as well as educates patients about proper care and wearing.
The typical work environment for a licensed dispensing optician is an optometrist's office or storefront. Many licensed dispensing opticians spend the majority of their day standing while helping patients. Hours can vary depending on the work setting and may include weekends and evenings.
Experience as a licensed dispensing optician is generally required or preferred for these positions, with preference given to those who have completed an apprenticeship or vocational education program. Applicants should have good manual dexterity, experience working with the public, and excellent communication skills. Prior experience working in sales or customer service in a fast-paced setting is highly desirable.
Licensed Dispensing Optician Tasks
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.
Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.