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Optician Job Description

An optician is a technician who is trained to design, verify, fit, and dispense contact lenses and glasses for the correction of eyesight. Opticians use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists and optometrists, but do not examine the eye or prescribe corrective lenses, as they are not permitted to do so.

An optician should be practical, careful, tactful and friendly, and have the ability to inspire confidence in people. They should have good knowledge of eyeglass frames, lenses and lens coatings to make sound recommendations to customers. When advising a customer on selecting an eye ware, they should consider the customer’s profession, lifestyle and facial features.

What does an Optician do?

Opticians may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Opticians work in medical offices, retail stores and optical workshops. They usually work normal office hours, but those who work in retail stores and optical workshops may also work evenings and weekends.

What is Required to Become an Optician?

There are no standard educational requirements to become an optician, but many optical employers will prefer to hire candidates with at least a secondary school education. Opticians receive training on the job or through apprenticeship programs. Opticians may require licensing to practice in some parts of the world.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Opticians need to have:


Alternative Careers

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