What is an Optician?

An optician gives people the gift of better vision. They are eye experts who specialize in improving people's vision, and are qualified to design and fit lenses of all types.

These lenses could be spectacle lenses (glasses), contact lenses, products called low-vision aids (magnified lenses or larger font), or even opthalmic prosthetics (artificial eyes, also known as an ocular prosthesis) for people with partial sight.

What does an Optician do?

Opticians make, sell, repair, and adjust eyeglasses. There are other eye practitioners, such as optometrists or ophthalmologists that can sometimes be confused with opticians. While optometry and ophthalmology are both disciplines that deal with the health and disease of the eye, opticians generally only deal with fitting and dispensing lenses.

An optician helping a customer pick out some glasses.

Opticians are lens experts. People come to them after having received a prescription for corrective lenses from an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Opticians then take that prescription, consult with the patient, and come up with the best lense option.

It is an optician’s responsibility to make sure the patient is comfortable with the lenses, and that the prescription is filled correctly. Opticians spend a lot of their time working with patients to make sure they leave comfortable and prepared to properly use whatever lenses they get.

While opticians are primarily concerned with patients' vision, they must also take people’s preferences into consideration when it comes to style. They give advice on the best style of glasses or contacts and keep in mind a customer’s need for tinting, sports, or other special requirements. Great opticians will fit patients with lenses that are both comfortable and stylistically appealing.

Are you suited to be an optician?

Opticians have distinct personalities. They tend to be enterprising individuals, which means they’re adventurous, ambitious, assertive, extroverted, energetic, enthusiastic, confident, and optimistic. They are dominant, persuasive, and motivational. Some of them are also conventional, meaning they’re conscientious and conservative.

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What is the workplace of an Optician like?

Opticians typically work in office/retail settings, sometimes among other opticians or eye doctors. They work with equipment that cuts glass and may involve chemicals, so some safety precautions are needed. Also, as opticians dispense lenses of all kinds, there may be all kinds of frames or contact frames on display around the office or store.

Work hours are often flexible and the work is not at all physically demanding. Since stores are trying to appeal to shoppers the physical locations are often convenient and usually quite pleasant.

Opticians are also known as:
Dispensing Optician Licensed Optician Certified Optician Licensed Dispensing Optician