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Opticians, Dispensing - 29-2081.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Optician
  • Dispensing Optician
  • Licensed Optician
  • Optometric Assistant
  • Certified Optician
  • Licensed Dispensing Optician
  • Ophthalmic Dispenser
  • Optometric Technician
  • Optical Technician
  • Contact Lens Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Arrange and maintain displays of optical merchandise.
  • Assemble eyeglasses by cutting and edging lenses, and fitting the lenses into frames.
  • Assist clients in selecting frames according to style and color, and ensure that frames are coordinated with facial and eye measurements and optical prescriptions.
  • Determine clients' current lens prescriptions, when necessary, using lensometers or lens analyzers and clients' eyeglasses.
  • Evaluate prescriptions in conjunction with clients' vocational and avocational visual requirements.
  • Fabricate lenses to meet prescription specifications.
  • Grind lens edges, or apply coatings to lenses.
  • Heat, shape, or bend plastic or metal frames to adjust eyeglasses to fit clients, using pliers and hands.
  • Instruct clients in how to wear and care for eyeglasses.
  • Maintain records of customer prescriptions, work orders, and payments.
  • Measure clients' bridge and eye size, temple length, vertex distance, pupillary distance, and optical centers of eyes, using measuring devices.
  • Obtain a customer's previous record, or verify a prescription with the examining optometrist or ophthalmologist.
  • Order and purchase frames and lenses.
  • Perform administrative duties such as tracking inventory and sales, submitting patient insurance information, and performing simple bookkeeping.
  • Prepare work orders and instructions for grinding lenses and fabricating eyeglasses.
  • Recommend specific lenses, lens coatings, and frames to suit client needs.
  • Repair damaged frames.
  • Sell goods such as contact lenses, spectacles, sunglasses, and other goods related to eyes in general.
  • Show customers how to insert, remove, and care for their contact lenses.
  • Supervise the training of student opticians.
  • Verify that finished lenses are ground to specifications.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Fabricate medical devices.
  • Fit eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other vision aids.
  • Gather medical information from patient histories.
  • Instruct patients in the use of assistive equipment.
  • Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
  • Merchandise healthcare products or services.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Process medical billing information.
  • Recommend types of assistive devices.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Verify accuracy of patient information.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Eye Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optical Laboratory Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Optician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Opthalmic Dispen Opt/Contact Lens
  • Optician, Dispensing

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Optician Apprentice, Dispensing
  • Optician, Dispensing