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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

  • Certified Optician
  • Contact Lens Technician
  • Dispensing Optician
  • Licensed Dispensing Optician (LDO)
  • Licensed Optician
  • Ophthalmic Dispenser
  • Optical Technician
  • Optician
  • Optometric Technician
  • Registered Optician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • 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 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

  • Dental Assistant (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Craftsman, Dental Hygienist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Journeyman, Dental Hygienist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Eye Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Craftsman, Health Information Technology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Journeyman, Health Information Technology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Medical Administration Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Medical Service Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Apprentice, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Craftsman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Helper, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Journeyman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmic Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optical Laboratory Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Optician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Optometrist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometrist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometry (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometry Apprentice, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Craftsman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Helper, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Journeyman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Optician Dispensing

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Optician Apprentice, Dispensing
  • Optician, Dispensing