Dispensing Optician

Dispensing opticians give advice on vision care, and supply glasses and contact lenses to suit their customers needs.

Day-to-day Tasks

  • calculate vision distances and angles
  • give advice on caring for eye equipment
  • measure for glasses or contact lenses and help people choose lenses and frames
  • fit, adjust and repair frames
  • refer clients back to an optometrist for vision tests when needed
  • work with suppliers, order products and check quality on delivery

Skills and Knowledge

  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Industry Qualifications

You can get into this job through a university course.

To qualify to become a dispensing optician, you'll need to do a course approved by the General Optical Council. There are 3 different types of courses you could choose to do.

You could do a:

  • full time diploma which takes 2 years followed by working under supervision for a year
  • day release training course combined with working which takes 3 years
  • distance learning course which includes on the job training and takes 3 years

You'll also need to pass the professional qualifying examinations from the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO).

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