Optician (Opt)

Opticians or Dispensing Opticians adjust eyeglass lenses according to prescriptions and fit them into frames. Some opticians may manufacture lenses for optical instruments such as telescopes or microscopes.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Opticians usually work in the retail trade such as optical goods stores selling lenses and frames. Others are employed by eyewear manufacturer laboratories, or by optometrists or ophthalmologists. Opticians fill prescriptions, make recommendations for frames and lenses, and fix or replace broken lenses. Although they are trained to operate machinery that grinds and polishes eyeglass lenses, some opticians have an ophthalmic laboratory technician perform this portion of the work. Some opticians specialize in fitting contact lenses. They can work part or full-time and may work evenings and weekends.


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