Optical dispensers interpret optical prescriptions and fit and service optical appliances such as spectacle frames and lenses.
Duties & Tasks
Optical dispensers may perform the following tasks:discuss the client's eyewear needs
choose the appropriate frame to satisfy the client's comfort, appearance and prescription requirements
discuss and recommend types of lenses and lens enhancements
ensure lenses conform to the prescription of the ophthalmologist (eye specialist) or optometrist
shape lenses and fit them to frames, ensuring they meet quality standards
ensure the new eyewear fits correctly and comfortably
carry out minor repairs to damaged frames.
An optical dispenser works as part of an eye care team alongside optometrists or ophthalmologists (who issue the optical prescription) and optical mechanics (who make the visual aid or optical appliance).
good communication skills
good hand-eye coordination
aptitude for mathematics
enjoy helping people
patient and attention to detail.