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An optician is a technically trained practitioner who designs, fits and dispenses corrective lenses for the correction of a person’s vision.   In order to provide the highest levels of quality and care, an optician must possess detailed knowledge of current fitting standards and modern fashion trends. The technical skills involved in these activities are usually acquired through formal education, training, and experience.  Opticians are tasked with many responsibilities:

  • Interpretation of prescriptions written by ophthalmologists and optometrists
  • Collection of eye measurements including corneal width and thickness
  • Helping clients select eyeglass and lens treatments including tints and coatings
  • Creating work orders for lab technicians to ensure delivery of the proper lenses
  • Adjusting eyeglasses to ensure a proper fit
  • Repairing broken frames
  • Educating clients on proper eyeglass and contact lens care
  • Keeping track of orders, prescriptions, and inventory

Opticians work for both ophthalmologists and optometrists and are important part of your eye care team.

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