Dispensing Optician Career
With on-the-job training and some class work, optician dispensing technicians learn basic optics and eye physiology to help customers choose the best pair of glasses for their lens prescription and ensure optimal fit. These technicians use a variety of instruments to take measurements before placing an order with the ophthalmology lab.
This career involves a great deal of customer service, both before ordering the glasses and when performing the final fitting. Clear communication skills are essential as the technician is the point of contact for the optometrist or ophthalmologist, customer and laboratory. Also, optician dispensing technicians perform accounting, marketing and management roles in the retail setting.