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Opticians [NOC 3231]

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Opticians fit clients with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, assist clients in the selection of eyeglass frames, arrange for the production of eyeglasses or contact lenses and mount lenses in eyeglass frames.

Opticians are the kind of medical professionals that I see at least once a year. They are the ones who help farsighted or nearsighted people see better and at the same time look better. Opticians themselves need an eye for what frame or eyeglasses would enhance the facial features of their clients.

They are employed in optical retail outlets or other establishments with optical dispensing departments, or they may be self-employed.

Opticians [NOC 3231]

Opticians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Obtain specifications for eyeglasses or contact lenses from a prescription prepared by an ophthalmologist or optometrist or by analyzing the client's eyeglasses or contact lenses and by measuring client's eye curvature, pupillary distance and bridge width, using optical measuring devices
  • Assist clients in selecting eyeglasses by advising on lens materials, frames, tints and anti-reflection coating
  • Advise on use and care of contact lenses
  • Arrange for grinding and polishing of lenses or grind and polish lenses
  • Cut and edge lenses and fit lenses into frames
  • Adjust finished eyeglasses to fit client
  • May supervise or manage the activities of other opticians or student opticians.
A 2-3 years college program in ophthalmic dispensing, apprenticeship and licensing can greatly help an optician in his/her career.

Opticians may take any of the following sample titles:

apprentice optician
contact lens dispenser
contact lens fitter
contact lens practitioner
contact lens technician
dispenser, contact lens
dispenser, ophthalmic devices
dispenser, optical devices
dispensing optician
dispensing optician student
eyeglasses fitter
eyeglasses frame fitter
fitter, contact lens
fitter, eyeglasses
fitter, eyeglasses frame
licensed contact lens practitioner
licensed dispensing optician
licensed optician
licensed practitioner, contact lenses
ophthalmic device dispenser
ophthalmic dispenser
optical device dispenser
optical frame fitter
optician, dispensing
optician, student
practitioner, contact lenses
spectacle frame fitter
student optician
technician, contact lenses
technician, visual ortheses
technician, visual orthotic devices
visual orthesis technician
visual orthotic device technician

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