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Dispensing opticians design, fit and dispense optical lenses based on a prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist for the correction of reduced visual acuity. They service corrective eyeglasses, contact lenses, low-vision aids and other optical devices.
Tasks include -
(a) examining and taking facial and eye measurements of clients for fitting of eyeglasses and other optical devices;
(b) providing advice to clients on selection and maintenance of eyeglasses and frames, types of contact lenses and other optical devices for performance, safety, comfort and lifestyle;
(c) interpreting optical prescriptions and preparing work orders for optical laboratories for grinding and mounting of lenses in frames, preparation of contact lenses and other required work;
(d) verifying exactness of finished optical appliances and devices to the original prescription and fit of clients.
Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Contact lens optician
- Dispensing optician
Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Ophthalmologist - 2212
- Ophthalmic optician - 2267
- Optometrist - 2267
- Orthoptist - 2267

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