What is an Optician?
Opticians or dispensing opticians assist customers in choosing and fitting eyeglass frames or lenses. They read through and follow the prescription provided by ophthalmologists or optometrists when recommending frames to patients.
How Does one Become an Optician?
If you’re interested in becoming an optician, you will need at least a high school diploma or an equivalent for a start, then followed by formal education and on-the-job training. It’s imperative that you look into certification and licensing requirements where you want to practice as they vary from state to state.
What is the Work Environment for an Optician?
A dispensing optician may choose to work for optometrists with their own office or in an eyewear store. Eyewear stores are now selling contact lenses and eyeglasses. Opticians stationed in department stores may have to work during weekends and on some evenings while those working for ophthalmologists will usually enjoy more regular work hours.
What are Skills Necessary for an Optician?
Opticians need to have people skills as they coordinate with clients of all ages. Some customers may still be feeling reluctant about working with an optician so it is important to make them feel at ease. Attention to detail as well as patience are also a must.
How are Opticians Different from Ophthalmologists and Optometrists?
Opticians can be likened to a pharmacist while ophthalmologist and optometrists can be compared to the physicians. They do not write the prescription themselves, but they need to understand every detail into it.
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