Opticians, Dispensing

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Dispensing Optician, Licensed Dispensing Optician (LDO), Licensed Optician, Optician

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What they do:
Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.
On the job, you would:
  • Measure clients' bridge and eye size, temple length, vertex distance, pupillary distance, and optical centers of eyes, using measuring devices.
  • Verify that finished lenses are ground to specifications.
  • Evaluate prescriptions in conjunction with clients' vocational and avocational visual requirements.



  • customer service
  • sales and marketing

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • psychology

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • manufacture and distribution of products

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


Basic Skills

  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions


  • looking for ways to help people
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Hand and Finger Use

  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady


  • do two or more things at the same time


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Medical software

  • First Insight MaximEyes
  • Specialist Data Solutions OctoPlus

Data base user interface and query software

  • Database software
  • EZ-Zone Optizone Enterprise


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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