Dispensing Optician Ngaio Mōhiti

Dispensing opticians interpret prescriptions from optometrists and ophthalmologists (eye specialists) for glasses or contact lenses, sell customers suitable frames and lens systems, and fit and assemble glasses.

Dispensing opticians need to be registered with the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board and hold a practising certificate.

Dispensing opticians may do some or all of the following:

  • recommend and sell suitable frames, lenses, sunglasses and eye care products
  • fit, adjust and repair glasses
  • arrange for lenses to be made to suit clients' prescriptions
  • shape and fit lenses to frames.

Some dispensing opticians run their own business.

Physical Requirements

Dispensing opticians need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for dispensing opticians includes:

  • work as an optometrist's or pharmacist's assistant
  • experience in an optical laboratory
  • customer service work.

Personal Qualities

Dispensing opticians need to be:

  • friendly and helpful
  • polite and observant
  • positive, supportive and able to inspire confidence in others
  • practical and organised
  • good at sales and customer service.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for dispensing opticians includes:

  • work as an optometrist's or pharmacist's assistant
  • experience in an optical laboratory
  • customer service work.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a dispensing optician. However, English, health, maths, physics and biology are useful.

Dispensing Opticians can earn around $39K-$46K per year per year.

Dispensing opticians may progress into management positions, or set up their own practices. They may also become optical sales representatives.

Dispensing Optician

SchoolPoint by Inbox Design SCHOOLPOINT129, Rendered 0.99MB in 0.0548 seconds with 12 queries.

----