Healthcare & Medical

Optical Dispenser/Technician

Optical dispensers or technicians dispense and correctly fit prescription contact lenses and glasses.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

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What does an Optical Dispenser/Technician do?

Optical dispensers or technicians dispense and correctly fit prescription contact lenses and glasses.

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Work activities

As a optical dispenser, you would:

  • use specialist measuring equipment for fittings
  • work from prescriptions written by optometrists and opthamologists
  • advise on fit, style and weight of glasses frames
  • explain and recommend glass' lens and contact lens options
  • complete basic repairs on glasses frames
  • process payments and make appointments
  • order stocks of trial contact lenses.
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Key skills and interests

To become an optical dispenser/technician, you would need:

  • excellent customer service skills
  • good numeracy
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • an understanding of and ability to handle specialist optical equipment
  • good communication skills.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a optical dispenser, you would usually work a standard numbers of hours per week, including Saturdays. Part-time hours are also often available.

Conditions

You would be based in a retail setting and spend your time dealing with clients and customers. You may be required to wear a uniform.

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How to become an Optical Dispenser/Technician?

Entry Level Education

To become an optical dispenser you usually have to complete a VET qualification in optical dispensing. You may be required to have relevant experience or undertake a work placement as part of your course. You may be able to study through distance education.

You may also become an optical dispenser through a traineeship in Optical Dispensing. Generally, employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

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Job outlook

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Employment of optical dispensers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

An ageing population and increasing rates of chronic disease are expected to lead to greater demand for corrective eyewear.

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