Despite having a similar name, opticians (also called dispensing opticians) stand out from eye doctors in an important way: They fill the eyeglass prescriptions that ophthalmologists and optometrists write. Opticians obtain a one or two year technical degree, certificate, or diploma. They must be certified in the state where they practice.

Opticians do the following:

  • Evaluate lens prescriptions written by ophthalmologists and optometrists
  • Dispense, adjust, repair and replace glasses, eyeglass frames and contact lenses
  • Take facial measurements
  • Help decide which form of lens best fits a patient's needs
  • Take charge of ordering and checking eye-related products including contact and eyeglass lenses

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