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Dispensing opticians


Dispensing opticians supply, fit and service spectacles, contact lenses and other optical aids in accordance with a prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Main Tasks

  • Interprets prescription and measures patient’s face to determine distance between pupil centres, height of bridge of nose, etc.;
  • Advises patient on lens type and choice of spectacle frames;
  • Prepares detailed instructions for workshop;
  • Ensures that completed spectacles conform to specification and fit the patient correctly and comfortably;
  • Fits spectacles and advises patient on lens care and any other difficulties likely to be experienced.


Entry is most common with GCSEs/S grades or equivalent qualifications or experience, followed by up to three years training approved by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). Full-time, day-release or distance-learning options are available.

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