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optician,

filler of prescriptions for and dispenser of corrective lenses. An optician may grind lenses as instructed by the prescription of an optometrist (see optometryoptometry
, eye-care specialty concerned with eye examination, determination of visual abilities, diagnosis of eye diseases and conditions, and the prescription of lenses and other corrective measures.
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) or ophthalmologist (see ophthalmologyophthalmology
, branch of medicine specializing in the anatomy, function and diseases of the eye. Ophthalmologists specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of eye disorders, vision measurements for glasses (refraction), eye muscle exercises (orthoptics), and the
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) or transcribe the instructions for laboratory mechanics. The optician also fits and adjusts the lenses to the client and makes suggestions as to the selection of frames. Increasingly, opticians have taken over the task of fitting contact lenses as well as eyeglasseseyeglasses
or spectacles,
instrument or device for aiding and correcting defective sight. Eyeglasses usually consist of a pair of lenses mounted in a frame to hold them in position before the eyes.
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. Some states require that lab technicians and retail merchandisers be licensed opticians. Requirements may be met through academic training or through a laboratory apprenticeship.

optician

[äp′tish·ən]
(engineering)
A maker of optical instruments or lenses.

optician

a. a general name used to refer to ophthalmic optician, a person qualified to examine the eyes and prescribe and supply spectacles and contact lenses
b. a general name used to refer to dispensing optician, a person who supplies and fits spectacle frames but is not qualified to prescribe lenses
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We want to know how these approaches might affect you, the optical sector and wider health systems if we were to integrate them in our future proposals for the education and training of optometrists and dispensing opticians.
She was a credit to the course with her attitude and work ethic and we know that she will be a success in her career as a dispensing optician.
As a dispensing optician, you would make up prescriptions created by an optometrist (who examines and tests eyes) or an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon).
To qualify you must complete a course of study at a GOC-approved training institution and pass the Professional Qualifying Examinations administered by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO).
I then worked my pre-qualified year with Miller & Santhouse opticians, and qualified as a fellow of the British Dispensing Opticians in 1986.
Completion of the appropriate course, pre-reg year and successful results in qualifying exam, administered and audited by Association of British Dispensing Opticians leads to registration with the GOC.
Liverpool dispensing optician Mark Blankstone reckons the self-styled king and queen of high fashion have done more for the sales of trendy sunglasses than anyone.
Optometrist and clinical director at the AOP, Dr Peter Hampson, said: "All registered optometrists and dispensing opticians are governed by set Standards of Practice to ensure patient care remains at the centre of their professional practice.
What does a career as an optician involve Dispensing opticians make up prescriptions from optometrists (ophthalmic opticians) and ophthalmologists (eye surgeons).
But dispensing opticians saw their earnings plummet from pounds 17,332 to pounds 15,490.