Optician Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

An Optician, or Dispensing Optician helps people get the right vision-correcting tools for their needs. Their duties include giving eyewear advice, fitting spectacles and repairing glasses.


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Optician duties and responsibilities

Opticians perform several tasks when serving customers and preparing their eyewear. Their responsibilities may vary depending on their employer, but often include:

  • Taking measurements from customers for glasses and contact lenses
  • Advising customers about the benefits and drawbacks of glasses and contact lenses
  • Informing customers about different frame options
  • Guiding customers on how to care for their glasses or contact lenses
  • Ordering lenses from prescription laboratories
  • Adjusting the frames of glasses to fit correctly on customers’ faces
  • Referring customers to Optometrists and Ophthalmologists for follow-up treatments as required
  • Managing inventory of frames and contact lenses to ensure optimum customer satisfaction and product variety


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Example 1

*Dispensing Optician Oxted Surrey - Part Time and Full Time options considered* At Bayfields Opticians & Audiologists we realise that everyone is different so we get to know our clients as individuals to understand and provide the best solutions for their lifestyle. With 45 minute testing times we take the time to welcome our customers into the Bayfields Family It’s the same for our employees Bayfields is a place to grow and develop as an individual, with ambition encouraged and opportunities on offer. We pride ourselves on having a strong internal culture that is focussed on building a strong team, one of care and inclusivity *THE ROLE* Responsibilities of the Dispensing Optician: · Working with the Optometrist to determine the best solution for the client · Dispensing, fitting and adjusting spectacles · Performing contact lens teaches · Being flexible to work with the practice team and other colleagues to deliver obsessively great service to every client. · Following GOC and ABDO guidelines in practice and undertake CET to further develop *Requirements of the Dispensing Optician: * Registered as a Qualified Dispensing Optician with the General Optical Council *Benefits* · 5 weeks holiday plus bank holidays pro rata plus additional days holiday for your birthday each year. · 3% employer/5%employee pension. · Cycle to work. · Simply Health · My work/life solutions – discount and financial well being platform · Team discounts and family & friends discounts. · Paid professional fees (GOC and professional indemnity which is currently the AOP). If part time pro rata. · CET training provided every quarter after the quarterly roadshow, it provides 12 months annually Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent Salary: Up to £34,000.00 per year Benefits: * Bike to work scheme * Company pension * Employee discount * Referral programme * Wellness programmes Schedule: * Monday to Friday * Weekends COVID-19 considerations: We’ve been busy preparing new, cutting-edge processes to keep our team and clients safe in these difficult times. We’re not just COVID-19 Secure, we’re BaySafe. Find out more: Application question(s): * Are you registered with the GOC / ABDO qualified?

Example 2

We are currently working with a highly established independent practice based near Bromley to recruit for a Dispensing Optician to join their friendly and experienced team. Operating with decades of experience this practice has built up a reputation as a clinically leading practice in the area, working to the highest standards of patient care and offering an exceptional work environment for a Dispensing Optician to take the next step in their career. As part of their team, you will be expected to bring optical knowledge and excellent patient care to the table. You will benefit from a loyal patient base and an excellent footprint in the community, working with a close knit & friendly team to match where the practice owner still works as an Optometrist. Location - Bromley Key Duties Full-time role working Monday-Saturday with a day off in the week General working hours of 9am-5:30pm with a shorter day on Saturday Varied and engaging Dispensing Optician position working with a variety of high-end designer frames such as Lindberg and Silhouette You are given time and flexibility to dispense to your patients so that everyone leaves having experienced a first-class service High quality independent practice with a boutique & open plan aesthetic A very good reputation in the community with a long standing and loyal patient base Offer additional clinical services including MECS scheme and diabetic screening Position themselves as a medium to high end supplier however to still work with NHS patients Package and Benefits Generous basic salary which is fully negotiable dependent upon experience All professional fees paid for/reimbursed by the practice Shorter day Saturday, while the practice is closed Sundays and Bank Holidays with no evening work Relaxed and family friendly environment working with an experienced and well-established team Key Skills, Qualifications and Client Requirements Must be registered with the GOC as a Dispensing Optician Possess the right to work in the United Kingdom Should enjoy working with an engaging team environment and be passionate about optics! What Happens Next? If you are interested in finding out more about this role then please click the 'Apply' button. On submission an email alert is sent to the specialist consultant handling this role to register your interest. All dialogue with us is in the strictest of confidence, without any obligation and we will NOT send your details to the practice without your prior consent. Alternatively, to find out more about this role or any other roles that maybe relevant, you can email us at or call our Primary Care team on 01423 813452. Please attach a copy of your most up to date CV to any emails sent for ease. Not the right job for you? Click here for more Dispensing Optician Jobs

Example 3

*Dispensing Optician - Store Manager and Assistant Store Mgr.* *About us* [website] brings a unique and modern way to purchase glasses with our Digital Service Hubs. We are currently expanding in the Greater London area and will be opening several shops each month. With retail trends changing, our fresh new concept meets the needs of todays’ consumer. Our stores, promoted as Digital Service Hubs, are smart, modern and innovative. They always include new technology featuring artificial intelligence, digital remote refraction, self-service elements and the best promotional packages. We are growing fast! To expand our branch network throughout the UK, we are looking for a motivated Store Manager to lead our Digital Service Hubs. *Who are you?* A qualified Dispensing Optician Keen to use the latest and innovative developments in the optical industry Committed, hardworking and enthusiastic A flexible problem solver Have strong commercial and leading skills Strives for achieving high targets Looking for a new exciting challenge and hungry for a change Willing to grow professionally and within the company *What will you do?* Manage and lead the store in cooperation with support of the head office Define strategies to improve and increase sales Supervise and motivate the store team to ensure global success Introduce and engage with customers to our new concept in order to deliver outstanding customer experience Ensure a smooth customer journey through all touch points within the store: from assisting customers with frame selection, setting customers up for the eye examination, dispensing and fitting glasses, to delivering with after sales customer care. What we offer Manage and lead your own Digital Service Hub equipped with the latest technology A fantastic career progression pathway *An amazing base salary plus commission on shop sales * The possibility to join a company which is accelerating above market changes, always innovative and looking to provide customers with the latest unique optical experience. *Sound interesting?* Are you ready for the challenge? New times are coming, don't miss out! Please send us your CV as Store Manager and run your own Digital Service Hub with [website] We are looking forward to your application! Job Type: Full-time Salary: per year Schedule: * 8 hour shift

Example 4

A rare opportunity has become available for a Dispensing Optician to join a well-established and reputable Optical practice based in County Down. This is a full-time role working Monday-Saturday with a day off in the week, however you will get 1 in every 4 weekends off - enabling a greater work-life balance than most Optical roles. Working hours will be from 9am-5:30pm, however 1 late shift a week will be required which will be from 11:30am-8pm. You will be working with an experienced team of optical professional within a superb working environment offering state of art facilities, training and development with a focus on patient satisfaction and repeat custom. This is an excellent opportunity join a locally run practice, where you will be working closely alongside the Optometrist owner in a community lead practice. Key Duties Full-time role working 5 days a week Your work will compromise primarily of dispensing spectacles to current prescriptions and ensuring that every customers leaves happy with the level of service Work on a consultative basis where the customer is given time and help with their order Based in a patient focussed Opticians running 1-2 clinics a day with a real emphasis on care Clinically leading practice with exceptional levels of equipment including OCT, fundus cameras, slit lamps and fully paperless system Internal team meetings/training is held once a week within your working hours fostering a real close knit work environment Working closely alongside the business owners where your ideas and feedback are listened to Package and Benefits Competitive basic salary that is negotiable up to £22000 dependent upon experience 1 in 4 weekends off and closed Sundays GOC fees paid for while CET is provided Private healthcare cover Access to a discount platform giving discounts off the high street, cinema tickets and restaurants Opportunities for progressing and further courses including management or clinically Key Skills, Qualifications and Client Requirements Possess the right to work in the United Kingdom All candidates must be GOC registered and a fully qualified Dispensing Optician Applications welcomed from Dispensing Opticians of all levels of experience as training is provided What Happens Next? Please click the 'Apply' button to find out more about this role. The consultant looking after this vacancy will contact you at a convenient time to share further details on about the opportunity. All interaction will be in complete confidence, without obligation and we will NOT send your details to any practice unless you give us your permission. If you wish to talk to us in person about this job or any other suitable jobs, please email us on or call our Optometry team on 01423 813452. Please attach a copy of your most up to date CV to any emails sent for ease. Not the right job for you? Click here for more Dispensing Optician Jobs

Example 5

A superb brand-new prospect now available for a Dispensing Optician to join a well-established and expanding team in central Leeds city centre working across two highly successful state of art practices. Due to recent internal colleague promotions a new Dispensing Optician is now available within the team which can also offer excellent routes into more senior managerial work if of interest to the successful candidate. This award-winning employer offers access to a wide variety of clientèle and diverse product range supported by state of art facilities to help best serve each customer individual needs. The role requires a high level of customer service focus, attention to deal and ability to work well as part of busy vibrant and future focussed team where you clinical and professional development will be encouraged ongoing. Based in central Leeds our client's operations are highly accessible both via public transport and by car with free parking made available for all colleagues. The employer has an impressive track record of success in operating their practices and even during these uncertain times can offer job security and great support from a highly experienced and agreeable management team making this an exceptional prospect in the current climate. Key Duties Your role will principally operate as a Dispensing Optician working across two state of art facilities offering great customer service and exceptional product insights and recommendations Full time role circa 40 hours per week working 4 longer days 8am-7:30pm during the and Saturdays 9am-6pm with 1-hour lunch break provided Genuine prospects for ambitious dispensers to develop their career with immediate options available to work in team leader/assistant manager positions if of interest and defined routes for further career progression one established within the team You will have access to the latest testing facilities and extensive product offering and should demonstrate a well-motivated and balanced clinical and commercial approach to your work Diverse patient base and consistent high customer footfall will be provided for your benefit and should be confident recommending products at all levels Our client requires a candidate with strong work ethic and an agreeable manner who is both coachable and able to build strong relationships with colleagues and clients alike Package and Benefits Basic salary up £25,000 Dispenser bonus currently worth £500-£1000 per year Defined routes for career progression available with potential immediate access to team leader or assistant manager type positions FT hours condenses into 4 days allowing extra day off every week! GOC fees paid CET/CPD provided Free parking available Supportive, experienced, well organised and future focussed support team State of art facilities Vibrant sociable practice setting Staff discounts 20 days holiday + bank Key Skills, Qualifications and Client Requirements This role does require the full Dispensing Optician qualification and GOC register or ability to register as required All levels of experience considered but should be confident working in busy practice Full time only applications can be considered for this role Candidates should be able to work 40 hours per week within standard shift times 8am7:30pm during week and sat 9am-6pm 1 hour lunch break (effectively working full time over 4 long days offering an extra full day off each week) All candidates should be highly customer service focussed and willing to engage in KPIs / be coachable Ability to work well as part of a team with strong interpersonal skills Must have right to work in the UK What Happens Next? Please click the 'Apply' button to find out more about this role. The consultant looking after this vacancy will contact you at a convenient time to share further details on about the opportunity. All interaction will be in complete confidence, without obligation and we will NOT send your details to any practice unless you give us your permission. If you wish to talk to us in person about this job or any other suitable jobs, please email us on or call our Optometry team on 01423 813452. Please attach a copy of your most up to date CV to any emails sent for ease. Not the right job for you? Click here for more Dispensing Optician Jobs

What does an Optician do?

Opticians help people who have prescriptions from Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. They are often the first point of contact for people with concerns about vision. They provide advice to customers and help them feel more confident in their decisions about eyewear. Opticians help people at all stages of their eyewear journey, from providing new glasses or contact lenses and performing adjustments to carrying out repairs. Their knowledge and friendliness encourage customers to return to the same Optician store or practice. A good Optician can promote brand loyalty and positive word-of-mouth publicity.


Optician skills and qualifications

Opticians use a combination of technical and customer service skills to help their customers. A successful Optician candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications, that typically include:

  • Technical ability using ophthalmic tools such as a focimeter, tonometer or retinoscope
  • Strong verbal communication skills which include active listening for advising and educating customers
  • Confidence working as part of a team
  • Mathematics skills for calculating vision angles and distances
  • Computer literacy for updating customer records and placing orders


Optician experience requirements

Experience working in optician shops or eye clinics is preferable, but not essential. Working in an optician store as an Optical Assistant, a Sales Assistant or a Receptionist helps aspiring Opticians become familiar with eye care processes because these roles can help develop customer service skills. Some employers prefer Opticians who gain experience through work placement programs. These programs are part of diploma courses approved by the General Optical Council. They oversee students working under the supervision of qualified Opticians.


Optician education and training requirements

Aspiring Opticians need 5 GSCEs at grades 9 to 4 in English and Mathematics and one or two A levels in science. These subjects are prerequisites for enrolling in courses approved by the General Optical Council. Aspiring Opticians can complete a two-year diploma course, followed by a one-year work placement program. Alternatively, people in eligible employment could complete a three-year day release or distance learning course. After completing their education, graduates must pass the professional qualifying examinations from the Association of British Dispensing Opticians Professional.


Optician salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for an Optician in the UK is £27, 929 per year. Salaries vary according to experience, location and area of speciality.


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Optician job description FAQs


What should you look for in an Optician resume?

It’s helpful  to look for applicants registered with the General Optical Council, in addition to relevant experience and education. This registration is essential for all clinical work. You may also prefer hiring members of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. This official body provides professional development and training opportunities, so members often have a good depth of knowledge.


How can you check for the character of an Optician candidate?

It’s a good idea to run a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on new hires. This check will help you feel confident about your new employee’s character. You may like to state in your job description that employment is dependent on passing this check so that the applicants are aware of this condition. You can also contact your applicant’s references and ask about their experiences working with the candidate.


What is the difference between an Optician and an Optometrist?

While both professionals work in the eye care industry, only Optometrists are Doctors. Opticians focus on customer care while Optometrists concentrate on the technical and diagnostic aspects of eye care. Optometrists can perform many duties which Opticians cannot, such as examining patients, diagnosing eye conditions and prescribing medications or corrective vision aids. Opticians interpret these prescriptions for customers and order the visual aids they need.


What qualities make a good Optician?

Optician work requires a lot of customer service, so they should be friendly people who enjoy helping people. They are usually patient and tactful, especially when giving style advice about different frames. They should also have good attention to detail. Opticians work carefully to make sure that they read prescriptions and order lenses correctly.

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