Once you have completed your ACC training and earned your diploma, you'll be ready to pursue exciting career opportunities as an entry-level dispensing optician. On the job, you'll be responsible for receiving and interpreting data from the optometrist or ophthalmologist and combining that data with the needs and choices of the patient.
In addition to helping patients select the best lens/frame combinations, your clients will very likely be counting on you to know about the latest advancements in technology. They'll also consult with you for your professional opinion in order to make informed eye care choices.
As a dispensing optician, your day-to-day responsibilities* may include:
- helping customers choose eyeglass frames and lens treatments (such as tints or non-reflective coatings), based on their vision needs and style preferences;
- taking measurements of customers' eyes, such as the width or thickness of their corneas;
- creating work orders for ophthalmic laboratory technicians, providing information about the lenses needed;
- receiving customers' prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses, as written by ophthalmologists and optometrists;
- making adjustments to finished eyeglasses to ensure a good fit;
- repairing or re-fitting broken eyeglass frames;
- educating customers about eyewear—for example, showing them how to care for their contact lenses;
- and doing business tasks, such as maintaining sales records, keeping track of customers' prescriptions and ordering inventory.
You'll be on your way!
As you begin your career as a dispensing optician, the ongoing development of your skills can create increased opportunities for advancement. Even after you are employed, ACC's Career Services team will remain committed to providing you with the resources, support and personalized assistance you need to keep your career on the fast track.
* Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/opticians-dispensing.htm