Opticians, Dispensing :

Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $29,940.00
Average Time to Fill 43 days
Typical Education Associate's degree
Typical Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 1,564
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 13.57 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Oral Communication
Customer Service
Information Gathering
Written Communication
Work Ethic
Following Directions
Resource Allocation
Technology and Tool Usage
Intellectual Risk-taking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Getting Information

Gather medical information from patient histories
Interview patients to gather medical information
Gather information from doctor's prescription
Request reports or records
Collect clinical data

Documenting/Recording Information

Maintain dental or medical records
Maintain repair or maintenance records
Prepare records of customer charges
Process medical billing information
Record medical history
Maintain insurance records

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze optical data
Analyze medical or health data
Examine biological material specimens
Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients

Monitoring and Controlling Resources

Dispense prescribed eyeglasses, contact lenses, or vision correction devices
Order medical or medical support supplies, materials, and equipment
Order medical supplies or equipment
Inventory stock to ensure adequate supplies

Training and Teaching Others

Educate patients in use of assistive, supportive, or health-related devices
Prepare medical reports or presentations
Prepare medical reports

Assisting and Caring for Others

Operate therapeutic medical instruments or equipment
Fit vision aids such as eyeglasses or contact lenses
Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Assist practitioners in examining, evaluating, or treating patients

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards

Verify completeness or accuracy of data
Verify accuracy of patient information
Detect discrepancies in records or reports

Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

Merchandise healthcare products or services
Sell products or services
Sell services

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Follow safety procedures and regulations in medical or medical support environments
Recommend medical devices, drugs, or treatments
Implement health or sanitation standards

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Patient Contact
Customer Billing

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