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Optical Dispenser

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Optical dispensers make sure that the instructions on an optical prescription written by an ophthalmologist or optometrist are fulfilled in accordance with AU Standards.

You need steady hands to take accurate measurements.


Role Description:

  • Optical dispensers make sure that the instructions on an optical prescription written by an ophthalmologist or optometrist are fulfilled in accordance with Australian standards. This often involves helping a client to select a spectacle frame that is suitable for their prescription. The optical dispenser then takes measurements to ensure that the glasses are made up correctly in an optical laboratory.

Where you might work:

  • Your workplace could be optical dispensaries, optometry practices and optical laboratories.

Personal attributes:

  • You need excellent attention to detail and good communication skills. You need steady hands to take accurate measurements. It helps if you can do basic maths without using a calculator.

Salary:

  • Middle of the range starting salary in Australia: $55,000
    (Reference: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 2018.)


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