On the Job
Dispensing Opticians measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patients. They help clients insert and use contact lenses. They also help clients choose eyeglass frames.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Gather medical information from patient histories.
- Record patient medical histories.
- Merchandise healthcare products or services.
- Verify accuracy of patient information.
- Order medical supplies or equipment.
- Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
- Fit eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other vision aids.
- Perform clerical work in medical settings.
- Process medical billing information.
- Instruct patients in the use of assistive equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having telephone conversations.
- Dealing with external customers.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Dealing with unpleasant or angry people.
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