Ophthalmic opticians


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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Ophthalmic opticians test patients’ vision, diagnose defects and disorders and prescribe glasses or contact lenses as required.


Entrants require a degree in Optometry, must have passed the Professional Qualifying Examination of the General Optical Council, and have completed a pre-registration year. Advanced training in specialised areas is available.

Typical tasks

  • examines eyes and tests vision of patient, identifies problems, defects, injuries and ill health;
  • prescribes, supplies and fits appropriate spectacle lenses, contact lenses and other aids;
  • advises patient on proper use of glasses, contact lenses and other aids, and on appropriate lighting conditions for reading and working;
  • refers patient to a specialist, where necessary;
  • carries out research with glass and lens manufacturers.

Common job titles

Optician, ophthalmic

Education background

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