Ophthalmic Dispensing

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Profession Currently Reviewing Items Received
Ophthalmic Dispensers 3/22/2021

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Advisory Notice: The next NYS Ophthalmic Dispensing practical examination given by Capitol Hill Testing Service, will be held April 19-20. The Contact Lens examination, which was originally scheduled for the Fall 2020, will also be held during the Spring 2021 examination.

An ophthalmic dispenser - commonly called an "optician" - is a licensed health care professional who adapts and fits lenses to correct deficiencies, deformities, or abnormalities of the eyes based on a written prescription from a licensed physician or optometrist. Contact lens practitioners are ophthalmic dispensers who are certified to fit contact lenses. Ophthalmic dispensers and certified contact lens practitioners work to:

  • achieve the best visual clarity possible for their customers;
  • assist in the selection of frames; and
  • choose appropriate ophthalmic lenses or contact lenses to suit your needs.

Ophthalmic dispensers perform the following services:

  • determine what lenses will best fit a prescription
  • select lenses to suit the customer's visual needs and lifestyle
  • instruct in the proper care of glasses
  • participate in customer education

Certified contact lens practitioners do all of these things as well as fit contact lenses.

Read more about this profession.

Last Updated: April 6, 2021