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.