Liberty, an optician, spends her typical day helping patients pick out eyeglasses, fitting them for contact lenses, and helping the doctor. She tells us that she wishes she would have listened to her teachers more in high school instead of procrastinating on projects because she has found time management to be a very important skill to have in life.
Dispensing opticians help fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists. They also help customers decide which eyeglass frames or type of contact lenses to buy.
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Twenty-three states require opticians to be licensed. Licensure usually requires completing formal education through an approved program or completing an apprenticeship. In addition to being licensed, states require opticians to pass one or more of the following (depending on the state): a state written exam, a state practical exam, or certification exams, described in the certification section.
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