THE ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS UK OPTICAL PRACTICE 2018

The role of the Dispensing Optician (Claire)

Claire Dispensing Optician

Claire is an important staff member at our practice. Claire is the Dispensing Optician and this is what her role entails:

Frame Selection – ensures the frame selected will have a perfect fit, is able to be altered appropriately, and also that the frame is suitable for the selected lens. They are experts on frame materials suitable for allergies, or if a lightweight or robust design is required.

Lens Selection – The dispensing Optician carries out a visual task analysis with the patient (discussing working habits, leisure activities, and any problem arises) and recommends the most suitable products for the patients’ lifestyle. 

Spectacle fitting and Collection – Correctly fitted spectacles provide the best possible visual correction, and comfort. A Dispensing Optician will accurately fit a frame and check the vision when the spectacles are ready.

Paediatric Dispensing – Dispensing Opticians are professionally qualified and registered with the GOC (General Optical Council) to select and fit spectacles for children of any age, and any need. 

Frame Repairs – It is possible for a Dispensing Optician to assess most frames for repairs in the practice, and advise on the appropriate action to take from there.