32100 – Opticians



32100 – Opticians
Opticians assist clients in the selection of eyeglass frames, take the necessary measurements and arrange for the production of eyeglasses or contact lenses, mount lenses in eyeglass frames and fit clients with final prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. They are employed in optical retail outlets or other establishments with optical dispensing departments, or they may be self-employed. Student opticians and opticians who are managers of optical retail outlets are included in this unit group.


Index of titles
Apprentice optician
Contact lens dispenser
Contact lens fitter
Contact lens practitioner
Contact lens technician
Dispensing optician
Dispensing optician student
Eyeglasses fitter
Eyeglasses frame fitter
Intern optician
Licensed contact lens practitioner
Licensed dispensing optician
Licensed optician
Managing optician
Ophthalmic device dispenser
Ophthalmic dispenser
Optical device dispenser
Optical dispensing manager
Optical frame fitter
Optometric dispenser
Spectacle frame fitter
Student optician
Visual orthesis technician
Visual orthotic device technician


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Obtain specifications for eyeglasses or contact lenses from a prescription prepared by an ophthalmologist or optometrist or by analyzing the client's eyeglasses or contact lenses and take necessary measurements including the curvature of the eyes, the accurate position of the pupils and bridge width, using optical measuring devices
Advice clients on eyeglasses selection by informing them of different products such as lens materials, frames, tints and anti-reflection coating
Adjust contact lenses and inform client on use and care
Grind, polish, cut and edge lenses or have them made by a laboratory before inserting them into the frame
Adjust finished eyeglasses to fit client
May supervise or manage the activities of other opticians or student opticians.


Employment requirements
Completion of a two- or three-year college program in ophthalmic dispensing or optical sciences is required.
Licensing by a regulatory body for opticians is required in all provinces.
Licensing requirements for scope of practice and protected titles related to the sale or dispensing and fitting of contact lenses vary by province.


Additional information

Dispensing opticians office manager (in 60020 Retail and wholesale trade managers)
Ocularist (in 32129 Other medical technologists and technicians)
Ophthalmologist (in 31101 Specialists in surgery )
Optometrists (31111)
Optical laboratory technician (in 33109 Other assisting occupations in support of health services)