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Optical Dispenser

Optical Dispenser

Assist clients with eyewear and optical appliances by interpreting optical prescriptions.

What's it like to be an Optical Dispenser?

An Optical Dispenser is a professional who interprets optical prescriptions and supplies clients with frames and lenses.

Tasks and duties

  • Interpret optical prescriptions written by ophthalmologists and optometrists.
  • Discuss eyewear needs with clients and ensure frames and lenses conform to the ophthalmologist or optometrist’s prescription or recommendation.
  • Help shape lenses and fit them to frames and perform minor repairs as required.
Generally working as part of an eye care team, Optical Dispensers tend to be employed by optical dispensing companies or optometrists. However, some are self-employed in private practice.
Giving clear, helpful and correct advice to customers is imperative for Optical Dispensers.

What can I earn as an Optical Dispenser?

The most common salary  for an Optical Dispenser is between $45k and $55k
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How to become an Optical Dispenser

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To work as an Optical Dispenser in Australia you usually have to complete a qualification in optical dispensing. Some courses include a supervised work placement or may require relevant previous employment as a condition of entry. It’s also possible to become an optical dispenser through a traineeship and employers usually require a minimum of Year 10 completion.
  1. Undertake a qualification in optical dispensing. This will usually be a Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing (HLT47815).
  2. There are multiple pathways for experienced Optical Dispensers, such as becoming an assistant manager, working as a consultant to a lens manufacturer, or becoming a sales representative.

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Duration 1 yr - 1.5 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Retail experience
  • Communication skills
  • Results orientation
  • Team work
  • Self motivation

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Customer centricity
  • Team work
  • Interpersonal skills
  • People management
  • Time management
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How do Optical Dispensers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 29 Optical Dispensers surveyed on SEEK