Many Dispensing Opticians begin their careers
working in optician offices while taking professional training.

Opticians Directory in UK

UK Optician Jobs

Opticians and dispensing opticians employ opticians, optical technicians as well as optical sales people.

Optician Work Description

Dispensing Opticians fill prescriptions from Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. Opticians sell, fit, supply and services eyeglasses, contact lenses and optical appliances. Opticians are employed mainly in the private sector, however there are some public sector optician jobs in hospitals. Some opticians work in a high street environment, and also run hospital clinics.

UK Optician Training

Many opticians begin working as untrained assistants in optician offices, then take professional courses while working. Frequently employers will contribute to the cost of training a dispensing optician, or an optician assistant or optician technician. Training may be a degree course in optical dispensing or management, a diploma course with supervised practice for one year, and there are also day-release and distance-learning options available for those employed by optician offices. An online list of approved courses is located on the General Optical Council website at:

UK Optician Industry Information

Optician -- Reed Business Publishing Group
Quadrant House, The Quadrant
Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5AS
Tel: 020 8652 3196 / Fax: 020 8652 8993

Optometry Today -- Association of Optometrists
11 Somerset Place
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G3 7JT
Tel: 01252 816266

Optician Jobs

Association of British Dispensing Opticians
199 Gloucester Terrace
London, W2 6LD
Tel: 020 7298 5100 / Fax: 020 7298 5111

General Optical Council
41 Harley Street
London, W1G 8DJ
Tel: 020 7580 3898 / Fax: 020 7436 3525

The General Optical Council lists the following undergraduate optometry degree courses: Plus the GOC lists these dispensing optics courses:

Optical History

Founded in 1901, the British Optical Association Museum houses a collection of 8,000 optical and ophthalmic items. Along with 2,000 pairs of eyeglasses dating from the seventeenth century, there are also historical items such as an antique optician chair with refracting unit built in, and a 2,500 year-old Egyptian "Eye of Horus" amulet.

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