ISCO 08 Code 3254                 Dispensing opticians     

Lead Statement

Dispensing opticians design, fit and dispense optical lenses based on a prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist for the correction of reduced visual acuity. They service corrective eyeglasses, contact lenses, low-vision aids and other optical devices.

Task statement

Tasks include:

  • examining and taking facial and eye measurements of clients for fitting of eyeglasses and other optical devices;
  • providing advice to clients with selection and maintenance of eyeglasses and frames, types of contact lenses and other optical devices for performance, safety, comfort and lifestyle;
  • interpreting optical prescriptions and preparing work order for optical laboratory for grinding  and mounting of lenses in frames, preparation of contact lenses and other required work;
  • verifying exactness of finished optical appliances and devices to the original prescription and  fit of clients.

Included occupations

Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Contact lens optician
  • Dispensing optician

Excluded occupations

Some related occupations classified elsewhere:

  • Ophthalmologist - 2212
  • Ophthalmic optician - 2267
  • Optometrist - 2267
  • Orthoptist - 2267



ISCO 88 Code(s) 3224, part

(NCvB; Mei 2010)