As a licensed option, you will need to have the technical knowledge to dispense eyewear to customers. You will take measurements and help customers select the eyewear that is best for them. You need to have the knowledge to measure the thickness of the cornea and other parts of the eye.
As a licensed optician, you can interpret prescriptions issued by optometrists and ophthalmologists and create orders for lab techs. In your job as a licensed optician, you will also ensure the clinic is running smoothly. You will need to keep track of prescriptions, appointments, and inventory. You can also repair broken frames and teach patients how to take care of their eyewear.
Most opticians need a high school degree or GED. You will need to obtain an optician certificate through a post-secondary school program that lasts one year. Opticians also need an associate degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing and go through an apprenticeship program. After your apprenticeship, you can earn a yearly salary of about $38,000.