What does an optician do?
Opticians are health care providers who fill prescriptions
and contact lenses and dispense eyeglasses and contact lenses to
Opticians are also known as registered dispensing opticians and
dispensers. Opticians may not perform eye examinations or issue
for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
What is the difference between an optician, an
optometrist, and an
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor with extensive
training who specializes
in medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system and
disease and injury prevention. Ophthalmologists are primary
providers who perform eye examinations and prescribe any
including eyeglasses, contact lenses, and medications.
An optometrist is a doctor of optometry trained to perform eye
diagnose and treat certain disorders of the eyes, and prevent
and injury. Optometrists are primary health care providers who
eyeglasses and contact lenses.
An optician is a health care provider who fills prescriptions
and contact lenses and dispenses eyeglasses and contact lenses
upon written instructions from an ophthalmologist or
Contact lens dispensing means the fabrication, ordering,
dispensing, sale, and delivery to the consumer of contact lens
by and dispensed in accordance with a prescription from a
Spectacle dispensing means the design, verification, fitting,
sale, and delivery to the consumer of fabricated and finished
lenses, frames or other opthalmic devices, prescribed by and
in accordance with a prescription from a licensed physician or
How can consumers know if their optician is a registered
Ask the optician. Registered dispensing opticians are
issued a valid
registration certificate and identification card every two years
they renew the registration. Also, registered dispensing
required to provide notification to customers of the name,
telephone number of DSHS so customers may file complaints if
problems with services received from the registered dispensing
This notice may appear on a bill or contract for services or on a
posted in the place of business.