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Who is an Optician?

  • The optician helps people choose and adapt the frames to the glasses and contact lenses. 

  • They follow the optometrist or ophthalmologist recommendations.

  • They instruct about the maintenance of glasses for the client and perform business tasks.

What Does An Optician Do?

  • Sell contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and generally other goods related to the eyes.

  • Support customers in choosing frames by style and colour. Make sure the frames are tailored to face and eye dimensions, as well as visual requirements.

  • eat, shape or bend plastic or metal frames to fit the glasses with pliers and hands.

  • Dispensing opticians match, advise and issue sight impairments to the visually impaired. They also advise and issue to children as needed.

  • The obstacles encountered by patients buying glasses online is measuring their pupils' position. Opticians measure their eyes to make sure the lens centres are directly above the pupils. Online stores ask for pupil distance, i.e. the horizontal distance between your eyes.

  • Opticians play a role that focuses on customer service. For example, they customize the glasses and deliver the perfect fit to the customer.

What is the difference between Optician v/s Optometrist v/s Ophthalmologist?

  • Opticians' training is similar to general dentist training.

  • Ophthalmologists' training and training is similar to the training of an oral surgeon.

  • The optician is not an ophthalmologist. But, opticians are an important part of the ophthalmic team.

  • Opticians and optometrist work together in private practice.

  • Optometrists are trained to diagnose conditions such as glaucoma, eye diseases and astigmatism.

  • Opticians don't diagnose. They ensure that patient prescriptions are correctly used when folding prescription glasses.

Who can become an Optician in India?

  • Optics training is done through a certificate and associated courses. Most formal training programs require a high school diploma or equivalent. Many community training institutions offer certificates and associate level training programs.

  • Opticians attend formal training for about two years. They work under the guidance of an optician who is trained to examine and diagnose patients.

  • Optometrists write prescriptions for the eye, while opticians do not have comparable competence.

Top colleges offering Optician and Refractionist course in India

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi

  • Lotus College of Optometry, Mumbai

  • Elite School of Optometry (ESO), Chennai

  • Bharati Vidyapeeth University School of Optometry, Pune

  • Sri Prakash Institute of Optometry (Dr.Agarwal's Eye Hospital) (Affiliated to Alagappa University), Chennai

  • Vidyasagar College of Optometry & Vision Science, Kolkata

  • Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry

  • Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry, Hyderabad

  • College of Optometry and Ophthalmic Sciences, Nasik

  • Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Madurai

  • Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal

  • Optometry Research & Training Institute (ORTI), Banda

  • School of Optometry, Aligarh

What are the Growth prospects for an Optician in India?

Opticians can work in various environments, e.g.

  • group surgeries,

  • hospitals,

  • laboratories,

  • ophthalmic clinics or

  • retail stores.

Approved opticians must

  • follow practice and training standards,

  • undertake continuous training,

  • take out professional liability insurance, and

  • comply with these standards from the appropriate regulatory authorities.

How much an Optician earns in India?

The Average salary of an Optician in India is Rs 28,163/mth

Interesting Facts

Tommaso da Modena painted the first known artistic representation of eyeglasses in 1352.