Opticians are skilled technicians who fill optical prescriptions and fit people with glasses or contact lenses. Opticians, unlike ophthalmologists and optometrists, are not licensed to test vision, write medicine prescriptions, or diagnose or treat eye diseases.
Fill prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Help people select appropriate glasses.
Fit lenses into eyeglass frames.
Adjust eyeglass frames for comfort and proper lens position.
Clean and polish contact lenses.
An optician may complete a training program or an apprenticeship.
Some provinces do not require a person to complete a program to be licensed as an optician.
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