£11,960 Average salary at age 20
£23,920 Average Salary
32 Average hours per week


Dispensing opticians supply, fit and service spectacles, contact lenses and other optical aids in accordance with a prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Main Tasks

  • Interprets prescription and measures patient’s face to determine distance between pupil centres, height of bridge of nose, etc.;
  • Advises patient on lens type and choice of spectacle frames;
  • Prepares detailed instructions for workshop;
  • Ensures that completed spectacles conform to specification and fit the patient correctly and comfortably;
  • Fits spectacles and advises patient on lens care and any other difficulties likely to be experienced.


Entry is most common with GCSEs/S grades or equivalent qualifications or experience, followed by up to three years training approved by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). Full-time, day-release or distance-learning options are available.

What Dispensing opticians studied in higher education

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What Dispensing opticians studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L3) Sociology3
(B5) Ophthalmics67
(C1) Biology2
(C8) Psychology6
(V4) Archaeology2
(W6) Cinematics & photography2
(A3) Clinical medicine2
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering2
(R1) French studies1
(M2) Law by topic1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine3
(B4) Nutrition2
(L5) Social work1
(N2) Management studies2
(V1) History by period5
(I1) Computer science2

UK Prospects

11100 Workforce Size
4.01% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
694 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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