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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

OPTICIAN APPRENTICE - DISPENSING

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OPTICIAN APPRENTICE - DISPENSING
318F
Category: Health Care

Definition

Under the direction of a licensed dispensing optician, provides optical services to include, but not limited to assisting customers in the selection of eyewear frames, measuring, fitting, adjusting, and ordering of eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other optical devices as prescribed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Assists the licensed dispensing optician with the retail operations at the Eye Institute by providing customer service; cashiering; inventory; ordering eyeglass frames and contact lenses from vendors; and ensuring the accuracy and quality of optical devices dispensed and sold at the Eye Institute.  Under the direction of a licensed dispensing optician, dispenses prescription eyewear to customers.  Refers difficult or unusual issues to a licensed optician. 

Typical Work

Orders and inventories frames, contact lenses, and other items sold at the Eye Institute;  

Provides assistance to customers on frame selection and fitting; 

Sends orders to off-site lab/vendor for fabrication of eyewear and contact lenses, and ensures accuracy of returning orders; 

Operates the cash register; 

Instructs customers on eyeglass and contact lens care and use; 

Provides high level of customer service to scheduled and walk-in clients; 

Schedules appointments for patients with the retail shop’s optometry physician; 

Performs other duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

Registration in a dispensing optician apprentice program approved by the Washington State Department of Health 

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Desirable Qualifications

Registration in a dispensing optician apprentice program approved by the Washington State Department of Health.

Class Specification History

New class adopted May 14, 2009, effective May 16, 2009

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