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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.
An optician may complete a training program or an apprenticeship.
Some states do not require a person to complete a program to be licensed as an optician.
Current as of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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