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What is an optician?

Laura C. Fine, MD
Ophthalmology
An optician is a technician who makes and fits eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other optical devices after they have been prescribed by an ophthalmologist (a physician who specializes in medical and surgical care of the eyes, as well as in prevention of eye disease) or optometrist (doctor of optometry who deals with vision problems).
An optician dispenses corrective lenses. The lenses are prescribed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

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