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An optician, or dispensing optician, is a technical practitioner who designs, fits and dispenses corrective lenses for the correction of a person's vision. Opticians determine the specifications of various ophthalmic appliances that will give the necessary correction to a person's eyesight. Opticians work in various settings including doctor’s offices, retail locations, and independent shops.
Ohio opticians are licensed under chapter 4725 of the Ohio Revised Code. There are three paths to licensure in Ohio:
Applicants for licensure must be 18 years of age, be of good moral character, and be a graduate of an accredited high school or have attained an educational equivalent, such as a GED. Applicants must also pass a National Qualifying Exam administered by either the American Board of Opticianry (spectacle dispensers) and/or the National Contact Lens Examiners (dual or contact lens dispeners). Passage of a background check is also required for licensure.
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