Opticians are eye professionals who collaborate with eye doctors like optometrists to provide the best possible eyewear for patients based on eye doctors’ prescriptions. They are vital in advising and dispensing glasses and contacts. Besides, offer regular care, adjustment, and refills of eyeglasses and contact lenses. Though they are not doctors, they can address general eye care questions.
Here are some duties that they perform:
There are 3 types of opticians in Singapore. All of them are trained and qualified with the skills to refill and fit glasses according to prescriptions from optometrists or ophthalmologists .
1. Opticians (Dispensing Only) – this category can only dispense and fit glasses.
2. Opticians (Refraction and Dispensing) – this category are licensed to:
3. Opticians (Contact Lens Practice) – this category are licensed to:
From 1 January 2008, all optometrists and opticians offering eye care services have been required to register with the Optometrists & Opticians Board to work.
A person has to be registered with the Optometrists and Opticians Board and have a valid registration certificate and/or practising certificate to be qualified to practice optometry/opticianry in Singapore.
To qualify for registration, the applicant must:
1. Be qualified with an approved opticianry or optometry qualification
2. Have an offer of employment as an optician or optometry in Singapore; and
3. Be of good reputation/character.
Applicants cannot choose the type of registration they would like to apply for. The Board will review each application received and grant the appropriate type of registration .
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