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Careers in optics

Putting careers and eye care advice into action

ABDO has created some useful presentations that can be viewed by using the links below. You can select from presentations designed for primary school children aged 5 to 11 or secondary school children aged 12 or above. The presentations cover topics including who’s who in eye care, the sight test, eye conditions, spectacles, contact lenses and, for the older children, careers in eye care. The younger children’s presentation covers the basics of looking after your eyes, with fun questions about animals’ eyes and the senses.

ABDO’s vision for these presentations is to provide its members, dispensing opticians, with ready made presentations targeted at parent and toddler groups, primary and secondary school children, and adult interest groups so that they can go out into their local communities and spread the important public health messages around the importance of regular eye health checks in the prevention of sight threatening eye disease, thereby helping reduce the burden of sight loss which is predicted to increase from 2 million people in the UK today to 4 million by 2050.


To view the Opticians and your eyes presentation (designed for school children aged 5 to 11) click here.

To view the A career in eyecare presentation (designed for school students aged 12 or above) click here.

  • A career as a dispensing opticianOpen

    A career as a dispensing optician (DO) can be extremely rewarding. One of the many benefits that is often mentioned by members of the profession is that ‘no two days are the same’; indeed the demands in daily practice are wide, varied and constantly changing.

    Dispensing optics is a career option that suits those who, as well as having attained the basic entry requirements, enjoy problem solving and wish to strongly develop and apply the technical and communication skills acquired during their training.

    Successful dispensing requires a skilled consultation process to accurately assess the individual needs of the patient to thereby be able to recommend and provide suitable eye wear products and solutions; not least the job also requires someone with commercial awareness and expertise. Dispensing optics offers immense job satisfaction to people who are interested in combining a profession in health and social care with a mathematical/scientific knowledge base and enjoy interacting directly with the public.

    To view videos about the education and training of dispensing opticians click here.

    To download the ABDO careers brochure click here.

  • A career as an optometristOpen

    Optometrists are healthcare professionals who specialise in the eye – one of the body’s most complex organs. Optometry is about helping people to see as clearly as possible – using your skills and knowledge to make a real difference to people’s lives every day.

    To find out more click here.

  • Useful linksOpen

    For more careers information, as well as intriguing illusions and other vision related activities visit

    The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers provides training and qualifications in optical manufacturing and for optical practice support staff, for more information click here.

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