Understanding the Roles of Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians

In order to provide you with the very best service at our practice, we believe it is important to make all patients fully aware of the roles of every member of our team and the differences between the qualities and abilities that each member of our professional optical team is able to provide.


The Optometrist is qualified to perform sight test examinations and to prescribe and fit spectacles, and can test for depth and colour perception. They can also prescribe eye exercises, undertake vision therapy, and prescribe medications for the treatment of eye diseases. The optometrist is also trained to look for and identify conditions/diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. In necessary circumstances, the optometrist is able to refer patients to a GP or eye surgeon.

Dispensing Optician

The Dispensing Optician is the member of the team you see following your sight test, and is fully trained and extremely knowledgeable on optical appliances and making recommendations on suitable frames based on the requirements of your lifestyle, prescription, size, and a number of other factors. The Dispensing Optician can also give advice on contact lenses. The Dispensing Optician does not perform sight tests or contact lens assessments/consultations.

To make an appointment with an optometrist at our practice or to arrange an appointment with a member of our dispensing team, do not hesitate to book here, or call us directly at the practice today on 01268 752919.