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Optical Dispenser - PART TIME

Location: La Mesa, CA Job Number: 919811 Date posted: 01/04/2021

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Under limited supervision, measures pupil distance and bridgewidth, adjusts eyeglass frames and assist patients in selecting optical items to conform with corresponding optical prescriptions and established procedures.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Assists patient with optical selections.
  • Recommends and displays various designs, colors, and shapes of eyeglass frames available and compatible to patient's prescription and facial features.
  • Quotes prices from fee schedules.
  • Neutralizes spectacles with lensometer and performs measurements with pupilometer, distometer, and other progressive optical measuring devices.
  • Records frame, lens specification and other related items such as non-prescribed dark glasses and cleaning fluids.
  • Examines glasses received from laboratory to insure conformority with prescription.
  • Verifies prescription with lensometer.
  • Modifies lenses to fit frames and adjusts frames to fit patients' facial features with hand tools and related equipment as required.
  • Repairs and adjusts lens frames as requested by patients using standard hand tools and related equipment.
  • Orders or fabricates lost pair of eyeglasses to include using automatic lens edging unit, hand edger, lens layout maker, and lens tinting unit.
  • Performs other duties as required such as ordering optical supplies, assisting with periodic inventories, responding to complaints regarding lens and frame fit. Equipment Utilized: Lens analyzer, lensometer, distometer, pupilometer, hand edger, automatic edger, pattern maker, layout marker, optical hand tools used to adjust metal and plastic frames.  
  • Assume other activities and responsibilities from time to time as directed.
  • Upholds Kaiser Permanente's Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities and applicable state, federal and local laws.
  • Basic Qualifications:
  • One (1) year program plus one (1) year recent experience or two (2) years equivalent experience under direction of a Licensed Optician, Optometrist, or Opthalmologist performing Optometry Dispenser work required.
  • Per the National Agreement, current KP Coalition employees have this experience requirement waived.
  • Education
  • N/A
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • American Board of Opticianry (ABO) Certification

  • Additional Requirements:
  • Ability to use Humphrey Lens Analizer, conventional lensometer, pupilometer, distometer, progressive lens measuring devices, hand edger, salt-pan, lens tinting, unit, automatic pattern maker unit, automatic lens edging unit and lens layout procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively with the public.
  • Ability to follow oral and/or written instructions.
  • Ability to correctly measure for, prepare order and fit ophthalmic eyeglass lenses of all types including cataract and progressive power lenses.
  • Ability to adjust and correctly fit metal and plastic eyewear frames.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • N/A


    - This is a part-time float optical dispenser position. 

    - Scheduled work hours per week will be 20-32.

    This position is part of the Saturday rotation and will be required to float to all Vision Essentials locations.


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    Scheduled Weekly Hours: 21 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Part-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: B09|OPEIU|Local 30 Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Patient Care Services (Non RN) Department: Vision Essentials Travel: Yes, 100 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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