Difference between Optometrist and Optical Dispenser

An Optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry, a health care professional whose role is to examine and diagnose for eye disease or related conditions.  An Optical Dispenser is trained to interpret optical prescriptions and fit and service optical spectacle frames and lenses.  This includes making sure lenses conform to the prescription of the eye specialist or optometrist and shaping lenses and fitting them to the frames, making sure they meet quality standards.