Why does my optician prescribe a lower strength lens than the machine say I need?
Have a cataract in my right eye and the machine said - 9 optician would only prescribe -4 as he said anything else would cause double vision because my left is is almost perfect for distance and just needs a +3.75 for close - why can't my bad eye be corrected to -9 confused!
Question answered by Baby
Sometimes, If the prescription is too different between the two eyes, the eyes cannot tolerate it, especially if the change is sudden. it affects your binocular vision and muscle balance and so will result in double vision. This is decided by the optician assessing how your muscles are working. Its possible that in your case, your eyes muscles cannot tolerate the full prescription, and so a compromise has to be given to prevent double vision.
With your sort of trouble, it might be wise for you to consider having a cataract operation, this will correct your prescription and get rid of the blur in that eye too, and it will balance the two eyes once more
How does an optician make lenses for eye glasses?
Does anyone have a good website where I can read about how an optician make lenses for eye glasses? From adding grade to it, coatings, transitions, and others.
Question answered by Footprintz
I don't know of any sites that show the whole process, but if you are really interested, and live in a fairly large city, there may be an optical lab nearby that would be pleased to give you a tour of the facility.
One point though, the opticians aren't the ones who grind the lenses and do the coatings, ect...those are optical technicians.
Many opticians have a small in store lab just for cutting the semi finished lenses into the frames, and doing tints...but the actual grinding of the curvatures into the blanks to create the prescription and doing the anti reflection coatings are left to the big labs.
Can an optician accept insurance without an eye doctor as part of the business?
I heard that an optician can't accept insurance without the business including an eye doctor as part of the business. Is this true? I thought I've seen opticians who accept insurance and don't have an eye doctor there.
If they can, what insurance companies allow opticians only to join their plan?
Question answered by Gnick1999
Most insurance plans allow independent opticians to accept insurance.
Some plans, such as VSP (Vision Service Plan) require a Doctor to be the primary owner.
Thanks for the question. :)
How long would it be until i get my glasses back from the optician?
Ok, so the lens of my glasses is coming off. It has been like that for a while, but the other day it almost came off but i pushed it back in and it went back to the way it was. If I send it the optician how long would it be until I get my glasses back?
P.S.- My glasses lens isn't completely coming off, but it looks a bit pushed in and I want to get them fixed before it gets worse.
Question answered by TEK33
There is no way to know unless you ask them how long to fix and then consider the mail time as well. Why are you sending them to the optician, were they on-line/mail order glasses?
If at all possible bring them to a local optical shop (rather than a chain optical), it may be a simple fix that can be taken care of on the spot.
How much does it cost for an optician to produce a retinal photograph?
My optician uses digital retinal photography but I accidently blinked when one of the photos was taken. The optician was really annoyed because apparently it costs a lot to take these and now I feel bad.
Question answered by Parker
I think he's lying... their digital so it's not using any physical material. It's all in the computer. He was probably just annoyed and wanted to make you feel bad. You shouldn't feel bad for blinking... haha don't worry about it.
What subjects are needed to become an optician?
when doing A levels. what subjects or qualifications are needed in order to become an optician - as a career.
Question answered by Alone Guy
Employers usually hire individuals with no background as an optician or as an ophthalmic laboratory technician. (See the statement on ophthalmic laboratory technicians elsewhere in the Handbook.) The employers then provide the required training. Most dispensing opticians receive training on the job or through apprenticeships lasting 2 or more years. Some employers, however, seek people with postsecondary training in the field.
Knowledge of physics, basic anatomy, algebra, and trigonometry as well as experience with computers are particularly valuable, because training usually includes instruction in optical mathematics, optical physics, and the use of precision measuring instruments and other machinery and tools. Dispensing opticians deal directly with the public, so they should be tactful, pleasant, and communicate well. Manual dexterity and the ability to do precision work are essential.
Large employers usually offer structured apprenticeship programs; small employers provide more informal, on-the-job training. About 20 States require dispensing opticians to be licensed. States may require individuals to pass one of more of the following for licensure: a State practical examination, a State written examination, and certification examinations offered by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE). To qualify for the examinations, States often require applicants to complete postsecondary training or work from 2 to 4 years as apprentices. Continuing education is commonly required for licensure renewal. Information about specific licensing requirements is available from the State board of occupational licensing. Apprenticeships or formal training programs are offered in other States as well.
Apprentices receive technical training and learn office management and sales. Under the supervision of an experienced optician, optometrist, or ophthalmologist, apprentices work directly with patients, fitting eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Formal training in the field is offered in community colleges and a few colleges and universities. In 2004, the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation accredited 24 programs that awarded 2-year associate degrees. There also are shorter programs of 1 year or less. Some States that offer a license to dispensing opticians allow graduates to take the licensure exam immediately upon graduation; others require a few months to a year of experience.
Dispensing opticians may apply to the ABO and the NCLE for certification of their skills. All applicants age 18 or older with a high school diploma or equivalent are eligible for the exam; however, some States licensing boards have additional eligibility requirements. Certification must be renewed every 3 years through continuing education. Those licensed in States where licensure renewal requirements include continuing education credits may use proof of their renewed State license to meet the recertification requirements of the ABO. Likewise, the NCLE will accept proof of renewal from any State that has contact lens requirements.
Many experienced dispensing opticians open their own optical stores. Others become managers of optical stores or sales representatives for wholesalers or manufacturers of eyeglasses or lenses.
When getting contacts does the optician have to give you a prescription for the best possible vision?
Or can I ask for a prescription that is a little less than 20/20 so I don't have to strain my eyes. I'd rather it not be too strong a prescription but will the optician allow that?
Question answered by happenst
They're certainly able to. In fact, good opticians generally give young people a slightly lower prescription that their best possible prescription - because, as you said, there can be some straining that leads to headaches, etc. It won't hurt you at all to use a lesser prescription (as long as you aren't a child), so if the first person refuses after you explain yourself, somebody else will.
Edit: In response to the below answer, having a prescription that is as strong as one can do (while one is straining) can cause headaches, especially in young people. Also, the poster is correct, an optician doesn't write prescriptions. However, he is wrong in saying that only optometrists can - any MD can write an eye prescription, though it would probably be unethical for anybody but an ophthalmologist to do so.
Can I ask an optician to alter the arms on my glasses?
I have bought them on-line and they are fab except I just need the arms altering slightly. Would it be a bit cheeky to ask another optician to alter them?
Question answered by sheila.taylor84
I have often popped into any old opticians to get my frames tightened or whatever, and never been asked if I bought them there. They don't blink. Just ask.
Can a optician find out my exact prescription?
I am planning to go to an opticians for an eye exam.I love wearing spectacles esp. the ones for short sight.Things look small and cool.I want to know if the optician can really find out that my eye sight is not bad at all for glasses.How can I pretend I cannot read the chart and act as I have real bad eyes and get a pair of spectacles.Can he find out that I am just accomodating?Pls give ur valuable suggestions.
Question answered by girlie
You shouldn't wear RX glasses just b/c they look cute. It can ruin your vision and give you horrible headaches. What you should do instead is just wear glasses made from clear glass (no RX). I also love the look of glasses and have perfect eyesight. When I was a kid, I was obsessed with getting glasses...finally my dad got me a glass pair. Anyway, that's what you should do. But really heed my advice on not wearing the prescription and trying to fooling the doctor. It could really mess with your eyesight and give you headaches and cause you diziness. Besides, the glass kind are a lot cheaper and less of a hassle.
What is the difference between an optician, optometrist, and ophthalmologist? What is the difference between?
What is the difference between an optician, optometrist, and ophthalmologist?
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Question answered by Mr.Magoo
Optician: Definition: One that makes lenses and eyeglasses.
One that sells lenses, eyeglasses, and other optical instruments. They analyze and interpret prescriptions written by ophthalmologists or optometrists to determine which eyeglasses or contact lenses are best suited to the patient's lifestyle and visual needs. may manufacture (grind) lenses from raw materials and cut them to fit into the frame.
Licensing/Eduction: may hold an associate opticianry degree or may have apprenticed for a required number of hours. Unlike optometrists and ophthamologists, opticians do not require a license and cannot conduct eye exams or treat patients.
Optometrist: Definition A person who is professionally trained and licensed to examine the eyes for visual defects, diagnose problems or impairments, and prescribe corrective lenses or provide other types of treatment. The optometrist is licensed to conduct eye exams, prescribe corrective contact lenses and glasses, and diagnose and treat eye disease. He or she will work through various vision therapies to treat abnormalities, and can prescribe drugs for the eyes. If surgery is required, the patient is sent to an ophthalmologist (M.D.). specializes in the kind of care required for routine eye exams and noninvasive therapies and treatments for eye disease. An ophthalmologist will normally have higher fees than an optometrist, and might hand off much of the routine exam to an in-house optometrist anyway. If a problem arises that can be treated with surgery or alternate therapies, the ophthalmologist might be more likely to suggest surgery, while the optometrist will likely exhaust other potential treatments first. Unless a problem exists that requires an ophthalmologist, an optometrist will likely be a more cost-effective choice for routine eye care.
Education/Licensing: An optometrist is a doctor of optometry (O.D.), rather than a medical doctor. a person that has completed at least three years of higher education at an accredited university or college is eligible to attend an accredited four-year school in optometry. This is followed by state board examinations, both written and clinical. The optometrist may then choose to complete an additional one-year residency to specialize in any number of areas including family practice, ocular disease, pediatric optometry and vision therapy.
Ophthalmologist: doctor who deals exclusively with parts of the body related to the visual passageways; that is, the eyes, the brain, and the areas around the eye, such as eyelids. An ophthalmologist will inspect the eye for disease, and may perform surgery on the eyes if necessary. In some cases, an ophthalmologist may be able to identify problems that aren't related to vision, such as brain tumors or diabetes mellitus.
An ophthalmologist is a physician who specializes in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system and in the prevention of eye disease and injury. They provide a full spectrum of care including routine eye exams, diagnosis and medical treatment of eye disorders and diseases, prescriptions for eyeglasses, surgery, and management of eye problems that are caused by systemic illnesses.
Education/Licensing: Ophthalmologists can be medical doctors (M.D.) or doctors of osteopathy (D.O.);is a fully licensed medical doctor who is qualified to practice surgery, while an optometrist has completed a graduate degree in optometry. Licensed by the state; After completing 4 years of undergraduate study at a college or university, ophthalmologists attend 4 years of medical school to obtain an M.D. or D.O. degree. After graduating from medical school, they complete a 1-year internship and 3 years of training in ophthalmology in a residency program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Following residency, ophthalmologists may enroll in a 1- to 2-year fellowship program. Ophthalmologists are licensed by a state regulatory board to practice medicine and surgery. In addition, they are board certified, which means that they have passed a rigorous two-part examination that tests their knowledge and ability to provide expert care. The examination is administered by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and if the doctor passes, he or she becomes a board-certified ophthalmologist.
Optometrists deal with prescribing glasses or contact lenses for vision problems, but cannot use surgery to correct vision problems, as an ophthalmologist (fully licensed medical doctor specializing in eyes) can. Opticians can only fill a prescription for lenses/glasses.