What is the range or percentage of dispensing options employed each year ?
I have to do an assignment on an organisation and was wondering if I could get my statistics right as I have to write on dispensing opticians ,
Thanks a lot !
Question answered by Zarg222
all of them?
is there a difference in an optometrist and a dispensing optician?
I'm thinking of doing optometry at university but i was reading in salaires an optometrist earns more than a dispensing optician, was just wondering if there are different courses needed or if its a further qualification needed to be an optometrist?
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Question answered by origamidrake
YES of COURSE!!
-4 years of undergraduate study
-4 years of graduate school at an accredited optometry school.
-Take the OAT admission exam
-Write personal statement and fill out application to apply for school.
-3-5 letters of recommendation from doctors and professors
-optional 1 year residency
-72 hours of Boards exam to receive your licensing as a practitioner.
-Treat eye diseases such as glaucoma, foreign body removal, prescribe glasses and contact lenses.
-Pre and post op laser correction care.
-Prescribe pharmaceaticals such as antibiotics and steroids.
-Does tests such as tonometry, BIO, refraction, visual field tests, slit lamp exams, etc.
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-No formal requirements
-No national organization to help fight for your rights.
-Helps you pick stylish glasses.
Tools needed for a dispensing optician course and to be a dispensing optician?
im studying to be a dispensing optician and start the course soon,
apart from a calculator. i was wondering what tools and books would i need to help me on the course.
i live in the uk.
Question answered by Footprintz
Surely once you are enrolled and actually start the course, all the text books and any tools needed will be supplied, or at least they will inform you of what they want you to have at that point.
How do I get an opticians license in California? Where do I start?
I have worked at an optometry for a little over a year now. I really want to advance through the company I have been doing lab work also adjusting glasses and measuring PD and Seg ht. I want to get a formal Opticians license. What are the steps I need to take?
Question answered by GingerinLV
Your right next door to Nevada and Arizona which are actual "Licensed" states! And the pay rate is MUCH higher! As far as I'm aware, in California you only need your ABO and NCLE certifications. Once you pass those tests, I believe you go to the BBB and purchase a license. I live in Nevada, so I could be wrong about where you go to buy the license. If (in the future) you decide to leave Cali, head over to Nevada! We're the highest paying state for licensing! Average wage is between $60,000 and $70,000/yr depending on where you work. Compared to about $35,000/yr in California. And that's a base pay, excluding any commissions or perc's. Requirements are much higher, but worth it in the long run. For more info you can go to the Nevada Board of Ophthalmic Dispensing website and check it out.
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.
How much do opticians make a year?
I always wanted to be an optician! And now I am studying to be one! But the the thing I always question is how much does a optician make a year? starting and over time? And how much does a optician make as an employ and as a optician that owns there own place?
Question answered by laxmana rao y
The first answer gives those details. But why are you confusing between optician and optometrist. Being a student you should know the difference. Optician dispenses glasses. Optometrist is a person trained and certified to test patients and prescribe glasses.
Is an optometrist the same as an optician?
I thought about studying with Penn Foster to become an optician but I don't want to waste my time or money if I have to have some type of degree. I would just be getting a diploma.
Question answered by Simpson G
Nope, they are not the same thing.
Opticians essentially dispense prescriptions for eyeglasses. Optometrists do eye exams and are medical doctors.
You need to see what your state requires for opticians. Some states require degrees and a license. Others allow speciality diploma programs. You'll also need to look at the job market for your area to see what employers want. If every employer wants APO credentials and more schooling that you are getting, then your time may not be well spent in this program...
Is Optometry the right course to becoming an Optician? If not, what is?
I am thinking of doing 'Optometry' at a university, preferably Aston. But i was wondering is this the actual course to become an optician? If it is not, what is?
Question answered by The Open University
As a starting point, have a look at the Prospects website for information on the role and training required for a career in optometry or as a dispensing optician, see: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/links/occupations - use the ‘a- z’ section to go to the optometry and optician (dispensing) job profiles. You will see that the roles and training routes are not exactly the same. You may also find it useful to have a look at other related occupational areas at http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/; for example, see the entry on Orthoptist, within the ‘Careers A –Z’ section, to find information on the role, training and entry requirements.
For details of available courses and application deadlines see: http://ucas.com/students/coursesearch/. Contact the relevant admissions officer for advice if you have any additional queries about entry requirements.
You may also wish to contact the professional body to find out more about each of these occupational areas, or if you have any other specific queries:
http://www.optical.org/ - The General Optical Council (GOC)
http://www.abdo.org.uk/ - Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)
I do hope this information is useful. Good luck with your career planning!
Anywhere apart from opticians to get prescription lenses fitted into glasses frames?
Ok so I bought a new pair of glasses frames and they were £90- not cheap. Anyway when I went to my opticians to get the prescription lenses fitted, they had raised the price from £30 to £70 in the space of a few weeks! I decided to leave it as it's way too much and I was wondering if there are other ways of getting prescription lenses fitted?
Question answered by Footprintz
Get a copy of your prescription and shop around at other optical stores.
You can't get them at a plumbers , or electrician , or shoe store....so opticians are your only choice, but the prices could vary a lot depending where you go.
Go to a dispensing optician , not an eye dr's office.
The UK complicates things by calling them both by the same name.
How should I clean my new glasses?
I just purchased my first pair of glasses yesterday. The optician did not give me any tips for cleaning and I'm a little confused.
Should I wash them in soap and water as most websites suggest? Or will that cause rust over time?
Can I use computer screen cleaner on them?
Or should I buy a solution just for my glasses?
Would plain water do the trick?
Thanks in advance!
Question answered by Ed
Everytime I dispense a pair of glasses, here is what I say (we give the patient a 2 oz bottle of eyeglass cleaner spray, a cleaning cloth and a small two sided screwdriver set (straight edge and phillips - for "emergency repairs") for no charge. Anyway, here is what I always say:
"What we always want you to do is wet your lenses down, both sides, with the spray we give you and wipe them off with the cloth we provide. If you don't use the spray, use nothing else but water. If you don't use our cloth, use a soft, clean cloth or a handkerchief. The biggest thing is, though, NEVER wipe them off while they're dry because the First time you do, you'll begin the scratching process".
When I started doing this, we had 3 or 4 returns a month for scratched lenses. After I started doing this, we may have 1 or 2 every couple months (if that).
As a lighthearted sidebar, If you notice I now say "both sides" because I had a woman come back in and the back side of her lenses were really scratched. I asked her if she had wet down her lenses and she said she always did. I didn't understand why the back of the lenses were scratched and not the front and she said "you didn't tell me to wet down the back of the lenses". And so now I include "both sides" when I am talking about wetting the lenses down.
And, even though I just say use water, a mild, non-abrasive soap can be used also.