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.
What is the average pay rate for a certified ophthalmic assistant in the CA central coast area?
I would like to know what the average hourly pay rate is for a California certified ophthalmic assistant and a California certified ophthalmic Technition is,
Question answered by Piggiepants
From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2004-2007
Median hourly earnings of ophthalmic laboratory technicians were $11.40 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $9.33 and $14.67 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.89, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $17.61 an hour. Median hourly earnings of ophthalmic laboratory technicians in May 2004 were $10.88 in health and personal care stores and $10.79 in medical equipment and supplies manufacturing
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians—also known as manufacturing opticians, optical mechanics, or optical goods workers—make prescription eyeglass or contact lenses. Prescription lenses are curved in such a way that light is correctly focused onto the retina of the patient’s eye, improving his or her vision. Some ophthalmic laboratory technicians manufacture lenses for other optical instruments, such as telescopes and binoculars. Ophthalmic laboratory technicians cut, grind, edge, and finish lenses according to specifications provided by dispensing opticians, optometrists, or ophthalmologists and may insert lenses into frames to produce finished glasses. Although some lenses still are produced by hand, technicians are increasingly using automated equipment to make lenses.
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians should not be confused with workers in other vision care occupations. Ophthalmologists and optometrists are “eye doctors” who examine eyes, diagnose and treat vision problems, and prescribe corrective lenses. Ophthalmologists are physicians who perform eye surgery. Dispensing opticians, who also may do the work of ophthalmic laboratory technicians, help patients select frames and lenses, and adjust finished eyeglasses. (See the statement on physicians and surgeons, which includes ophthalmologists, as well as the statements on optometrists and opticians, dispensing, elsewhere in the Handbook.)
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians read prescription specifications, select standard glass or plastic lens blanks, and then mark them to indicate where the curves specified on the prescription should be ground. They place the lens in the lens grinder, set the dials for the prescribed curvature, and start the machine. After a minute or so, the lens is ready to be “finished” by a machine that rotates it against a fine abrasive, to grind it and smooth out rough edges. The lens is then placed in a polishing machine with an even finer abrasive, to polish it to a smooth, bright finish.
Next, the technician examines the lens through a lensometer, an instrument similar in shape to a microscope, to make sure that the degree and placement of the curve are correct. The technician then cuts the lenses and bevels the edges to fit the frame, dips each lens into dye if the prescription calls for tinted or coated lenses, polishes the edges, and assembles the lenses and frame parts into a finished pair of glasses.
In small laboratories, technicians usually handle every phase of the operation. In large ones, in which virtually every phase of the operation is automated, technicians may be responsible for operating computerized equipment. Technicians also inspect the final product for quality and accuracy.
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians start on simple tasks if they are trained to produce lenses by hand. They may begin with marking or blocking lenses for grinding; then, they progress to grinding, cutting, edging, and beveling lenses; finally, they are trained in assembling the eyeglasses. Depending on individual aptitude, it may take up to 6 months to become proficient in all phases of the work.
Employers filling trainee jobs prefer applicants who are high school graduates. Courses in science, mathematics, and computers are valuable; manual dexterity and the ability to do precision work are essential. Technicians using automated systems will find computer skills valuable.
A very small number of ophthalmic laboratory technicians learn their trade in the Armed Forces or in the few programs in optical technology offered by vocational-technical institutes or trade schools. These programs have classes in optical theory, surfacing and lens finishing, and the reading and applying of prescriptions. Programs vary in length from 6 months to 1 year and award certificates or diplomas.
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians can become supervisors and managers. Some become dispensing opticians, although further education or training generally is required in that occupation.
How to become an optician/optometrist?
Hey, I wanted to know how to become an optician/optometrist? (Basically the person who tests your eyes at the clinic.)
I heard (but I'm not sure) that you should achieve GSCE grades A-C
Then get 3A-levels two of which have to be science based or 320 for ucas points
Then get a BSc degree in Healthcare Science (Ophthalmic and Vision Science) which is the standard 3 years at university. Then continue with further training.
But I was just wondering if this is right, if not can you let me know how to become one (as much detail as possible please) or any extra advice on how to become an optician/optometrist. If you have any personal stories or know of any, that would be great.
Thank you very much in advance, your time and effort is appreciated :)
Thank you in advance
Question answered by David
To become an optometrist you need an optometry degree. To become an optician you need to take a degree that is usually called "ophthalmic dispensing". Here is a list of all approved optometry degrees and ophthalmic dispensing degrees in the UK:
As you can see on that website, there are nine UK universities that offer approved optometry degrees (which usually take three years, and after that you have to complete a practical year, the so-called "pre-registration placement"), and six UK universities and colleges that offer approved ophthalmic dispensing degrees (usually three years).
For optometry you usually need A level grades of AAA-AAB, including AA in two science subjects. (But each university is different so it pays off to check each one.) Also, you need to achieve at least a 2:2 in the optometry degree to qualify for the pre-registration placement. (But at most universities only a very small proportion of students doesn't achieve a 2:2.)
For ophthalmic dispensing you usually need A level grades of BB-CC including one science depending on the university/college, but again it pays off to check each one individually.
What is it like to have a career where you work with eyes?
I'm looking forward to a bright future, and I definitely see myself working with the human body. I'm most fascinated with the eyes, and I was wondering what jobs are available that deals with eyes and which are most efficient. Like, maybe one where I help patients find out if they should prescribe for glasses or something.
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Question answered by Laura in North Carolina
Some careers that deal with eyes:
Ophthalmic Medical Technician/Technologist
How many medical proffessions can you name?
I'm pretty sure I want to do something in the medical field, but Im not sure what. Name all the jobs you can think of and any details you can give on each of them. Also, please tell if you would like that job for yourself.
Whoever gives the best/longest list gets the points.
Question answered by rtfm
Found easily enough by googling "list of medical professions"
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Whats the difference between an optometrist and an opthomologist and an optician?
Question answered by eyetek67
An Optometrist specializes in refraction and contact lens fittings. In some states they can prescribe some eye medications. They have completed Optometry School. They have the letters O.D after their name.
An Ophthalmologist has completed medical school...they are M.D with a specialty in Eyes......(compare to primary medical doctor to an Oncologist. Ophthalmologist can perform surgery where an O.D and an optician can not.
Opticians are licensed people that specialize in the making and dispensing of actual eyeglasses.
I am a COA (certified ophthalmic assistant) I work for an Ophthalmologist.
What is the difference between an optician, ophthamologist, and an optometrist????
Can someone please let me know, Thanks!
Question answered by Spectacle
Ophthalmologist, Optometrist and Optician - what's the difference .........
According to AAO "The distinction between ophthalmology and optometry is a frequent source of confusion. In addition to the fact that both are concerned with eye care, several other factors contribute to this misunderstanding. One is the fact that optometrists are often referred to as "eye doctors" although, unlike ophthalmologists, they do not have medical degrees."
An Optometrist receives a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree, he or she is licensed to practice optometry, not medicine. The practice of optometry traditionally involves examining the eye for the prescription and dispensing of corrective lenses and detection and non-surgical management of certain limited eye diseases. There are considerable state-by-state differences in optometric scope of practice, with some states permitting use of more pharmaceutical agents than others.
In comparison, the scope of an ophthalmologist's practice is much broader.
An Ophthalmologist is a Medical Doctor (M.D.) who specializes in all aspects of eye care including diagnosis, management and surgery of ocular diseases and disorders. The difference between the training of an optometrist and that of an ophthalmologist is considerable. An optometrist may have only seven years of training after high school, consisting of three to four years of college and four years in an optometric college. An ophthalmologist receives a minimum of 12 years of education beyond high school, which typically includes four years of college, four years of medical school, one or more years of general medical or surgical training, and three or more years in a hospital-based eye residency program. This is often followed by one or more years of subspecialty fellowship.
Beyond the study of correction of refractive errors, optometrists have limited exposure in training for patients with eye disorders or disease. In contrast, ophthalmologists have a full medical education, followed by extensive clinical and surgical training in ophthalmology, with thousands of hours devoted to care and treatment of a much larger volume of sick patients.
An Optician adjusts and fits optical products such as glasses. Some employers hire individuals with no background in opticianry. Training may be informal, on-the-job or formal apprenticeship. Others seek people with college level training in opticianry.
Formal opticianry training is offered in community colleges and a few colleges and universities. In 1993, there were about 40 programs. Of these, 23 were accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation and awarded 2-year associate degrees in ophthalmic dispensing or optometric technology. There are also shorter programs, including some less than 1 year. Some states that license dispensing opticians allow graduates to take the licensure exam immediately upon graduation; others require a few months to a year of experience.
What is the best cure for eye floaters?
I have eye floaters, occasional flashes etc. and its really starting to get irritating. I have read that there's no real cure for it but what are some of the remedies or solutions that people have had luck with? Thanks
Question answered by Dj
Most commonly, there is no treatment recommended. The dangers outweigh the possible benefits - you do not want to mess with your eyes unless you have to. Having said this any sudden increase in floaters should be checked by an optician, optometrist or your doctor as there may be an underlying cause.
* Vitrectomy may be successful in treating more severe cases; however, the procedure is typically not warranted in those with lesser symptoms due to the potential for complications to include cataracts, retinal detachment, and severe infection. The technique usually involves making three openings through the sclera known as the pars plana. Of these small gauge instruments, one is an infusion port to resupply a saline solution and maintain the pressure of the eye, the second is a fiber optic light source, and the third is a vitrector. The vitrector has a reciprocating cutting tip attached to a suction device. This design reduces traction on the retina via the vitreous material. A variant sutureless, self-sealing technique is sometimes used.
* Laser Vitreolysis. In this procedure an ophthalmic laser (usually an Yttrium aluminium garnet "YAG" laser) is focused onto the floater and in a series of brief bursts, the laser vaporizes and lyses (cuts) the collagen strands making up the solids component of the floater. Laser treatment is not widely practiced and is only performed by very few specialists in the world. It is an outpatient process, which is much less invasive to the eye than a vitrectomy, with fewer side effects. 
What jobs do you think will be most needed in 3 years?
If you guys could tell me technician jobs that you think will be needed, I will be glad.
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Question answered by Freefromdrama
Medical, Dental, and Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians- Dept of Labor website
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos238.htm ( Go to this website to view full descriptions of these professions) Employment change. Overall employment for these occupations is expected to grow 14 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations.
Around 58 percent of jobs were in medical equipment and supplies manufacturing, usually in small, privately owned businesses.Most technicians learn their craft on the job, but many employers prefer to hire those with formal training.Faster than average employment growth is expected for dental and ophthalmic laboratory technicians, while average employment growth is expected for medical appliance technicians. Job opportunities should be favorable because few people seek these positions.
When patients require a medical device to help them see clearly, chew and speak well, or walk, their healthcare providers send requests to medical, dental, and ophthalmic laboratory technicians. These technicians produce a variety of implements to help patients.
Medical appliance technicians construct, fit, maintain, and repair braces, artificial limbs, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances. They follow prescriptions or detailed instructions from podiatrists, orthotists, prosthetists or other healthcare professionals for patients who need them because of a birth defect, disease, accident, or amputation.
For O&P technicians, creating orthoses and prostheses takes several steps. First, technicians construct or receive a plaster cast of the patient's limb or foot to use as a pattern. Increasingly, technicians are using digital files sent by the prescribing practitioner who uses a scanner and uploads the images using computer software.
Dental laboratory technicians fill prescriptions from dentists for crowns, bridges, dentures, and other dental prosthetics. First, dentists send a prescription or work authorization for each item to be manufactured, along with an impression or mold of the patient's mouth or teeth. With new technology, a technician may receive a digital impression rather than a physical mold. Then dental laboratory technicians, also called dental technicians, create a model of the patient's mouth by pouring plaster into the impression and allowing it to set.
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians—also known as manufacturing opticians, optical mechanics, or optical goods workers—make prescription eyeglass or contact lenses. Ophthalmic laboratory technicians cut, grind, edge, polish, and finish lenses according to specifications provided by dispensing opticians, optometrists, or ophthalmologists.
Work environment. Medical, dental, and ophthalmic laboratory technicians generally work in clean, well-lighted, and well-ventilated laboratories. They have limited contact with the public. Most salaried laboratory technicians work 40 hours a week, but a few work part time.
Can answer the following questions about a lensmeter?
-Explain the lensmeter and how it works. Is it in any way similar to a periscope?
-Illustrate the importance of the optical device or technology in optomology
-Talk about how the lensmeter has changed the field of work in question (has it made things easier, faster? Was it simply not possible to do this kind of work without this technology? Can you compare how the work was done prior to the use of said optical device?
-Talk about the qualifications (level of schooling, years of training, what you would need to take in University or College and the marks you would need to get in to those courses)
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A lensmeter or lensometer, also known as a focimeter, is an ophthalmic instrument. It is mainly used by optometrists and opticians to verify the correct prescription in a pair of eyeglasses, to properly orient and mark uncut lenses, and to confirm the correct mounting of lenses in spectacle frames. Lensmeters can also verify the power of contact lenses, if a special lens support is used.
The parameters appraised by a lensmeter are the values specified by an ophthalmologist or optometrist on the patient's prescription: sphere, cylinder, axis, add, and in some cases, prism. The lensmeter is also used to check the accuracy of progressive lenses, and is often capable of marking the lens center and various other measurements critical to proper performance of the lens. It may also be used prior to an eye examination to obtain the last prescription the patient was given, in order to expedite the subsequent examination.