An Optician is an optical professional that fits patients with eyeglasses and contact lenses that have been prescribed by an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist. An optician may manufacture lenses, verify prescriptions, take personalized measurements that optimize visual acuity, neutralize prescriptions from current glasses, adjust eyewear, trouble-shoot existing eyewear and ensure patient comfort and satisfaction.
Opticians specialize in identifying which optical products would work best for each individual by understanding how they will be using their eyewear on a daily basis. They will most likely collect information on work environment, hobbies and personal style to help achieve the best possible vision possible.
Besides being a medical necessity, eye glasses have become a huge fashion industry. High end designers are constantly changing the trends and opticians are there to keep up on the latest styles. They can help their patients find eyewear that not only functions well but makes them look great too!
Many opticians have years of experience fitting a myriad of patients with various needs and are experts in the technical aspects of eyewear. They are a valuable resource when navigating the deluge of optical products available today.
Opticians can be trained various methods. Some are formally educated in colleges that offer associates degrees in the field. They can also be trained on the job through apprenticeship programs to learn the trade. Requirements for opticians vary from state to state. New Hampshire dictates that all opticians must register with the state every two years and must complete continuing education credits each period in order to maintain their registration as a dispensing optician. All opticians must display their state registration for patients to see. This ensures that all opticians in the state are up to date on the latest advances that will benefit their patients.
Opticians may also obtain certification through national organizations. The American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners administer voluntary examinations to certify opticians and contact lens technicians. While these certifications are not required in New Hampshire, opticians that are certified will usually display their certification with their state registration.
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