Magazine article Techniques

Optician

Magazine article Techniques

Optician

Article excerpt

AN OPTICIAN, AS DESCRIBED BY THE OPTICIANS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (OAA), IS "A HEALTH professional specially trained to supply prepare and dispense optical appliances through interpretation of written prescriptions." Opticians adapt and fit corrective eyewear or vision aids, as prescribed by doctors (such as ophthalmologists or optometrists). Their duties might include assisting patients with selection of the proper frames and lenses, as well as maintaining patient, inventory, supply and equipment maintenance records. They may also be involved in sales and office management.

The Workplace

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls), about half of all opticians worked in optometrists' or physicians' offices in 2014. Other opticians worked in stores, ranging from stand-alone businesses to large retailers and department stores that sell eyeglasses, contact lenses, visual aids and other optical goods.

Education

oaa notes that 23 states require opticians to be licensed, and licensure usually requires completion of formal education through an approved program or apprenticeship. Additionally, continuing education maybe required to maintain licensure. A number of community colleges and technical schools offer both two-year associate degree programs, as well as oneyear certificate programs. …

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