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In depth description of what a dispensing optician is and how to become a dispensing optician

In depth description of what a dispensing optician is and how to become a dispensing optician

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  • 1. The Dispensing Optician A presentation by: The National Academy of Opticianry
  • 2. What is a Dispensing Optician?
    • Defined by the United States Department Of Labor :
    Dispensing opticians fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions written by ophthalmologists or optometrists.
  • 3. Why is Being an Optician Right for You?
    • On the job training through
    • apprenticeship programs
    • Study at home programs offer
    • education while working full
    • time
    • Available certification to
    • distinguish yourself in the field
    • Variety of offices with need for
    • opticians
  • 4. Responsibilities
    • Fill written prescriptions of lenses
    • Create work orders
    • Work with costumers
    • Guide costumer through lens and frame selection
    • Perform quality control checks
    Spectacles
  • 5. Responsibilities
    • Teach costumer proper use and care of contact
    • Prepare work orders with the prescription and lens size
    • Select the type of contact lens material
    • Ensure correct fitting of contacts
    Contact Lenses
  • 6. Responsibilities
    • Organize past prescriptions
    • Organize past work orders
    • Track payments
    • Track inventory and sales
    Administrative
  • 7. Valuable Skills
    • Physics
    • Basic anatomy
    • Algebra
    • Trigonometry
    • Mathematics and Science Knowledge
    • Good with hands and
    • precision work
    • Computer experience
    • Good communication
  • 8. Employment Statistics (Provided by U.S. Department of Labor)
    • Dispensing opticians held about 66,000 jobs in 2004
    • Nearly one-third worked in health and personal care stores
    • About 30 percent of dispensing opticians worked in offices of other health practitioners
    • Over 10 percent worked in
    • offices of physicians
    • Nearly 6 percent are self-
    • employed
  • 9. Potential Earnings (Provided by U.S. Department of Labor)
    • Health and personal care stores-$30,890
    • Offices of physicians- $30,560
    • Offices of other health practitioners -$26,970
    Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of dispensing opticians in May 2004 were:
  • 10. Certifications
    • Successful completion of the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE)
    • Renewal of Certification every three years
    • Successful completion of the the
    • Contact Lens Registry
    • Examination (CLRE)
    • Renewal of Certification every
    • three years
    ABO Certification Requirements NCLE Certification Requirements
  • 11. State Licensing
    • About 20 States require a license
    • Fulfillment of the required experience and education set by the guidelines of each individual state
    • Completion of a state administered exam
  • 12. The National Academy of Opticianry Dedicated to Education and Training
  • 13. Who is the National Academy?
    • The National Academy of Opticianry is an international organization dedicated solely to education and training for all opticians.
    What do we offer?
    • Membership
    • Educational Materials
    • Ophthalmic Career Progression Program
    • Educational Seminars
    Mission Statement:
  • 14. Membership
    • Associate Member (NAO)
    • Fellow Member (FNAO)
    Levels of Membership :
    • Discounted quality education
    • Educational seminars with 60%
    • savings
    • Availability of affordable health
    • insurance
    • No-fee credit card through MBNA
    Membership Benefits
  • 15. Membership Membership Benefits
    • Negotiated room rates in conjunction
    • with Vision Expo West
    • Free subscriptions to 20/20 Magazine
    • Free nation-wide Job-Bank to post
    • open positions
    • Free Continuing Education in the Academy’s
    • Newsletter
    • Availability to Professional Liability Insurance
    • Discounted Continuing Education
  • 16. Educational Materials Test Preparation
    • ABO Renewal
    • NCLE Renewal
    • State Renewal Credits
    Official ABO Masters Preparation Continuing Education
    • ABO
    • NCLE
    • State Practical
  • 17. The Ophthalmic Career Progression Program (OCPP) Objectives
    • To increase the competency level of ophthalmic dispensers
    • To improve eye care through increased knowledge, skill, and
    • competency procedures
    • Be high school graduates, GED or
    • foreign equivalent
    • Be employed in an optical position
    • Have a qualified sponsor
    Entrance Requirements
  • 18. Outline of Material Covered: OCPP VOLUME TWO : Ophthalmic Frames Ophthalmic Instrumentation Lens Ordering Considerations Final Inspection ~ Quality Control VOLUME THREE Dispensing Procedures Presbyopia Low Vision Correction Understanding Today's Anti-Reflective Lenses Special Vision Problems Optical Marketing & Management VOLUME ONE: Introduction, How to Study, History Basic Optic Principles Ophthalmic Terminology Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye Optical Math Review
  • 19. The Ophthalmic Career Progression Program (OCPP) Completion Requirements
    • Successful completion of
    • monitored, multiple-choice
    • examinations for four exams
    • with a score of 70% or higher
    • Demonstrated clinical
    • competency as attested by
    • a sponsor
  • 20. Seminars
    • Exciting JCAHPO courses
    • with well-qualified
    • professionals
    • Extensive ABO/NCLE Exam
    • preparation courses
    • NAO holds several seminars
    • in Florida and California
    • Quality Continuing education
    • with approachable and
    • enthusiastic instructors
  • 21. Defining Industry Standards
    • Working with State Governments
    • to approve licensing training
    • Ambassador programs
    • to reach out to
    • communities
    • Working in coordination with leading industry
    • associations to develop apprentice standards
    • through the Department of Labor
  • 22. How can the NAO help you?
    • Provide the most up to date approved
    • study materials for ABO/NCLE exams
    • Access to free and discounted
    • continuing education
    • Provide you with the very best in education
    • Prepare you for the industry with intensive programs
    • such as the OCPP
  • 23. How can the NAO help you?
    • An association that has you, the member in the heart of its
    • concerns
    • Sense of community in the growing realm of the optical
    • industry
    • Helpful staff always willing to answer questions
    • Invaluable place for information about field
    • Help with job searches through
    • our online job bank
    • Links to other associations and
    • information through our website
  • 24. Contact Information
    • Telephone:
    • 301/577-4828
    • 800/229-4828
    • Fax:
    • 301/577-3880
    • Address:
    • 8401 Corporate Drive
    • Suite 605
    • Landover, Maryland 20785
    • Electronic mail:
    • General Information: [email_address]
    • Education: [email_address]
    • Member Services: [email_address]