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The Dispensing Optician A presentation by: The National Academy of Opticianry
What is a Dispensing Optician? <ul><li>Defined by the United States Department Of Labor : </li></ul>Dispensing opticians f...
Why is Being an Optician  Right for You? <ul><li>On the job training through  </li></ul><ul><li>apprenticeship programs </...
Responsibilities  <ul><li>Fill written prescriptions of lenses  </li></ul><ul><li>Create work orders  </li></ul><ul><li>Wo...
Responsibilities <ul><li>Teach costumer proper use and care of contact </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare work orders with the pres...
Responsibilities <ul><li>Organize past prescriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Organize past work orders </li></ul><ul><li>Track p...
Valuable Skills  <ul><li>Physics </li></ul><ul><li>Basic anatomy </li></ul><ul><li>Algebra </li></ul><ul><li>Trigonometry ...
Employment Statistics  (Provided by U.S. Department of Labor)   <ul><li>Dispensing opticians held about 66,000 jobs in 200...
Potential Earnings  (Provided by U.S. Department of Labor) <ul><li>Health and personal care stores-$30,890 </li></ul><ul><...
Certifications  <ul><li>Successful completion of the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE) </li></ul><ul><li>R...
State Licensing  <ul><li>About 20 States require a license </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfillment of the required experience and ed...
The National Academy of Opticianry Dedicated to Education  and Training
Who is the National Academy?   <ul><li>The National Academy of Opticianry is an international organization dedicated solel...
Membership  <ul><li>Associate Member (NAO) </li></ul><ul><li>Fellow Member (FNAO) </li></ul>Levels of Membership :  <ul><l...
Membership Membership Benefits <ul><li>Negotiated room rates in conjunction  </li></ul><ul><li>with  Vision Expo West  </l...
Educational Materials   Test Preparation <ul><li>ABO Renewal </li></ul><ul><li>NCLE Renewal </li></ul><ul><li>State Renewa...
The Ophthalmic Career Progression Program (OCPP)  Objectives   <ul><li>To increase the competency level of ophthalmic disp...
Outline of Material Covered: OCPP VOLUME TWO : Ophthalmic Frames Ophthalmic Instrumentation Lens Ordering Considerations F...
The Ophthalmic Career Progression Program (OCPP) Completion Requirements <ul><li>Successful completion of  </li></ul><ul><...
Seminars  <ul><li>Exciting JCAHPO courses  </li></ul><ul><li>with well-qualified  </li></ul><ul><li>professionals </li></u...
Defining Industry Standards <ul><li>Working with State Governments  </li></ul><ul><li>to approve licensing training </li><...
How can the NAO help you?  <ul><li>Provide the most up to date approved  </li></ul><ul><li>study materials for ABO/NCLE ex...
How can the NAO help you? <ul><li>An association that has you, the member in the heart of its  </li></ul><ul><li>concerns ...
Contact Information  <ul><li>Telephone: </li></ul><ul><li>301/577-4828 </li></ul><ul><li>800/229-4828  </li></ul><ul><li>F...
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The Dispensing Optician

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

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