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Optometric technician/assistants help optometrists in providing patient care, administering examinations and treatments, and performing office administrative functions.

Formal training includes instruction in applied anatomy and physiology of the eye, visual testing, patient communication, patient preparation, medications and administration, dispensing and fitting of eyeglasses and contact lenses, record-keeping, and office management skills.


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Optometric Technology
A career advisory

Optometric technology is one of a relatively few technology occupations one can enter with no more than a high-school diploma or GED.  This is not to suggest that it is the best way to enter the profession, however.  An associate's degree in any technical area and board certification is the ideal way to enter the profession. But .. hey. Start working for an optometrist out of high school, get some on-the-job experience and do the additional education in the evenings.

Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician

Ophthalmic dispensing optician adapt and fit corrective eyewear, including eyeglasses and contact lenses, as prescribed by ophthalmologists or optometrists; to assist patients in selecting appropriate frames; and to prepare work orders for ophthalmic laboratory technicians.

Training includes instruction in geometrical optics, ophthalmic optics, anatomy of the eye, optical instrumentation, use and maintenance of adjustment and cleaning tools, prescription interpretation, contact lens adaptation and fitting, prosthesis fitting, facial and eye measuring, pathology identification, record-keeping, and patient and business administrative tasks.

Optometric Technician/Assistant

Optometric technician/assistants help optometrists in providing patient care, administering examinations and treatments, and performing office administrative functions.

Training includes instruction in applied anatomy and physiology of the eye, visual testing, patient communication, patient preparation, medications and administration, dispensing and fitting of eyeglasses and contact lenses, record-keeping, and office management skills.

Optometric Technician/Technologist

Technician/technologists assist ophthalmologists and optometrists in examining and treating patients with vision problems, vision disorders, and eye diseases.

Training Includes instruction in taking patient histories, administering directed treatments and topical medications, diagnostic test procedures and equipment operation, anatomical and functional ocular measurements, patient care and instruction, ophthalmic and surgical equipment maintenance, safety and sterilization procedures, and office administrative procedures.

Orthoptics/Orthoptist

Orthoptics/rthoptists, under the supervision of ophthalmologists, analyze, evaluate, and treat specific disorders of vision, eye movement, and eye alignment in children and adults.

A study program includes instruction in eye anatomy, neuroanatomy, physiology, pharmacology, ophthalmic optics, diagnostic testing and measurement, orthoptic treatment therapy, systemic ocular diseases and disorders, principles of surgery, examination techniques, patient education, child psychology and development, learning disabilities, medical writing, and record-keeping.

 

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Revised: June 06, 2015