THIS IS YOUR YEAR TO GO!
October 6-8, 2017 is OptiCon is ABO-NCLE's national education conference. If you are an apprentice optician, an opticianry student, a licensed optician, or an optical dispenser this is the place for you. Imagine ABO and NCLE credit classes all under one roof. In addition, there are review classes and opportunities to sit for your national boards.
One of the highlights is to watch the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) student reps compete in the annual College Bowl. Optical knowledge competition, jeopardy style. It's a lot of fun.
Being around like-minded professionals from all over the USA provides an opportunity for you to share best practices, meet people who may end up being life-ling friends, and can re-energize you professionally. The courses are outstanding as is the exhibit hall.
All of this takes place right outside of Magic Kingdom at Disney's Contemporary Resort.
Please visit ABO-NCLE website at https://www.abo-ncle.org/
Here is an excerpt from their website:
OptiCon® 2017 will take place from October 6 - October 8, 2017 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida at Disney's Contemporary Resort! Mark your calendar now so that you don't miss this event. Come to Disney before the conference, or stay after the conference to enjoy everything that Walt Disney World has to offer.
OptiCon® 2017 events will begin on Friday morning, October 6 with educational sessions, and continue through Sunday afternoon (October 8). Courses that are being scheduled include the following categories: Spectacle, Contact Lens, Business and Hands-On, Refraction for Opticians, as well as the ABO and NCLE exam review courses!
For more information on the conference itself, hotel and air travel, please click on the links to the left. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
We look forward to seeing you at Disney!
Tom Barracato, ABOC Patrick Goughary, NCLEM, ABOM
ABO Board Chair NCLE Board Chair
Ophthalmic Science changed its name to Vision Care Technology effective in the fall of 2017. After in-depth discussions with our many stakeholders, including faculty, staff, current students, our amazing advisory board, the general public and most critically prospective students, we believe changing the program name is appropriate.
Research of other accredited optical programs has revealed a trend away from that term toward more easily understood titles using the words “vision” and “care.” We believe that Vision Care Technology will engage, rather than confuse, and that the valuable time our faculty and admission officers currently spend correcting misunderstandings can more effectively be used to explain career benefits to prospective students.
Did you know that the Vision Care Technology program is on Facebook and LinkedIn?!?!
WE SURE ARE!
Be sure to click the links below and LIKE our pages. By connecting with each other on social media, we can help promote opticianry.
Looking forward to seeing you on social media!
Goodwin College: Vision Care Technology
Goodwin College: Associates degree in Vision Care Technology
Come out to support a Goodwin College alum at Simsbury Eye Care in Simsbury , CT
Check out Lafont Eyewear, sample French cuisine, and learn about the pairing of eyewear and fashion.
To Adjust or Not to Adjust
Glasses entire existence is based on the idea or concept of being able to help a person see. They spend about one third of a person’s day sitting nice and snug on an individual’s face. Depending on the individual, the life of a pair of glasses can be rough. Some people wear them and take such good care of them, when they are not on their face, they are in the case. However, there are people who are a bit rough on their glasses and may on occasion fall asleep with them on, play contact sports with them on, or misplace them in places, causing them to later be sat on or stepped on. For these glasses, in particular adjustments become a necessity in order to restore the owners comfort level as well as vision.
Glasses are made based off of specific measurements acquired before making a complete pair. The prescription within the lenses are placed in a person’s best area of vision, hence why a pupillary distance is taken. This measurement allows an Optician to make sure they place the prescription portion of the lens at the correct distance from one lens to the other. If a pair of eyeglasses are sitting crooked from laying on them, the wearer may experience eye strain. The reason for this is your eyes are trying to get into the best point of vision. Progressives lenses that have three different prescription strengths for distance, intermediate and reading, are even more greatly affected if glasses are not aligned properly. If the glasses have the front of the frame with one side higher than the other, this could cause eye strain and fatigue because one eye may be viewing into a portion of the lens with a different lens power faster than the other. If the front of the frame is significantly crooked, one eye could be looking through the distance portion and the other at the arm’s length or intermediate portion with the brain being confused as to which image should be used. Opticians measure the height from the bottom of the frame to the mid pupil in order to make sure the patient has the three areas of prescription where they would need it.
Besides the visual issues that can come from a person’s glasses needing an adjustment comfort can greatly be affected as well. The best places to go to get your glasses looked at and adjusted properly is an optical store that sells glasses. These places will have Opticians who specialize in adjusting eyeglass frames and restoring them to the correct way of sitting on a person’s face. Those who are Opticians have either gone to school for this skill or have apprenticed for a few years and are greatly skilled. Do not take it upon yourself to attempt to fix them as, you may end up breaking the glasses beyond repair. Leave it to the experts often it is a courtesy and saves you having to buy a new pair and the embarrassment of tape on any part of your glasses until a replacement comes in.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUBMISSION I.L.S
OAA Leadership Conference
February 9-11, 2017 marked the Opticians Association of America’s annual Leadership conference held in Savannah, Georgia. The host city was beautiful, rich with history and pleasantly warm. Attendees from the northeast missed a big snow storm!
There were opticians and optical students from all over the U.S., including Alaska. Many state societies were also represented and they sponsored students and apprentice opticians to attend. It was wonderful to be in a room full of like-minded individuals who want to promote opticianry through leadership, education, legislative representation, and communication. Being a member of the OAA is an investment in our profession as is attending Leadership. I am already looking forward for next year’s OAA Leadership conference in Charleston, South Carolina.
Some break-out sessions that were well attended include:
Money was raised for the Vision of Hope Foundation/Opticians Association of America. You can read about some of what they support and do here: http://www.oaa.org/who-we-are/giving-back We learned about how to plan for a successful mission trip and how life changing mission trips are for those being served and those serving.
I hope you consider attending next year!
Polycarbonate or Trivex? Tell us....
What’s your "go to" lens? Polycarbonate or Trivex? Share in the comments which one and why.
Nathalie Villeneuve of Pause and Paint came to Goodwin College for a fun night painting “Glass Daisy”. Thanks goes out to all who came and to those who supported with a financial donation. All proceeds go towards Goodwin College’s ophthalmic science students in the form of attending optical conferences and taking their national and state boards.
Goodwin College’s Ophthalmic Science program received accreditation by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation. This is exciting news for the college and for the future of opticianry in Connecticut. Goodwin College offers a two year A.S. degree in ophthalmic science. Students learn all facets of eyewear fabrication and dispensing as well as contact lens fitting and dispensing.
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Skilled opticians evaluate a patient’s current pair of eyeglasses during the selection and fitting of new eyewear. The optician will observe how their current frame fits on their face (tilt, face form, dimensions), the eye size, bridge design and fit and temple length are noted. The current lens style and material is evaluated and also noted. Lined bifocals are typically measured and placed at the lower lid. If a patient wears a lined bifocal, the optician will ask if the patient is satisfied with where the line falls. Patients will remark that the line is either too high (it gets in the way) or too low (they have to pick up their chin too much to read). The optician will measure the new pair in accordance to the feedback received from the patient.
Progressive lenses are fitted center pupil. A skilled optician will duly note the patients current frame characteristics as mentioned earlier as well as lens material and design. The optician will also have a conversation as to how the progressives are working for their needs. We call this lifestyle dispensing. My question for you is this:
Do you dot a patient’s current progressive lenses to see where they were fit to? Or do you trust they are fit at center pupil?
Please answer this informal poll. Thank you, your response is greatly appreciated.
I remember this day, a year ago, I fabricated, made, created my first pair of eyeglasses!!! A visual aid that can and will help someone see the world more clearly. How amazing is that??? The most amazing part of it all is the moment a person puts on their new eyewear and looks around the room, out the window, at their parents, the smile they give, that sense of knowing they can see, melts my heart. You know you did your job when you can say you helped a person see!!!
My name is Michele and I am finishing my degree to become a Licensed Optician. I am asked all the time, “What is an Optician?”, “What do they do?”, “Where do they work?” It goes way beyond helping you pick out a beautiful frame that enhances your style and compliments your facial features. I'll give you my interpretation: In the most basic terms, an optician is an eye care professional that interprets prescriptions that are written by optometrists and ophthalmologists to provide clients with eye educating the patient about the products available that can enhance their vision.
Another important role an Optician play in the optical world is frame adjustments. It may sound like a minimal duty, but it actually is more like an art form. Keeping your frame in alignment can help you more than you may think.
Here are 4 tips on why you should keep your glasses in alignment:
1. Keeping your balance
For some people, with certain prescriptions, an uneven frame can lead to not seeing clearly through the lenses. Which can make some people vision off balance.
2. Keeping your frame well-adjusted can help your eyeglasses last longer.
Better and more frequent simple adjustments can keep the frame sturdy.
3. Will keep you looking your best.
Who wants to walk around in public with a beautiful pair of glasses crooked across their face?
4. Keeps you from wanting to do it yourself.
By stopping in and letter the professional adjust your glasses the correct way, it will stop you from making a rash decision attempting to do it yourself and chance breaking them. Eyeglasses can be delicate if you do not use the correct tools and techniques.
You have probably encountered an Optician and you did not even know it. But rest assure, we have cleaned your lenses, adjusted your glasses, suggested treatments that can enhance your visual needs, helped you pick out the perfect frame and maybe even fixed a pair of glasses that you though were beyond repair and no longer can wear! Remember an Optician is here to help you with all your visual needs including adjustments. Come in and see us!
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