The need for eye care professionals is constantly expanding. Eye problems are growing more common due to changes in our lifestyles and the aging population. For instance, myopia (nearsightedness) is growing rapidly. Experts estimate that nearsightedness will increase by 50% over the next decade from more screen usage and less time outside. Other eye problems, such as presbyopia (the poor near vision that develops as we age), are also increasing as our population gets older.
After successfully completing this program, you will gain the necessary knowledge to take the Basic American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exams, which includes the NOCE (National Opticianry Competency Exam) and the CLRE (Contact Lens Registry Exam), which is required by many states to work as an optician or as a stepping-stone to career advancement.
Prepare for ABO Optician Certification
American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification is the nationally recognized standard for certifying an optician's qualifications. This 100% online course will teach you the terminology, calculations, and procedures opticians use to assess vision, evaluate corrective options and correct optical problems. Using a step-by-step methodology, you will prepare to test on key areas required by the ABO certification exam.
- Prepare to take and pass the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exam
- Learn how to understand and assign prescriptions to customers
- Develop an understanding of the human eye and its functions
- Understand corrective eye care solutions available for patients
- Learn how prisms and lenses work
Job Outlook for Opticians
Due to an aging population and emerging technologies in vision correction and options in eyewear, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects robust opportunities for opticians. It expects job growth for opticians to expand by 7% between now and 2028, faster than average growth for all jobs.
Opticians overwhelmingly enjoy their work. Among 10,000 employees in more than 200 jobs surveyed by Business Insider, only opticians scored a 100% job satisfaction rate. The survey results noted that opticians incur less stress and enjoy the results of their work more than other professions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does an optician do?
Opticians use data from prescriptions made by Optometrists or Ophthalmologists to help patients and customers fit glasses or contact lenses. They may take measurements of the ocular area, recommend appropriate frames or contact lenses and help fit and adjust frames or lenses as needed.
What skills are important for opticians?
Opticians need to be able to read and fill prescriptions, calculate formulas, use ophthalmic equipment, keep up with eyewear styles and trends, relate to patients, and understand human eyes and the difficulties and diseases they encounter.
What does the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exam involve?
The ABO exam covers ophthalmic science and a combination of ocular anatomy, principles of ophthalmic products and instruments, dispensing procedures and legal considerations for opticians.
Upon registering, you have six (6) months to complete the course.
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Course Hours: 150
This workshop is offered through our continuing education online partner.