How to Become an Optician
Revolutionizing the optical industry one optician at a time.
Face it, the state of optical licensing, certification, and organization are a mess. For years, traditional paths have been tried again and again, in an attempt elevate the profession of opticianry. None have met expectations.
The public is flocking to online retailers and shortcut methods of obtaining eyewear because the perception of optical is one largely based on fear, dread, and most recently suspicion that brick and mortar opticals are ripping them off.
We want to change that.
At OpticianWorks we believe the answers will not come from bureaucracy. We believe the answers lie in bottom-up approach beginning with you, the optician, and your ability to create, to elevate your skills from a craft to an art, to make real connections with your customers through your art, and finally to build and deliver an experience that can’t be found anywhere else. Technology has given you the power and the tools to reach farther than ever before, to break through traditional barriers, and build a tribe of passionate followers, upon which you can grow a successful business or career.
In choosing this path, not only can you find personal success, but you will begin to change the face of independent optical from one of fear, dread, and suspicion into one of a sought after experience that encompasses excitement, fashion, self-expression, and of course, the best vision possible.
From knowledge, to craft, to art, to inspiration, we provide it all. Just bring passion.
So, you're interested in becoming an optician.
Good for you!
Opticians make eyeglasses, sell eyeglasses, repair eyeglasses and adjust eyeglasses. They work in retail stores, in doctor’s offices or for themselves. Opticians often work with other eye care professionals (ECPs), doctors and some opticians fit and dispense contact lenses.
The primary job of an optician is to bring money in to a practice by making eyewear, being competent, knowledgeable and by offering appropriate products.
It really can be a great job.
You can make a real living wage and work under good conditions. Pay for an experienced and competent optician is actually quite good. Work hours are often flexible and the work is not at all physically demanding. Since stores are trying to appeal to shoppers the physical locations are often convenient and usually quite pleasant.
If you are seriously considering becoming an optician - SLOW DOWN and READ this entire page carefully - twice!
Learning all the skills needed to be an optician is very hands-on so you will need to work in an optical shop, go to school or become an apprentice. OpticianWorks is the best way to learn about the job and to build a foundation to rapidly advance at your workplace.
Think About It — If becoming an optician was quick and easy and anyone could do it then you would not earn a living wage by being one!
There are only twenty-two states that require you to have a license to call yourself an optician. The other twenty-eight states have little or no requirements to dispense eyewear or make eyeglasses.
How to Become an Optician
About the ABO:
Many states use the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) written examination as all or part of their license process.
The ABO exam is a minimal competency, low passing score exam.
Passing it does not mean you are an optician.
If you have failed the ABO exam, even once, it is proof that you DO NOT understand key concepts and that you lack the foundation education you need to be an optician or competent ECP. You must reset your starting point and work through this entire site before attempting it again. Just trying until you pass is no way to improve the income potential for other opticians or ECPs.
OpticianWorks offers a complete on-line education program. To work through the entire course of study you will need to apply yourself and study.