Hi, I’m John Seegers,
optician, writer, educator, as well as recreational cyclist and mountain climber.
I created OpticianWorks because I love opticianry and I want to help you become the best you can be. Whether you want to manage a store or own one, find more satisfaction in your current role, start a new career, or just want to help people, I honestly believe you can achieve all of this and more. One of the best things about being an optician is that you can make the job whatever you might want it to be, or need it to be. That may mean a simple part-time job you leave at the door when you go home to an all consuming passion.
I love to teach and I want you to become an amazing optician capable of earning more than a living wage. In fact, I want to help you take the job as far as you can dream and in-turn raise the bar for opticians as a whole.
If you are curious, read on to learn a little more about me.
With over 25 years experience in opticianry, an associate degree (AAS) in opticianry, and a masters degree (MEd) in adult education, I have worked as an optician in independent high-end practices and managed at a large retail optical chain. I have taught optical dispensing, optical laboratory finishing theory and optical laboratory clinical for the Reynolds Community College Opticianry program in Virginia and adult continuing education courses.
A conservative estimate would be that I have, in my 25+ years as a working optician, finished or made over 10,000 pairs of glasses and sold and dispensed nearly 20,000.
I began OpticianWorks back in 2008 to fill a huge gap in opticianry education. Unless you had the opportunity to attend a college level program, there was really nowhere to turn for education materials. What little was available was painfully outdated, overly complex or “dumbed-down” and geared to passing the ABO exam. I knew the field needed a resource for anyone who wanted to learn what it really takes to become a great optician.
In 2015, I was presented with the opportunity to join forces with the independent optical lab, Laramy-K. We share the same vision for the future of OpticianWorks and the field of opticianry. It is with great pride that I can say that OpticianWorks is light years ahead of any other program for optician training and the new site is just the beginning. If you are interested in learning more about Laramy-K and their vision watch: Independence Matters
I hope you will be part of the journey.
When not working on OpticianWorks.com I can often be found cycling or hiking the mountains of SC, CO, WY, MT, UT and ID. Sadly COVID has put an end to travel for a few years now… let’s hope 2023 is better.
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