Hi, I’m John Seegers,
optician, writer, educator, as well as recreational cyclist, mountain climber, and race car driver.
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 or start an exciting new career, get rich (yes, opticians can get rich) or just want to help people. I honestly believe you can achieve all of this and more.
I know there are a million ways you can spend your time and money other than listening to me go on about opticianry. That is why I know I have to earn your trust.
So, one of the things I have done is put together some highly useful material in the form of the Ultimate ABO Study Guide and made it available to you for free. It’s a completely revised/updated version of the old OpenOptix study guide, which is frankly better than the paid material out there. In doing so, I hope I can begin to earn your trust. Plus, I know you are capable of doing so much more than just passing the ABO exam.
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.
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If you are curious, read on to learn a little more about me.
With over 20 years experience in opticianry, an Associate’s degree (AAS) in opticianry, and a Master’s 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 and adult continuing education courses.
I created 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 What little was available was painfully outdated, overly complex or “dumbed-down” and geared to passing the ABO exam.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. I worked nights and weekends for seven years to achieve that goal.
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 and ID. I also enjoy track days and competing in SCCA hillclimb auto racing.
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