Currently the eyecare and the eyewear businesses are tied together. For many reasons this model is going through some changes. These changes will result in a new role for the optician. It is the goal of OpticianWorks to prepare you for a time when you will not be dependent on a doctor or “medical” practitioner for your “prescriptions.”
However, for many years to come many of you will find yourself working for, or with, a doctor of optometry, ophthalmology or both.
In either case you will need to know some of the jargon, anatomy and physiology of the eye.
Just as the independent doctor of optometry needs to have business skills – you need to have just a little anatomy & physiology. That still doesn’t make you a medical professional.
The section on prism is part of this course because it is a doctor who is experienced in working with prism that will prescribe it. How you will actually work with prism is covered in detail in a later section.
The section All About Contact Lenses is a part of this course because contact lenses ARE a medical device that comes in direct contact with the eye and can cause serious medical issues if abused.
Understanding the Written “Prescription”
Primary Prescription Information
Explanation of the primary information on an eyeglass prescription.
Notes Found On Eyeglass Prescriptions
Here is an explanation of some of the many different notes you may see on a prescription.
Converting to Near & Intermediate Ranges
How take a prescription with an add power and make it for near or intermediate use.
Prescriptions – Contacts & The Snellen Chart
Why you cannot use an eyeglass prescription for contact lenses, 20/20 and the prescription and wrapping up the introductory lessons.
Anatomy of the Eye
Common Pre-Screening Procedures
Depending on where you work you may be involved with pre-screening patients.
Common Medical Conditions of the Eye & LASIK
As an optician you may encounter some medical conditions of the eye.
Anatomy Surrounding the Eye
Depending on where you work you may need a little of this, all of this or maybe even more than this!
The Retina, Rods & Cones
We see with our brain not our eyes. The retina is how we get light to the brain.
Understanding Prescribed Prism
All About Contact Lenses
Evaluating Contact Lens Fit
Done using a slit-lamp or bio-microscope contact lens fit must be perfect.