If you think you'd like to become an optical assistant, this is the course for you! We'll take a comprehensive look into the diverse world of optical assisting—a world that's becoming more exciting all the time. You'll see why optometry is such an interesting field and how rewarding it can be to help people solve their vision problems. You'll be amazed to learn all the different places optical assistants can work. We'll cover optical assisting in private practice, healthcare clinics, the military, teaching facilities, and in retail sales. You'll discover the personal and professional skills needed to work in a front and back office and in an optical dispensary and lab. You'll find out how fun it is to help others select the right eyeglass frames—getting familiar with all the things optical assistants must know about frames, styles, lenses, contact lenses, and working with people. You'll also discover how our amazing eyes work and come to understand some common eye conditions. In addition, we'll delve into specialty areas that optical assistants can work in such as refractive surgery centers, low vision clinics, and vision training practices. And finally, we'll cover how to become certified and licensed, which will open up even more opportunities for you and identify you as an expert.This course is an ideal springboard for starting a career in this growing and ever-in-demand field!
This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through
your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor
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Dr. Beverly Smith is a Doctor of Optometry and has been in private practice for over 24 years. She is the founder of a consulting firm that helps new practitioners start and manage their own eye care practices. Beverly holds an M.B.A. in Healthcare Management, and she has published articles in the professional journals, New O.D. and Women in Optometry. She has taught dozens of optical staff over the past 24 years, many of whom went on to become licensed opticians, certified paraoptometrics, and Doctors of Optometry.