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Optician Certification Training

Opticians are in high demand in the job market, and the need for eye care professionals is constantly expanding. In this program, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to obtain an entry-level job as an optician. In addition, you’ll prepare yourself to achieve American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification, which is required by many states and is a stepping-stone to career advancement.

With the help of step-by-step instructions, you’ll master the mathematical formulas that opticians need to know. In addition, you’ll discover how to read prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses, explore the basics of eyewear styles and materials, become familiar with the equipment opticians use, learn about prisms and lens types, and gain an understanding of eye anatomy and eye diseases. By the time you complete this program, you’ll be fully prepared to begin a career as an optician—and you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to advance in this popular and exciting medical field.

6 Months / 150 Course Hrs
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Optician Certification Training

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Optician Certification Training Details + Objective

Course Code: GES126

You Will Learn
  • Learn how to understand and assign prescriptions to customers
  • Develop an understanding of the human eye and how it functions
  • Understand the different corrective eye care solutions available for patients
  • Learn how various prisms and lenses work
  • Prepare yourself to take the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exam
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 150 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Develop the skills necessary to begin an entry-level position as an optician
  • Possess the knowledge to pass the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exam
  • Learn not only the skills required to work as an optician, but master communication best practices that will allow you to effectively work with peers and clients
  • Set yourself up for success as you begin your career in the medical field
Optician Certification Training Outline
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Optician Fundamentals

Learn the roles and responsibilities of an opticians. You’ll also learn the parts of the eye, its functions, and diseases and conditions that can compromise ocular health.

Ocular Conditions

Understand various eye conditions so you’re better able to identify them in patients. Cover refractive errors, strabismus, amblyopia, and more.

What to Know About Frames

Learn the role of frames in corrective eye care. You’ll cover frame basics, frame styling, popular frame types, and how to align and adjust frames.

Prescriptions and Lenses

Cover the various prescriptions available to patients. Learn how to read prescriptions and how to assign new ones to customers. Understand how different lens types and prescriptions go together. You’ll also cover how light affects eyesight and the importance of lens curvature.

Opticianry Measurements and Math Formulas

Learn the various formulas and measurements required to work as an optician. Math is used in the field is to perform vision exams, prescribe eyeglasses and medication, and to create statistical data for patient files.

Legal Responsibilities and Ethics

Understand the legal roles and responsibilities of an optician. Learn how to operate ethically, including how to treat patient files and what information can be disclosed to third parties.

Program Details
  1. Lesson 1:  What Is an Optician?
  2. Lesson 2:  The Parts of the Eye
  3. Lesson 3:  Refractive Errors
  4. Lesson 4:  Strabismus and Amblyopia
  5. Lesson 5:  Other Common Ocular Conditions
  6. Lesson 6:  Frame Basics
  7. Lesson 7:  Frame Styling
  8. Lesson 8:  Aligning Frames
  9. Lesson 9:  Adjusting Frames
  10. Lesson 10:  A Quick Look at Light
  11. Lesson 11:  Reading a Prescription
  12. Lesson 12:  More About Prescriptions and Lens Types
  13. Lesson 13:  Lens Materials
  14. Lesson 14:  Prism Basics
  15. Lesson 15:  Fresnel Prisms
  16. Lesson 16:  Optical Effects of Lens Curvature
  17. Lesson 17:  Multifocal Lens Considerations
  18. Lesson 18:  The Manual Lensometer
  19. Lesson 19:  More About Opticianry Measurements and Calculations
  20. Lesson 20:  Simple Math and Algebra
  21. Lesson 21:  Soft Contact Lenses 
  22. Lesson 22:  Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses
  23. Lesson 23:  Legal Responsibilities and Ethics
  24. Lesson 24:  Preparing for the ABO Exam
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Optician Certification Training Instructors
Beverly Smith, O.D

Beverly Smith, O.D., has been in private practice as an optometrist since 1984 and has provided training for opticians and optometrists for more than two decades. She also has an MBA in health care management and works as a private practice consultant. Dr. Smith has published articles in professional journals including Optometric ManagementWomen in Optometry, and New O.D.

Optician Certification Training Requirements / Prerequisites

There is no prerequisite for taking this program. If you plan to take the ABO exam, a high school diploma or GED is required and job experience will be very helpful.

Your tuition for this program includes these textbooks:

  • System for Ophthalmic Dispensing, by Clifford W. Brooks and Irvin Borish
  • The Optician Training Manual, by David S. McCleary
  • All About Your Eyes, by Jennifer S. Weizer and Sharon Fekrat

This program can be taken on a PC or a Mac. The program is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. It is also compatible with Internet Explorer (versions 5.5 through 8) and Firefox (any version).

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this course.

Hardware Requirements:

For Windows Vista or Windows 7: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; for Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology

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All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program. 

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All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

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Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

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Can I use a Mac?

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