Course Code: GES126
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.
Understand various eye conditions so you're better able to identify them in patients. Cover refractive errors, strabismus, amblyopia, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Beverly Smith is a Doctor of Optometry and has been in private practice for more than 24 years. She also holds a Master of Business Administration and founded a consulting firm that helps new practitioners start and manage their own eye care practices. Throughout her career, Smith has taught many future opticians, certified paraoptometrics, and fellow optometrists. Her work has been published in the professional journals New O.D. and Women in Optometry.
There are no prerequisites to take this course. However a high school diploma or GED is required to take the ABO exam.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
After successfully completing this course, you will possess the knowledge required to pass the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exam. However, we do recommend researching your state's requirements prior to pursuing a career as an optician. While some states only require a high school diploma or GED and passing score on the ABO exam to fulfill licensing requirements, others have their own optician licensing exams. Additionally, some states may require that opticians complete an apprenticeship program or degree program in order to become licensed.
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Yes, you will be prepared to take the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
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American Board of Opticianry
The American Board of Opticianry is the world’s largest organization for opticians and eye care professionals. The board works to recognize the excellence of opticians and ophthalmic dispensers in the industry who have a certain set of skills and knowledge. To be certified by the ABO, professionals must meet a set of criteria, including a comprehensive test that is internationally recognized to reflect current practices. ABO certification is recognized by eye care patients and employers alike as a standard of excellence.
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