As an optician, I have the privilege of helping people see the world in a new light or new set of eyes, as I like to say. The job requires a unique blend of technical skills, creativity, and compassion. Every day, I would work with patients of all ages and backgrounds, helping them find the perfect pair of glasses or contact lenses to suit their needs and style.
It's gratifying to see the look of joy and amazement on someone's face when they try on their new eyewear and see the world with clarity for the first time in years. But being an optician is about more than just "selling glasses" - building relationships with patients and helping them feel confident and comfortable throughout the process.
It's a job that constantly challenges me to learn and grow professionally and personally. And at the end of the day, there's nothing quite like the feeling of knowing I've made a positive difference in someone's life, whether through a conversation, new glasses, or just making a difference by being there for them and their families.
The Importance of Eye Health
As an optician, I understand the importance of promoting eye health to patients. Our eyes are one of the essential organs in our body, and we rely on them for almost everything we do. From reading and writing to driving and working, our eyes play a crucial role in our daily lives. That's why it's so important to take care of them. This is why I work on the backend to market to patients the benefits of eye exams and seeing trained professionals in our field through digital marketing😍
Regular eye exams can help detect and prevent eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Early detection is critical to preventing vision loss and maintaining good eye health. As an optician, I work closely with optometrists and ophthalmologists to ensure our patients receive the best eye care by finding the perfect frame and lenses based on the eye doctor's prescription and the patient's lifestyle.
The Role of an Optician in Eye Care
Opticians are essential to the eye care team. Most opticians have formal training through school or years of experience through apprenticeship. Our role is to help patients find the perfect pair of glasses or contact lenses to suit their needs and style by filling the prescription received by the doctor.
We take measurements to ensure that their eyewear fits appropriately and provide advice on lens options, coatings, and treatments. We educate patients on proper eyewear care, new lenses or technology, and maintenance. I take pride in my ability to help patients feel confident and comfortable in their eyewear.
Why I Chose to be an Optician
I chose to become an optician because I wanted a career that would allow me to help people and make a positive impact in their lives. I was drawn to the technical aspects of the job, such as taking measurements and fitting eyewear, and the creative elements, such as helping patients choose frames that complement their features and style. The latter was my favorite part of the job 😉 But what stood out was the opportunity to build relationships with patients and help them feel their best. I can make a real difference in people's lives, which motivates me daily.
The Benefits of Being an Optician
One of the most significant benefits of being an optician is the opportunity to help people. Seeing the look of joy and amazement on someone's face when they try on their new glasses or contact lenses and seeing the world with clarity for the first time in years is incredibly rewarding. Another benefit is the variety of the work.
Every day was different, and I worked with patients of all ages and backgrounds. And perhaps most importantly, being an optician constantly challenges me to learn and grow professionally and personally. The eye care industry is continuously changing, and being on top of the trends is extremely important to promote our industry.
Day-to-Day Tasks of an Optician
The day-to-day tasks can vary depending on the needs of the patients, specialty, and the clinic. Some functions include taking measurements to ensure eyewear fits properly, helping patients choose frames that complement their features and style, educating patients on proper eyewear care and maintenance, and ordering and dispensing eyewear.
Challenges Faced by Opticians
Like any job, being an optician comes with its own set of challenges. One of the biggest challenges is dealing with the dismantling of licensure or complex patients. Some patients may be anxious or nervous about their eye exams or have unrealistic expectations about their eyewear. This is normal and okay, but communication comes in to educate patients on what to expect on the initial phone call, during the exam, transaction, and when dispensing.
It's essential to be patient and understanding and to communicate clearly with the patient throughout the process. Another challenge is keeping up with new technology and advancements in opticianry, such as lenses. It's essential to stay up-to-date with the latest lens options, coatings, and treatments to ensure that patients receive the best possible care for their eyes through continuing education classes. After all, we are light-benders💡
How to Become an Optician
To become an optician (dependent on the state laws), you typically need to complete an apprenticeship or diploma/certificate program in opticianry. These programs usually take 1-2 years to complete and cover optics, eyewear fitting, and patient care. I highly recommend formal training as it makes a huge difference. Education and continued education are crucial, not only to our patients but to promote licensure.
Some programs may include an apprenticeship component, like a hybrid model, providing hands-on clinical training. After completing a diploma or certificate program, you must pass multiple licensing exams to become a licensed optician. However, the only way to start your new career is to apply for some Eyetastic Jobs.
Another fantastic resource is reaching out to the state associations for opticians. They offer training, support, and guidance on how to achieve your license. I recommend signing up as they are the friendliest group of opticians that are always looking to add friendly faces to the optical family 👨👩👧👦
My Passion for Opticianry
Being an optician is more than just a job - a passion. I love helping people see the world in a new light and building relationships with patients. I enjoy the technical and creative aspects of the job and the opportunity to learn and grow constantly. While there are challenges, the rewards of being an optician far outweigh them. I feel privileged to be part of the eye care team and make a positive difference in people's lives daily.
If you read this, I hope you will work hard towards becoming licensed, whether receiving your ABO, formal education, or even a hybrid model. Education and community involvement are keys to advancing our industry.