There are a lot of products available on the Internet that claim to be important to your dispensing optician education. While it may be true that many of these products may have some value, they often fall short of providing more value than their cost. The products that we have listed on this page were developed to give the optician a comprehensive understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of the industry. We have thoroughly reviewed each of the products below to ensure that they provide a level of value that meets or exceeds their cost. We are confident that you will find these resources to be invaluable to you as a student and as a practicing optician.
System for Ophthalmic Dispensing – This book is commonly regarded by opticians as the standard text for how to properly fit and adjust eye wear. The authors provide details about every aspect of the dispensing process from frame selection to fitting, adjusting, and repairing. Many students use this book to prepare for certification exams and state licensing exams. Practicing opticians usually have a copy of the book available for reference. The book includes in-depth discussion of lenses, including multifocal, progressive, absorptive, aspheric, atoric, safety, and high index technology. It also covers the technical features of lenses and provides a rationale for how and why an optician should select specific lenses.
Additional features within this book include…
- A glossary of key terminology for easy reference
- Proficiency tests at the end of each chapter
- Full-color illustrations of procedures, concepts, and techniques
- Updated information about dispensing equipment
- Updated photos of fashionable frames and lenses
In short, this book is a must-have for anyone considering a career as an optician. The book is highly relevant regardless of the state where you intend to work or the type of employer that is providing you with a job. System for Ophthalmic Dispensing has been the standard text for optical dispensing education since its first publication and it is likely to remain the standard for the foreseeable future.
Contact Lens Fitting
Contact Lens Manual – This guide to fitting contact lenses was written by a Andrew Gasson and Judith Morris. The book was designed to give both new and experienced opticians a comprehensive perspective of the contact lens fitting industry. Many opticians use this book to prepare for the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) Certification Exams. Industry specific topics include common nomenclature, anatomy and physiology, optics, keratometry, and biomicroscopy. Contact Lens Fitting includes sections on rigid and soft daily wear lenses, contact lens manufacturing process, inspection, modification, lens delivery, follow-up, and extended wear lenses.
Opticians who plan to take both the ABO and NCLE certification exams are encouraged to add this book to their library of review materials. If there are two books that opticians use most to prepare for the certification process they would include System for Ophthalmic Dispensing and Contact Lens Manual. In fact, some opticians claim that study of the first half of System for Ophthalmic Dispensing is adequate preparation for the ABO Exam.
Practical Clinical Training
The Optician Training Manual – This book was written by David S. McCleary OD after he discovered that a concise and clinically relevant guide for optician training did not exist. David’s intent with this book is to give new and seasoned opticians the essential information that they need to start assisting customers. New opticians may have the detailed knowledge that is required to pass the ABO Certification Exam, but that does not mean that they are comfortable or confident with real situations where much of their technical knowledge cannot help them. This optician training manual was not designed to prepare opticians for the certification exams, but to teach opticians to perform well on the dispensary floor.
Clinical relevance is the primary purpose of this manual and it does not include the overwhelming mathematical formulas and theoretical concepts that are required for the certification examinations. The objective of this training system is to give managers and opticians the skills they need to analyze a pair of eyeglasses, select the perfect frame for the customer’s face, understand the appropriate lens options, research contact lens parameters, recognize symptoms of common eye diseases, and interact with customers to create the best experience possible.
Ophthalmic Assistant Training
The Ophthalmic Assistant – This book was written to serve as a comprehensive resource for the clinical ophthalmic assistant. Many assistants use this book extensively whether they work in an optometry office, ophthalmology clinic, or optician owned establishment. Topics covered in the book include ocular disease, surgical procedures, medications, equipment, and office management. Over 1,000 illustrations are used as a visual guide for the identification of ophthalmic disorders and to clarify difficult concepts. The book also includes a quick-reference guide for record keeping, conversions, ocular emergencies, and pharmaceuticals. The comprehensive nature of this book makes it an excellent resource.