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ABO Accredited and Florida Board Approved*
Handcrafted Frame Fitting Workshops
For Eyewear Professionals
Florida Provider #50-13776
800-528-0413 Ext. 354

Optical Workshops


Teaches the dispensing of handcrafted form-fitting eyewear,
available only from well trained Eyewear Professionals

Improved job security for prescription Eyewear Professionals


For Opticians to get handcrafted eyewear training in
order to
humanize the dispensing of prescription
eyewear, thereby reducing the outsourcing of
the prescription to Web-based providers.



"Service is an intrinsic value, not a value to be added."

"Eyewear consumers need and deserve the following:
a) Optician-assisted, in-depth lifestyle interview;
b) Optician-assisted, design and selection;
c) Handcrafted, form-fitting eyewear;
d) Free lifetime adjustments and
minor repair services, none of
which are available online."
Dispensing Guidelines

"What do dentists, manicurists, hairstylists and
opticians all have in common? They have to make direct,
tactile contact with consumers while dispensing services."

"When Opticians do not touch the consumer at the time
they dispense their eyewear, they are acting more
as unskilled eyeglass merchants than as Opticians."

"Opticians must exercise multi-dimensional opticianry,
i.e., full Discovery, masterful Design, and touch
and feel Delivery of prescription eyewear."

"Opticians are vision experts who serve Patients with
comprehensive vision solutions as opposed to eyeglass
merchants who just sell Customers glasses and contact lenses."

"What are the chances of today's eyewear consumers getting a
hands-on, customized fitting of their prescription eyewear? If you
answered this question correctly, you know why they buy online."

"The manager of a nationwide retail optical dispensary
advised a staff member who attempted to customize a
frame as seen here that they would be fired if they tried to
fit another 'customer' with such an ugly looking adjustment."

"After many years of failing to provide the public with
hands on the patient frame fitting services, dispensers
have suddenly discovered that consumers are flocking
to the Internet* for their eyewear, where likewise, they
are unable to acquire customized frame fitting services.
Refusing to admit culpability, these same retailers now
blame cheap online prices and unethical practices for the
erosion of market share and the steep decline of revenues."
(See AARP's 'Your Money,' December, 2011, as example.)

"More and more eyewear is being purchased online.
The number one complaint of brick and mortar patrons ...
'Nobody adjusted my glasses. They just handed them to me.'
So, for these consumers there's little difference between the service
they receive in many of today's dispensaries and buying glasses online."

"If you'll recall, Opticianry is ultimately defined by how well
the eyewear fits the Patient. So, the real issue, for Opticians and
Consumers to consider, is not whether prescription eyewear can be
purchased in stores or online. The real issue is the current deficiency
in the delivery of eyewear due to the absence of the craftsmanship
and skills required to dispense form-fitting eyewear to the Consumer.
The answer is: hands-on training, hands-on training, hands-on training.
It's time for those Opticians who know, to teach those who do not know."

"It is incumbent on those who know, to teach those who do not know."

"Hand crafted multi-dimensional adjustments, including tactile, hands-on,
touch and feel procedures such as reshaping the temple ends to make direct
and full, touching-without-pressing contact with the mastoid area behind the ears,
while simultaneously avoiding direct contact with the pressure-sensitive ears, is
the single most important considerations for long term comfort and wearability."

"It is time for direct, touch and feel, handcrafted frame fitting training to happen.
This is done by one-on-one craftsmanship training. It cannot be learned virtually."

*This workshop meets the Florida Board of Opticianry's requirement
for Apprentices to attend a two hour Hands-On Frame Fitting course.
Optical Workshops is Florida Board of Opticianry CE Provider #50-13776.
Click or Call
800-528-0413 Ext. 354 to arrange for a Training Session.

Let's look at why this training is so important.


These are just a couple of interesting consumer reports we've recently received from Patients who reported their experiences while attempting to acquire what every consumer is owed, skillfully handcrafted, form-fitting, prescription eyewear.

.) "This message is for Hari Singh Bird, Optician. I believe we spoke by phone about 8 years ago. I have not had a good fitting pair of glasses for 42 years. I am now 62 and feeling ignored and kind of in a daze with the lack of interest in my case. The Ophthalmologists are there to examine and prescribe, but they disassociate themselves from the Opticians, and the Opticians simply accept the frame selection they are offered. I just spent over $300 just for trifocal lenses, but the frame I bought two years ago just doesn't work. It was the closet I could find and there still isn't anything out there, to my knowledge that will fit me. I have a mostly straight and narrow bridge, a large head, and some mastoid bone is missing behind my left ear, removed at age 23. (Note: See How To Custom Fit The Mastoid Complex.)

In addition my right ear is much further back than my left, so I require a bare minimum 150 mm temples but more likely 155 mm. I prefer plastic frames (currently wearing Anglo American) as I tried nosepieces in the past, and they just caused pain.

Speaking of pain, I used a blow dryer to adjust my temples down behind my ears so they wouldn't slide, but they still do. I changed the angle of my frame front so they would not touch my cheek, but they still do and by changing the angle the bar of the keyhole bridge now touches the top of my nose and leaves a red mark.

I read your biblical quote by Luke, "Ask, it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11: 9-10," and I have to say I have knocked on a lot of doors that only opened to take my money, and left me to repeat the process again and again. Here is my quote: "Hell is living with ill-fitting glasses and being branded a complainer when questioning Opticians and Ophthalmologists."

If you have knowledge of any referrals in the Park Forest-Chicago area that might be able to help me, please forward me their contact information. By the way, I only have a short time to return my lenses for a remake. My Ophthalmologist suggested progressive lenses after I complained about the distance for reading books, and my office computer screens (2) with my trifocals. I am willing to do that, but I need to find a proper fitting frame. --

Here's an e-mail from just one of too many consumers. This one from a long-time Patient of ours who is now living out of state. She was handed her new eyewear at a large retail optical outlet by an assistant dispenser (not an Optician), whereupon no adjustments to the frame were made, and she was forced to seek appropriate service elsewhere. She reflected on feeling fortunate to have subsequently found independent Opticians like ourselves, who had the skills and experience to relieve her discomfort, after having spent a considerable amount of time searching. She further commented about her previous experiences at the hands of one of our staff.

.) Having you fit my glasses on my face, ears, nose with care and attention to detail, making minute but essential adjustments, was the best experience I have ever had of having glasses fitted during my lifetime of wearing glasses. The first time you did my glasses, and your wife suggested to me that I also have my lenses tinted to gently soften the lines around my eyes, was a memorable experience. I have shared the story of that day, in your dispensary very often, whenever I get ‘new’ glasses. Most Opticians are surprised to hear the story and also amazed that having such care and attention to detail as a part of having glasses fit properly made such a difference in my life. Having my glasses not hurt, and having them fit properly was an incredible blessing. Having my glasses fit gracefully and painlessly is nothing short of a Godsend. I can honestly say that no other Optician ever did such an impeccable job as you did.

Unfortunately, I once tried to get new lenses in the glasses that you had adjusted for me. I came back to pick up the glasses and someone said to me that the Optician had straightened out the bent side pieces! I was so upset! I made the Optician come out and I explained what you had done for me, why you had done it and what a terrible disservice he had done by ‘straightening’ my side pieces and that he had to re-bend the side pieces back to where they had been. Needless to say, those glasses never fit the same again! After that I never changed lenses without speaking directly to the person making the lenses and making sure they knew not to change or adjust the side pieces. If you lived where I could get my glasses adjusted properly, that is where I would go... --


Today's consumers are asking: Is there really a difference in quality and service between buying prescription eyewear in a brick and mortar store and buying online? Yes, there are important differences. See GlassesOnlineWarning.com and The Danger Independent Opticians Face.


This Workshop is for those apprentices and-or more recently licensed Opticians who wish to either learn new techniques or otherwise improve their current skills, and it will fulfill 2-hours of continuing education requirements. (Also see Advanced Workshop.) This Workshop has been accredited by ABO, the American Board of Opticianry and approved by the Florida Board of Opticianry. This Workshop meets all accreditation requirements by providing participants a) Practical experience in the Visual and Tactile Assessment and the Handcrafted Alignment and Adjustment of eyewear for the purpose of correcting the most obvious misalignments of the Patient's eyewear, while in-place, and on the face, b) Practical experience in the Final Fitting,* i.e., the application of the More Subtle Adjustments using more artfully handcrafted Touch and Feel frame fitting skills in order to maximize the Patient's visual comfort and long term wearability. See DispensingGuidelines.com.

*This last topic, Final Fitting, is addressed with special emphasis on the necessity for the qualitative dispensing of eyewear using 1) Visual-tactile, in-place, on the face assessment, and 2) Highly evolved handcrafted, 'touch and feel' techniques of frame fitting. See example below. Also see Custom Frame Fitting, Up Close and Personal.

IMPORTANT Beginning May 1, 2013, attendance at a minimum 2-hour State Board Approved Hands-on Handcrafted Frame Fitting Workshop is required of ALL applicants prior to licensure in Florida.


Note big gap between skull and temple-end.

"Where there's no touch, there can be no hold.
Temple-ends must fully contact the mastoid complex.
Temple-ends cannot hold eyewear in place for long-term
comfort if they do not make full contact with the mastoid.
Full contact does not mean pressure. Touch only is necessary."

Form-fitting the Mastoid Complex
With Handcrafted Mastoid Dip and Wrap

Every Patient deserves sufficiently handcrafted,
multi-dimension, form-fitting frame adjustments, e.g.,
gaps and spaces are removed from between the frame's
temples and the skull behind the ears, in order to enhance
comfort, stability, and long term wearability. Full contact with
a light touch of the skull, NOT THE EARS, is the primary means
by which the frame should be held in place for long-term comfort.

Note: If you're able to teach this skill, contact me at LinkedIn.com.


BEFORE temple-end is in out-of-the-box condition,
i.e., it doesn't make contact with the Patient's skull,
whereas the AFTER temple has been form-fitted with
an added handcrafted mastoid dip and mastoid wrap.
It now fits the mastoid bone like a glove since it has been
shaped to make full, direct contact with this Patient's skull.
The customized temple-ends become invisible when worn
and the resultant fit avoids pressure and is extremely comfortable.
Note: This skill cannot be learned virtually, i.e., via lecture or online.
This skill is acquired only by handcrafting the eyewear using direct, face
to face, on the Patient, tactile, touch and feel contact with the Patient. The
availability, knowledge and skilled use of related handcrafting tools is essential.
Also, keep in mind that online merchants are incapable of providing this service.


"Successful dispensing requires the careful and thoughtful
process of Discovery, Design, and Delivery of eyewear
without bias concerning sales quotas, profit margin or
other subjective and unrelated considerations."

Although the Full Discovery and Disclosure Interview, and Frame Fitting Techniques are not the only aspects of what is called Ophthalmic Dispensing, today these are much underrated, even subordinated skills. The Frame Fitting skill set, which can be acquired only through direct, practical experience, must include 1) Visual and tactile, touch and feel, hands-on assessment of the eyewear in-place, on the face, 2) Basic Frame Alignment, i.e., correcting the most obvious misalignments, and 3) Application of more Subtle Frame and Temple Adjustments, i.e., the personalized, handcrafted, multi-dimensional adaptations such as form-fittng the temple-ends relative to the skull and mastoid complex, and then 90 degrees relative to the ears, are the most important considerations for long term visual comfort and wearability. Not only is a poorly fitted frame likely to cause discomfort and inconvenience to the Patient, but in cases of higher lens powers and high astigmatic corrections it can even adversely effect the prescription, thus creating additional visual issues. See example above. See Shift Happens.

Upon completion of this workshop the Eye Care Professional will:

Be more familiar with the Lifestyle Interview and Full Discovery and Disclosure procedure with regard to the Patient's vocational and-or avocational lifestyle, which precedes any design of the lenses, and the final selection of a frame.

Be more familiar with the basic parts of the ophthalmic frame and its measurement criteria.

Appreciate the various frame styles, nose piece-bridge designs, and types of temples currently available, and their purposeful applications.

Appreciate the importance of providing the Patient with unbiased assistance as to their choices of price and quality in the selection of their frame size and style, and lens design.

Be more familiar and sensitive with regard to the proper frame selection using the shape of the face and head, placement and anomalies of the eyes, ears, and mastoid complex, and the nature of the prescription as criteria, with emphasis on the adverse consequences of a poorly designed and-or poorly fitting frame.

Optician heats a temple in order to demonstrate
the custom form-fitting of the mastoid complex.

Appreciate the qualitative aspects of dispensing corrective eyewear using tactile, hands-on, in-place, on the face visual-tactile eyewear assessment, and the touch and feel aspects of time honored frame fitting techniques.

Observe and experience direct, hands-on, in-place, on the face, touch and feel frame fitting techniques whereby comfort, prescription integrity, and long term frame wearability are achieved and sustained.

Be more familiar with the tools and conditions that are necessary for the application of handcrafted frame fitting skills, i.e., proper type and placement of tools and instruments, ergonomic design of dispensing table, etc.

Experience and appreciate the difference between Basic Frame Alignment, and Subtle Frame Adjustments. See example.

Be able to serve Patients more quickly with handcrafted, personalized, custom fitted eyewear, frame repairs and adjustments.

Directly experience and thereby appreciate the distinction between an Eye Care Professional's custom fitting of corrective eyewear directly on a Patient versus an unskilled eyeglass merchant casually delivering one-size-fits-all merchandise to a Customer.


PROTOCOL: Each participant will assume an alternating role as 'Dispenser' and 'Patient' in order to acquire a direct touch and feel experience and a more comprehensive perspective of handcrafted frame-fitting. All work will be critiqued by an experienced and licensed, 'Hands on the Patient Trained' Optician.

Participants will be challenged to overcome any timidity with regard to directly assessing eyewear while on the Patient and subsequently using touch and feel methods by which to determine the appropriate adjustments to be made using their hands as well as related hand tools in order to accomplish the following.

1) The more obvious and basic visual and tactile eyewear assessments required to square the x, y, z planes; the application of pantoscopic tilt, facial wrap, and temple-to-skull fitting adjustments.

2) The subtlest of adjustments involving more sophisticated and artful aspects of form-fitting the eyewear, i.e., mastoid dip and mastoid wrap, of the frame temples.

MATERIALS: Two types of frame warmers, hot air and convection,a selection of zyl and metal frames, plus related hand tools are to be provided in order to demonstrate and practice with hands-on-the-patient, the art of handcrafted form-fitting of eyewear. Attendees may bring their own hand tools by reason of familiarity. See Advanced Level Workshop. --

See articles from fellow ECPs.


"The most perfect ophthalmic Rx can be
compromised if the eyewear does not
provide comfort and long term wearability."

"There is no right or wrong way to dispense
eyewear. There is only the Patient's way. Take
as much time as you need to fit their eyewear."

"Patients deserve a pleasant experience.
s deserve as much time as they need.
s deserve custom fitted prescription eyewear."

"When opticians relate to consumers as Customers,
it often has an adverse impact on their relationship.
When consumers purchase their
prescription eyewear they
should invariably be served as Patients, never Customers.
Patients receive health care. Customers receive merchandise.

"Opticianry is ultimately defined by how well the eyewear makes
contact with the patient, not by the number of customers served.
Therefore, a conscious, precise, and personalized process of frame
selection, lens design, and in-place, hands-on fitting is required. In too
many cases unrealistically excessive sales goals override the optician's
mission of providing professional health care, whereby the personalized,
custom fitting of eyewear is given only the most minor consideration, if any."

"Dentists, Manicurists and Hairstylists make direct, tactile contact with the
consumer. Likewise, Opticians must make direct contact with the Patient.
Hands on the Patient Opticians, can determine by sense of touch how a
frame feels even in lieu of asking the Patient. Only an eyeglass merchant
routinely hands over prescription glasses with no hands-on assessment,
nor the appropriate ‘touch and feel’ required to custom fit the eyewear."

"Our mission is to humanize the delivery of prescription eyewear." OpticiansForChange.com


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Books, lectures and tests can take an Optician's skills only so far.

It is time for touch-and-feel, Hands on the Patient training.
Only one on one craftsmanship training provides this.
Craftsmanship cannot be learned virtually.

"Handcrafted frame fitting, i.e., touch and feel, hands-on dispensing,
cannot be outsourced to lectures or virtual sources. It is an art form,
which requires direct and multi-dimensional contact with the patient."

"Opticianry is defined by how well the eyewear fits the patient."

American Board of Opticianry accredited and Florida State Board approved CE hours
for Intermediate and Advanced Level Opticians in Handcrafted Frame Fitting are
currently offered under the sponsorship of POF, the Professional Opticians of
Florida. Click or Call
800-528-0413 Ext. 354 to arrange for Training Session.






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