Teaches the dispensing of handcrafted form-fitting eyewear,
Improved job security for prescription Eyewear Professionals
It's time to end lecture-only training of Opticians.
ARE YOU A GENUINE OPTICIAN
POINTS TO PONDER
"Opticianry is defined by how well the eyewear makes contact with the patient.
"Service is an intrinsic value, not a value to be added."
"What do dentists, manicurists, hairstylists and
Opticians do not touch the consumer at the time
must exercise multi-dimensional opticianry,
are vision experts who serve Patients with
"The manager of a nationwide retail optical dispensary
"After many years of failing to provide the public with
and more eyewear is being purchased online.
"If you will recall, Opticianry is ultimately defined by how well
"It is incumbent on those who know...to teach those who do not know."
crafted multi-dimensional adjustments, including tactile, hands-on,
*This workshop meets the Florida Board of Opticianry's requirement
BEFORE WE GET STARTED
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.
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
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. See Letter To ECPs.
NO TOUCH - NO HOLD PRINCIPLE
Patient deserves sufficiently handcrafted,
dispensing requires the careful and thoughtful
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.
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
WORKSHOP PROTOCOL AND MATERIALS
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
POINTS TO PONDER
most perfect ophthalmic Rx can be
is no right or wrong way to fit
opticians relate to consumers as Customers,
is ultimately defined by how well the eyewear
"Dentists, Manicurists and Hairstylists make direct, tactile contact with the
"Our mission is to humanize the delivery of prescription eyewear." OpticiansForChange.com
Books, lectures and tests can take an Optician's skills only so far.
"Handcrafted frame fitting, i.e., touch and feel, hands-on dispensing,
HANDS ON THE PATIENT
WORKSHOP TRAINING AVAILABLE
Board of Opticianry accredited, and Florida
State Board approved CE
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