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Yesterday was my first lab practical in Ophthalmic Optics. We determined prescriptions for glasses using a lensometer and estimated a prescription with hand neutralization. Opticians and Optometrists alike must learn about lens materials and how to fit and adjust glasses properly. Even if a patient receives the best possible exam, if their glasses are not comfortable in the end, their whole experience becomes negative.
Before attending SCO, I had job shadowed and worked in two very different offices. The first was with a doctor in a smaller private practice. She would often use the lensometer and fit a patient’s glasses herself. For a summer job, I worked in a very busy practice. Most tasks involving glasses were delegated to the Opticians. There was always a constant flow of patients with four or five Opticians needed on the floor at once.
Whether we end up in a small or a large practice, it is essential to learn about the principles behind making and dispensing glasses. Patient satisfaction certainly depends on it.