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    #16
    We need more of your type!

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      #17
      Glasses Czar.

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        #18
        A pharmacist for glasses. But with a lower salary and cheaper malpractice insurance. I can't kill you with a mistake, but I can make you miserable.

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          #19
          You know, the pharmacist thing doesn't really work for me. Sorry.

          Pharmacist: "drug enforcement agency"
          Optician: "Glasses designer" (amongst other things).

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            #20
            Originally posted by drk View Post
            You know, the pharmacist thing doesn't really work for me. Sorry.

            Pharmacist: "drug enforcement agency"
            Optician: "Glasses designer" (amongst other things).
            Not meant to be taken verbatim. I (used to) fill prescriptions. Just not for drugs that might kill a patient. My insurance agent used to laugh about how inexpensive our errors and omissions premiums were.

            My apologies if anyone took offense. I must remember my place at the bottom of the totem pole of O's. I'll go back to sitting in the corner now.

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              #21
              No offense!!!!

              I meant that a pharmacist would be reduced to tears if he were an optician for a day. amiriteoramirite?

              Pharmacist: "Here's your bag of pills."
              Optician: "No, I can't make you look beautiful with these glasses."

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                #22
                Originally posted by drk View Post
                No offense!!!!

                I meant that a pharmacist would be reduced to tears if he were an optician for a day. amiriteoramirite?

                Pharmacist: "Here's your bag of pills."
                Optician: "No, I can't make you look beautiful with these glasses."
                Or best yet: "Here's your bag of pills that will make you think you look beautiful with these glasses!"

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by drk View Post
                  You know, the pharmacist thing doesn't really work for me. Sorry.

                  Pharmacist: "drug enforcement agency"
                  Optician: "Glasses designer" (amongst other things).
                  I'm an Optician. People often call me "Doctor" or say I'm an Optometrist. I also get asked several times a day if I do eye exams. That's when the Pharmacist analogy is useful. I fill the prescriptions signed off by Optometrists and Ophthalmologists and don't perform eye exams.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by jefe View Post
                    That's when the Pharmacist analogy is useful. I fill the prescriptions signed off by Optometrists and Ophthalmologists and don't perform eye exams.
                    I use the pharmacist analogy too, but I agree with Drk we are understating our work with that comparison. Though a true pharmacist (not a tech) may have a lot more knowledge than an optician, they don't get to flex it. They are severely restricted on what they can dispense based on the Rx. We as opticians have a near carte blanche ability to fill the Rx as we see fit, which comes with a greater design responsibility. Very rarely do I see an Rx from a doc with "progressive, high-index, premium AR" noted, and even then I still have lifestyle discussion to get more details.

                    I've contemplated other comparisons (recipe and baker? Architect and foreman?), but none seem to telegraph the meaning I want. Work in progress.
                    www.DanielLivingston.com

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                      #25
                      That's a pretty good definition.

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                        #26
                        I was having this discussion with someone the other day. Are we an allied healthcare profession or are we a trade? Healthcare professionals have formal education, tradesmen have apprenticeships. Healthcare professionals have degrees, tradesmen have certifications. As we move more towards a medical model, and away from the do-it-all optician who makes the eyewear they sell in-house, we need to move in the formal education direction.

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                          #27
                          What the world wants is health care professionals.

                          What the world needs is tradesmen.

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by drk View Post
                            What the world wants is health care professionals.

                            What the world needs is tradesmen.
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                              #29
                              My 2 cents
                              Dispensing Opticians should be HC professionals.
                              Lab technicians should be tradesmen.
                              Dispensing opticians could be both.
                              But, the other 2 O’s will fight it, as will big optical. And we all know that many Optometrists have no clue about the art and technical aspects of optical dispensing, nor do OPHs. With a few exceptions, of course. Add to the equation. Big Optical treats their labs as factories.
                              I bend light. That is what I do.

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                                #30
                                There is nothing an optician does that resembles medical anything. There is also nothing that requires a formal education. Like... NOTHING.

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