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    What do you consider yourself, as an optician?

    A health care worker? A technician?

    Health care worker: deals with people, medical conditions, wears scrubs or something, knows what macular degeneration is, bills health insurance....

    Technician: deals with prescriptions, optical conditions like anisometropia, wears a dress or shirt, knows what the Varilux Comfort Max works like, has a strong preference for trivex...

    Personally I vacillate and want to know how you handle this.

    #2
    IMO opticians are professional craftspeople. Skilled workers who draw from different disciplines to facilitate acceptable vision with eyeglasses. Some may have a more "clinical" outlook. Others more of a manufacturing/technical outlook. I think an either/or view is doing a disservice, because you need both to be successful.
    Optical Cross: n. crucifixion apparatus used by the New Jersey State Board.

    "It is not knowing, but the love of learning, that characterizes the scientific [person]." -Charles Sanders Peirce

    "A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window. -Gilles Deleuze

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      #3
      An optician is anyone who works with lenses even if they are not ophthalmic. I think you are looking to define a dispensing optician who works with lenses relative to eye glasses. I was told that optician is a contraction of optical magician not optical technician as in the early days when the physics of light were not understood the magic that lenses did were considered in the realm of magical. Things like bringing an object closer telescope or seeing things that we did not know existed like bacteria or restoring vision in old people.

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        #4
        In the state of Florida a Florida Licensed Optician is classified in the MQA web site, https://mqa-vo.doh.state.fl.us/datam...ervicesportal/ as a medical professional. So therefore you have a state medical license just like a Nurse, Dentist, Optometry, chiropractic care, or any MD practicing medicine. So yes, we are considered health care workers here in florida.

        You will not find us listed in the DBPR web site, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, https://www.myfloridalicense.com/. Which is where you would find Landscaping, Real Estate, Barbers, Certified Public Accountants and of all things Veterinary Medicine which I would of thought would be listed on the MQA website.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Lensman11 View Post
          An optician is anyone who works with lenses even if they are not ophthalmic. I think you are looking to define a dispensing optician who works with lenses relative to eye glasses. I was told that optician is a contraction of optical magician not optical technician as in the early days when the physics of light were not understood the magic that lenses did were considered in the realm of magical. Things like bringing an object closer telescope or seeing things that we did not know existed like bacteria or restoring vision in old people.
          OED says:
          optician
          n. BRITISH. a person qualified to prescribe and dispense glasses and contact lenses, and to detect eye diseases (ophthalmic optician) or to make and supply glasses and contact lenses (dispensing optician).
          - US. a dispensing optician
          <origin> late 17th century: from the French opticien, from medieval Latin optica 'optics'.

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          So, yeah probably not a contraction of optical magician.
          Optical Cross: n. crucifixion apparatus used by the New Jersey State Board.

          "It is not knowing, but the love of learning, that characterizes the scientific [person]." -Charles Sanders Peirce

          "A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window. -Gilles Deleuze

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            #6
            OK, how about "medical technologist"?

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              #7
              Originally posted by drk View Post
              OK, how about "medical technologist"?
              Now that sounds like someone who repairs medical equipment. Not someone who uses medical equipment with a patient as a subject.

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                #8
                "Medical technician"? "Med tech"? I'm not going to change a great name like Optician, but I'm interested in drawing lines to similar things, kind of like when we were in school and we had to draw a line from one column to the matching idea in the other column.

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                  #9
                  We're salespeople and personal frames stylists with a little healthcare thrown in. (Sometimes we have to be psychiatrists and therapists too...) I've been on the clinical side having done optometric tech work and front desk work. That knowledge has made it easier to educate patients on what to expect from their glasses when they have chronic dry eye, wet ARMD, poorly managed diabetes, etc.. Not every complaint means there is anything "wrong" with the glasses. But I don't like wearing scrubs so I will stick with dispensing optician.
                  :spin:Krystle:spin:

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                    #10
                    Another brick in the wall;)

                    "Professional Dispensing Optician"

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                      #11
                      The states themselves don't even use the same terminology. I'm licensed in FL and KY. FL uses the term Licensed Dispensing Optician (LDO) while KY uses the term Licensed Ophthalmic Dispenser.

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                        #12
                        With this position I feel like we are many things. We have to be able to read minds and pick out the perfect pair of glasses. We have to know so much more then just how to place an order I feel we need to know everything the pts past and what they want from the glasses for the future. I have sat with many patents just to talk with them to find out what they want out of their eyewear. We have to be on top of all the fashion designs and make sure we have them ( even when we think my goodness who in their right mind would wear them. ) We have to be so many things and also understand them all. As an Optician we have to be everything the front staff the dispensers and a tech for the dr. I figure we should be able to do anything in the office except the eye exam.
                        So in a way a Miracle worker.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by drk View Post
                          "Medical technician"? "Med tech"? I'm not going to change a great name like Optician, but I'm interested in drawing lines to similar things, kind of like when we were in school and we had to draw a line from one column to the matching idea in the other column.
                          What part of being an optician could be considered "medical"? Clinical and analytical definitely, but medical? This may have come from opticians who work in a medical setting getting an inflated sense of what theyre actually doing. A doctor is a medical professional. A nurse is a medical professional. Would you say that a janitor who works in a hospital is a medical professional? What about a cook in the hospital cafeteria? Saying that they are not doesnt diminish the importance of their work. Just because opticians rub up against, ally with, and liaise with medical professionals doesnt mean we can be said to be medical professionals. And it doesnt diminish the work that we do to say so IMO.
                          Optical Cross: n. crucifixion apparatus used by the New Jersey State Board.

                          "It is not knowing, but the love of learning, that characterizes the scientific [person]." -Charles Sanders Peirce

                          "A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window. -Gilles Deleuze

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                              #15
                              I want to add, the one thing I never considered myself..A salesman. I didn’t “sell” . I educated and would recommend a product. It was always up to the patient what they purchased. I really detested it when I was told I was a really good salesman when I was only trying to let them make an informed decision on their eyecare needs.

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