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  1. There is a huge difference between apprenticeship...

    There is a huge difference between apprenticeship as defined by the Department of Labor and the “apprenticeship” opticians have embraced over the past decades. A true apprenticeship incorporates an...
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    For well over a decade my firm has been...

    For well over a decade my firm has been administering a hand-on practical for opticianry. There are two points that are applicable to this discussion. First, the test has been described as “too...
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    Hi All: This is for the Marco 101. According...

    Hi All:

    This is for the Marco 101. According to my manuals the method also applies to B&L and others.

    EYEPIECE FOCUS:
    Focus of the eyepiece is the single most critical adjustment for the...
  4. I’ve located two studies. One states;...

    I’ve located two studies. One states; “Measurements of repeatability using the 95% LoA for the examiner are -0.79 to + 0.73 mm for the pupilometer.” The other: “The average error in mean value of...
  5. I have a question regarding pupilometers. The...

    I have a question regarding pupilometers. The instruments read out in 0.50 mm increments. What manufacturer claims their product isactually capable of measuring a PD at this level of accuracy? ...
  6. Interesting point! You need to share this with...

    Interesting point! You need to share this with Reichert, Marco, and B&L.

    Roy
  7. The following is for the Reichert ML1. Marco and...

    The following is for the Reichert ML1. Marco and B&L use similarsteps when focusing the eyepiece. With the piece of paper we are simulating Kohler Illumination or more commonly known as Bright...
  8. When we started administering the hands-on...

    When we started administering the hands-on practical my company developed, GaugeMasters were provided the candidates at the test site to allow them to check the accuracy of their lens clocks and...
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    Important: Resources for ABO study material

    In an earlier thread I was asked to provide the Table of Contents for the ABO Review book offered through the OAA. The page numbers follow the topic.

    Roy

    TESTING SKILLS 3 - 5
    OPHTHALMIC...
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    Important: Several years ago I created a manual to help with...

    Several years ago I created a manual to help with the ABO review as well serve as a guide for training apprentice opticians. It may be more comprehensive than one designed to impart the minimal...
  11. I agree. Now, where can I locate that in an...

    I agree. Now, where can I locate that in an opticianry text or ANSI standards? Subject skills are necessary, but how do you measure them? The items I listed are from an opticianry licensing test.
  12. We recently analyzed two years of practical exam...

    We recently analyzed two years of practical exam results for dispensing opticians.

    64% could not measure the distance between horizontal prism reference points.
    60% could not calculate vertical...
  13. I ask this question in all seriousness; what is...

    I ask this question in all seriousness; what is an acceptable level of ignorance for opticianry?
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    Thanks, this is one of the studies I've been able...

    Thanks, this is one of the studies I've been able to locate. Do you know of any others? An Optometrist asked me if I knew of any papers regarding the subject and I was surprised to have this much...
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    Thanks, I'm having a bit of trouble opening this.

    Thanks, I'm having a bit of trouble opening this.
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    Pupillometer Information

    Do any OptiBoard members knowof research done into the accuracy of corneal reflection pupillometers? I’ve done literature searches and found oneor two, but nothing recent. Themanufacturers...
  17. Out of curiosity, under what circumstances are...

    Out of curiosity, under what circumstances are progressive lenses not fit mid-pupil? This is not a trick question.
  18. My favorite story was the man who brought his...

    My favorite story was the man who brought his wife’s glasses back after a couple of months asking for a refund. When asked what was wrong with the glasses he replied, “Nothing, she died last week...
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    Ten or so years ago my company created,...

    Ten or so years ago my company created, validated, and has been administering, a very basic hands-on practical examination in several licensed states. It was designed to be an entry-level test...
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    In my opinion, Warren and I are probably the only...

    In my opinion, Warren and I are probably the only two on OptiBoard that remembers this 1993 OAA resolution. My hope was that opticianry would take a small step towards education. Nothing changed in...
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    The Management/Business related questions are a...

    The Management/Business related questions are a problem since many are out of date or address obscure items that require the recall of minutia. That’s one of the reasons I’ve labeled the exam as...
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    I have a great deal of admiration for the...

    I have a great deal of admiration for the self-taught opticians that challenge and pass the advanced exam. Opticianry is the only health related field that still, with the exception of the very few...
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    The breadth of the ABO Advanced exam makes...

    The breadth of the ABO Advanced exam makes overall preparation difficult at best. The topics lack the depth of the old Masters test and, in my opinion, can best be summed up as an exercise in...
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    When I’m teaching the advanced exam review one of...

    When I’m teaching the advanced exam review one of the hints I give concerns Martins formula. For a plus lens, incorrect pantoscopic tilt will induce extra + sphere and + cylinder on the 180 axis. ...
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    The formulas are in the test booklet. I didn't...

    The formulas are in the test booklet. I didn't realize these were included until after the test. A scientific calculator is supplied.

    Darryl is right; this test in no way resembles the old...
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