View Poll Results: Should Opticians Refract

Voters
336. You may not vote on this poll
  • Yes (unequivocally, with no supervision or restrictions)- with formal training

    126 37.50%
  • Yes (with no supervision, but with restrictions as to whom can be seen)

    67 19.94%
  • Yes (with supervision)

    67 19.94%
  • No (because there is no need for Opticians to refract)

    62 18.45%
  • No (Opticians are not capable of refracting)

    14 4.17%
Page 12 of 12 FirstFirst ... 2789101112
Results 276 to 280 of 280

Thread: Should Opticians Refract - The Poll

  1. #276
    OptiBoard Professional
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    California
    Occupation
    Dispensing Optician
    Posts
    164
    I would say that if Opticians want to refract they should have to do some schooling for it. If optometry school is four years, part of it is understanding the science behind refracting. I'm sure most opticians would not enjoy taking a calculus based physics. I personally found my physics class like that very helpful. I think certain on the job training is useful, but that can only go so far. Almost all my engineers friends understand all the optics because they have the schooling and almost all my coworkers don't. Now if there was only a way to convince my friends to take a pay cut, I think I could make them good opticians.

  2. #277
    Master OptiBoarder rbaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Gold Hill, OR
    Occupation
    Other Optical Manufacturer or Vendor
    Posts
    4,372
    If you want to learn refraction on you own, in the dark of night, I suggest that you get a copy of:

    Refraction, A Programmed Text by Robert D. Reinecke, MD and Robert J. Herm, MD

    They also have a Programmed Text on Strabismus.

    Good stuff. Highly recommended.
    Last edited by rbaker; 09-25-2020 at 10:44 PM.

  3. #278
    Eyes eastward... Uilleann's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Utah
    Occupation
    Dispensing Optician
    Posts
    2,857
    Quote Originally Posted by bta89 View Post
    I would say that if Opticians want to refract they should have to do some schooling for it. If optometry school is four years, part of it is understanding the science behind refracting. I'm sure most opticians would not enjoy taking a calculus based physics. I personally found my physics class like that very helpful. I think certain on the job training is useful, but that can only go so far...
    Funny thing is, this is precisely the way many (perhaps even most) COAs and COTs learn refraction. It's on the job. Minimal training. Sure the MD comes in to "check" things, but rarely makes changes in my experience. Refractions aren't billable medical codes of course, so they just don't put much stock in them at all broadly speaking. Many opticians see that and will question the need/utility of formal education in that regard.

    It [quality education] obviously makes sense of course, but playing the devil's advocate here, I think that genie is already out of the bottle.

  4. #279
    Master OptiBoarder
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    In Flux
    Occupation
    Dispensing Optician
    Posts
    1,602
    First you need to define “optician”. Many in my mind would not qualify for that title, never mind refracting.

  5. #280
    OptiBoard Professional Excel-Lentes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Hartford, CT
    Occupation
    Dispensing Optician
    Posts
    242
    Quote Originally Posted by idispense View Post
    First you need to define “optician”. Many in my mind would not qualify for that title, never mind refracting.
    Good point, unfortunately

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Tennessee Licensing Sunset
    By Roy R. Ferguson in forum General Optics and Eyecare Discussion Forum
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 01-18-2005, 10:10 PM
  2. OAA National Opticians Convention to be held at
    By Newsroom in forum Optical Industry News
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-01-2003, 01:09 PM
  3. Letter from the Puerto Rico Academy of Opticians
    By Mark Miller- POF in forum Professional and Educational Organizations Discussion Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-17-2002, 12:47 AM
  4. Q: How do I post a poll?
    By Maria in forum Q&A
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-30-2001, 01:20 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OptiBoard is proudly sponsored by:
Younger Optics and Vision Equipment