View Poll Results: Should Opticians Refract

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  • Yes (unequivocally, with no supervision or restrictions)- with formal training

    120 37.62%
  • Yes (with no supervision, but with restrictions as to whom can be seen)

    64 20.06%
  • Yes (with supervision)

    63 19.75%
  • No (because there is no need for Opticians to refract)

    58 18.18%
  • No (Opticians are not capable of refracting)

    14 4.39%
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Thread: Should Opticians Refract - The Poll

  1. #276
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    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
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    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.

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