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    Books for Optical Dispensers

    Hello All:

    I am starting a class for Opticians in CA, and am looking for some good books for my students to use.

    It is a 6-month class (8am-3pm, M-F), and covers front and back office dispensing. I also want to include contacts....

    I also need recommendations for ABO/NCLE review books.

    Thanks,
    Amita
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    Welcome to Optiboard!

    What books have you used along the way? That should be a good start.



    Check out this article in EyeCare Professional Magazine.

    http://www.ecpmag.com/1webmagazine/2...al-library.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by infotech View Post
    Hello All:

    I am starting a class for Opticians in CA, and am looking for some good books for my students to use.

    It is a 6-month class (8am-3pm, M-F), and covers front and back office dispensing. I also want to include contacts....

    I also need recommendations for ABO/NCLE review books.

    Thanks,
    Amita
    Opticianry:
    System for Ophthalmic Dispensing
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/075...=onlinoptic-20

    Contact Lenses:
    CLSA Contact Lens Manual Vol. 1
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=onlinoptic-20
    Contact Lens Practice
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/075...=onlinoptic-20

    Ophthalmic Assisting:
    The Ophthalmic Assistant
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/032...=onlinoptic-20

    Reference Material:
    Dictionary of Ophthalmic Optics
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/075...=onlinoptic-20
    Optical Formulas Tutorial
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/075...=onlinoptic-20

    With those books your students will be able to tackle the world of course with a 6 month program you won't be able to cram all those books into your curriculum. I would go with System and the dictionary, fro the NCLE the contact lens manual is invaluable and for the ABO if they get through the first half of system they'll be fine.

    I would at least have every book mentioned here in the class library then make the purchase:

    System (ABO)
    Contact Lens Manual (NCLE)
    Dictionary

    If you are also training them for techs:

    The Ophthalmic Assistant (CPOA or COA)

    Good luck.
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    When you decide you might want to try this on your students.

    Learned a technique in late junior high school (I was the kid that knew the answers, and worked the problems in his head but never had his homework). I worked night shift and graveyard as well as week-ends in high-school. The trick was to get copies of the text books at the start of the Summer. Read them, nothing else just read them. By the time school started, I could sleep in class and still get by with a 75-80 average.
    It beat the hell out of trying to read it the night before or cramming for test and finding out you were so tired you didn't remember anything.

    Chip

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    I think that book "Pure Optics" by Phernell Walker is great. We used it recently for a one day training session and all attendees were very complimentary. Each chapter ends with a review quiz and the language is and graphics are reader friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chip anderson View Post
    Learned a technique in late junior high school (I was the kid that knew the answers, and worked the problems in his head but never had his homework). I worked night shift and graveyard as well as week-ends in high-school. The trick was to get copies of the text books at the start of the Summer. Read them, nothing else just read them. By the time school started, I could sleep in class and still get by with a 75-80 average.
    It beat the hell out of trying to read it the night before or cramming for test and finding out you were so tired you didn't remember anything.

    Chip
    I did the same thing in college! It does really help. I remember falling asleep once and the professor jolted me with a tough question (it was probably the drool that gave me away) and I had the answer. He was dissappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chip anderson View Post
    Learned a technique in late junior high school (I was the kid that knew the answers, and worked the problems in his head but never had his homework). I worked night shift and graveyard as well as week-ends in high-school. The trick was to get copies of the text books at the start of the Summer. Read them, nothing else just read them. By the time school started, I could sleep in class and still get by with a 75-80 average.
    It beat the hell out of trying to read it the night before or cramming for test and finding out you were so tired you didn't remember anything.

    Chip

    That is GREAT advise! I am taking the board exam on sunday and I am psyching myself out. I have been reading and studying so mych these last few months, ao I am going to take a break and let it settle ion my brain. Thanks!

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    Big Smile "The Optician Training Manual"

    "The Optician Training Manual" is a great book for training the opticians in my office. Good for both new and seasoned opticians. End of chapter test questions make for good weekly discussions. The first 80% of the book is on clinically relevant opthalmic optics, the last chapter is great for training in sales techniques and making for happy customers. Probably the best book of its type I have found. Not an ABO study guide, but a great in-office training tool for the clinically relevant stuff. :)

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    I have the pernell by pure optics it is not that great of a book. I recommend systems for opthalmic dispensing 3rd addition.

    I am looking for a book used. I am looking for the tops dispensing manual by michael disanton

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