Professional in visual impairment: optician

The optician is a healthcare professional and salesperson that makes glasses and contact lenses on the ophthalmologist's prescription. He advises his clients on their choice of frame and lenses. 

"What is an optician?

Both salesperson and healthcare professional, the optician makes, adapts and issues glasses and contact lenses that compensate visual deficiencies, following the prescription of an ophthalmologist.

The optician is the only professional licensed to deliver lenses.

The optician is also authorized, in the case of a renewal, to undertake eyesight tests to adapt eyeglasses for people older than 16, within the limit of three years following an ophthalmologist's prescription.

What does an optician do ?

When delivering eyeglasses:

After reading the ophthalmologist's prescription, the optician assesses, with the client, their needs and everyday habits. He selects the frame that suits the most the bearer's morphology and the lenses the best adapted to the person's habits (handiwork, working with screens...) Finally, the optician informs the client on the technical characteristics of the different lenses and frames.

- The optician is responsible for mounting eyeglasses in the store's workshop or in a shared workshop.

* after having selected and ordered the lenses, the optician checks them, focuses them and centers them depending on the calibration of the frame and the pupil distance of the client ;

* The lenses are then cut, shaped and inserted into the frame.

- At the delivery, the optician adjusts the glasses and performs the necessary adjustments.

- He provides after-sales service and possible repairs

When delivering contact lenses, the optician follows a strict control procedure with the client, making sure that they are well adapted and tolerated by the client. He is only permitted to provide products prescribed by the ophthalmologist or doctor, except otherwise authorized by one of the two aforementioned people.

- The optician provides after-sales service.

When re-adapting the correction for defective visions, with the help of ophthalmologists, orthoptists and other specialized professionals,

- he helps people with visual deficiencies choose the technical aids the best adapted to their disabilities, delivers the equipments and helps them adapt to their new devices.

What studies are there to become an optician ?

- The optician must hold a two-year Optician technical diploma (BTS), delivered by an establishment recognized by the State education.

- The optician can also follow complementary courses:

* technical courses

* two-year professional qualification certificates

* one-year university courses (DU)

* Two-year vocational training courses can be validated after obtaining a professional degree in optometry

* Two year full-time or five-year vocational training courses are validated by obtaining a Master's degree in visual sciences.

* commercial courses

* Two-year professional qualification certificates" 

Date: 12/24/2012
Author: Robert Waquet
Organization: Centich, France
Only for Members: No
Content type: Good practises
Tags: optician
Categories: Medical & Functions, Eye - Vision impairment