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Optician Certification Training

Prepare for ABO Optician Certification Online

American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification is the nationally recognized standard for certifying an optician's qualifications. This 100% online course will teach you the terminology, calculations, and procedures opticians use to assess vision, evaluate corrective options and correct optical problems. Using a step-by-step methodology, you will prepare to test on key areas required by the ABO certification exam.

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Optician Certification Training

Self-Paced - Instructor Led

Study on your own schedule

6 months / 150 Course Hours
Includes Certificate of Completion from Webster University

Job Outlook for Opticians

Due to an aging population and emerging technologies in vision correction and options in eyewear, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects robust opportunities for opticians. It expects job growth for opticians to expand by 7% between now and 2028, faster than average growth for all jobs.

Opticians earned $37,840 on average for 2019, according to BLS data. PayScale.com notes that top opticians earn over $52,000 in pay and associated bonuses.

Opticians overwhelmingly enjoy their work. Among 10,000 employees in more than 200 jobs surveyed by Business Insider, only opticians scored a 100% job satisfaction rate. The survey results noted that opticians incur less stress and enjoy the results of their work more than other professions.

Optician FAQs

WHAT DO OPTICIANS DO?
Opticians use data from prescriptions made by Optometrists or Ophthalmologists to help patients and customers fit glasses or contact lenses. They may take measurements of the ocular area, recommend appropriate frames or contact lenses and help fit and adjust frames or lenses as needed.

IS CERTIFICATION NECESSARY FOR OPTICIANS?
Many US states require certification for opticians. In those that do not, many clinics, eye health facilities and professionals require certification as a condition of optician employment. ABO certification generally meets both requirements. However, we do recommend researching the state requirements prior to pursuing a career as an optician.

WHAT DOES THE ABO EXAM INVOLVE?
The ABO exam covers ophthalmic science and a combination of ocular anatomy, principles of ophthalmic products and instruments, dispensing procedures and legal considerations for opticians.

WHAT SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT FOR OPTICIANS?
Opticians need to be able to read and fill prescriptions, calculate formulas, use ophthalmic equipment, keep up with eyewear styles and trends, relate to patients, and understand human eyes and the difficulties and diseases they encounter.


Course Objectives

  • Prepare to take and pass the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exam
  • Learn how to understand and assign prescriptions to customers
  • Develop an understanding of the human eye and its functions
  • Understand corrective eye care solutions available for patients
  • Learn how prisms and lenses work

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Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, a high school diploma or GED is required to take the ABO exam.

ABO LogoCurriculum

  • What is an optician?
  • The parts of the eye
  • Refractive errors
  • Strabismus and amblyopia
  • Other common ocular conditions
  • Frame basics
  • Frame styling
  • Aligning frames
  • Adjusting frames
  • A quick look at light
  • Reading a prescription
  • More about prescriptions and lens types
  • Lens materials
  • Prism basics
  • Fresnel prisms
  • Optical effects of lens curvature
  • Multifocal lens considerations
  • The manual lensometer
  • More about opticianry measurements and calculations
  • Simple math and algebra
  • Soft contact lenses
  • Gas-permeable contact lenses
  • Legal responsibilities and ethics
  • Preparing for the abo exam

Registration and Enrollment

This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

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American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification is the nationally recognized standard for certifying an optician's qualifications. This 100% online course will teach you the terminology, calculations, and procedures opticians use to assess vision, evaluate corrective options and correct optical problems. Using a step-by-step methodology, you will prepare to test on key areas required by the ABO certification exam.