“Real Life” – Being an Optical/Optometric Assistant

Optical/Optometric Assistants are at the frontlines so to speak, of the optometric field. Usually, they are the ones to greet patients entering a clinic, listen to their needs, and help find direct solutions that are right for them. And when it comes to vision, we understand that every aspect must be taken seriously.

Giving someone the gift of sight is one of those serious aspects, and a tremendous experience. So, we thought this video was quite fitting for anyone that believes that vision is as important as we do here at NCE in Citrus Heights, California.

This video provides a quick insight into the type of the knowledge you can possess upon completing NCE’s Optical/Optometric Assistant Program, and that you can share with patients who cross your path. In it, progressive lenses are explained to help viewers get used to their glasses and enjoy their vision.

So, how does it work?

“A progressive lens is a multifocal,” shares Dr. Sam Teske, OD. “There are many powers to it.”

Such powers include:

  • Seeing distance: located at the top of the lens.
  • Seeing mid-range: also known as the computer area, this is located at the middle part of the lens.
  • Reading: located at the bottom of the lens.

Therefore, the key factor, says Dr. Teske, is to keep your sight in the correct areas to achieve the desired vision when using these glasses. In other words, when looking for distance, one should look through the top portion of the lens. When looking at something like one’s computer, then it is the middle area that one should look through. And when reading, one should look through the bottom. If any movement is made out of these zones, one will notice distortion or “blur.” So, you will generally need to adjust your distance when reading as well, to find optimal vision.

While progressive glasses, or multi-focal lenses, offer a three-in-one option, they may not be the right fit for everyone. As Dr. Teske shares, if a patient reads a lot, they may need to get specific, read-only glasses. In the same way, patients that work in front of a computer a lot may need particular mid-range focused glasses.

Such advice like this is what sets optical/optometric assistants apart; it’s this detailed knowledge and skill that will assist patients and optometrists alike with finding the right solutions. It is this understanding that drives us at NCE to prepare our students in the Optical/Optometrist Assistant Program with the right knowledge and skill to find the right employment opportunities for them. We understand your time is precious, your vision too, and that your vision includes much more than just completing your course work. It may be to provide more for your family, to set yourself up for a meaningful career. Let us at NCE help. Start your path toward becoming an Optical/Optometrist Assistant today.

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