The Three O's.

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Alteaon, Jul 1, 2005.

  1. Alteaon

    Alteaon Guest

    This may seem like a rather trivial post, but it is something that
    needs to be adressed.

    Many posts imply that the optician is the person who gave the patient
    the Rx for thier contacts or glasses.

    It could be different where you live, but here, the Rx is given by the
    Optometrist, or the Ophthalmologist (sic). In some areas, an optician
    may also refract the patient, but the OD has to sign off on the Rx.

    As an optician, I do very little refracting, and more of nuetralizing
    the Rx for the patients needs. Even on the certification tests I've
    taken and the conferences and classes I've attended, refraction has not
    been a big part of it.

    Hey, I could be wrong, but in a group such as this, it's important to
    get the terminology right, as it can lead to confusion.

    Not to be sassy,

    Alteaon, Jul 1, 2005
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  2. Alteaon

    Mark A Guest

    The reason for that is that some large chain stores have an in-house
    optometrist and the customer considers the OD and the optician as one
    entity, even though they are usually legally separated (and the OD must have
    an outside door in addition to a door into the retail store).
    Mark A, Jul 1, 2005
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  3. Refracting opticians do not exist. The original term was ophthalmic
    optician, which was a legally protected title, optometrist was not used
    until the late '90s as it was not a legally protected title, now it is.
    Dispensing opticians may provided that they hold the ABDO's qualification
    for contact lens fitting write a contact lens prescription.


    Ian Hodgson - Isle of Man
    Ian Hodgson Opticians Ltd, Jul 2, 2005
  4. Alteaon

    Tom Guest

    I think people ought to be saying what country they are talking about
    when they write. That is what causes the confusion. We in Britain
    see the opitician for our prescription. The ophthalmologist wouldn't
    be interested.

    Even you, Alteaon, talk about "here" .. where the **** is here? Would
    it be America by some chance.. as it seems to me that it is Americans
    who always assume that everyone will know where they are.

    Tom, Jul 2, 2005
  5. Alteaon

    Mark A Guest

    If that person is from the USA, then they also need to specify the state.
    Maybe some states allow opticians to refract a patient and have an OD sign
    off on it, but I don't think that is common practice in most states.
    Mark A, Jul 2, 2005
  6. Alteaon

    Alteaon Guest

    Okay, to answer "where the f... is here" as it was so eloquently
    stated. I am from Wisconsin, in the USA. You happy! Now, you can throw
    all your anti-American sentiment my way!
    Alteaon, Jul 3, 2005
  7. Alteaon

    Alteaon Guest

    I apologize for being so aggressive, but this is a learning experience
    for everyone. I am sorry that I did not specify where I am from, but it
    is no need to be so rude about it.
    Alteaon, Jul 3, 2005
  8. Alteaon

    Tom Guest

    Now you just need to learn to quote some of the post to which you are
    responding and we'll all be happy :)

    Tom, Jul 3, 2005
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