“Real Life” – Being an Optical/Optometric Assistant

Giving someone the gift of sight is a serious endeavor, and a tremendous experience. As an Optical/Optometric Assistant, you can be at the forefront of that experience. From greeting patients entering the clinic and listening to their needs, to helping find the right solutions for them, Optical/Optometric Assistants are often the link that brings this gift to life.

At Lamson Institute in San Antonio, Texas, you will learn the in’s and out’s of engaging meaningfully with patients. Your responsibilities may include setting up specific appointments, helping someone figure out how to use their contact lenses or glasses, and assisting with vision tests. And we will prepare you for just that. Hence the reason why we thought this video was quite fitting for anyone who believes helping with people’s sight is as important as we do.

This video offers a quick glance into the type of knowledge you will gain through Lamson’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 multi-focal,” 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.

The key factor, states Dr. Teske, is to keep your sight in the correct areas to achieve the desired vision when using these glasses. That means, 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 multifocal lenses, offer a three-in-one option, they may not be right for everyone. As Dr. Teske shares, if a patient spends a lot of time reading, they may need to get specific, read-only glasses. In the same way, patients that spend a lot of time in front of a computer may need particular mid-range focused glasses.

This is the kind of advice that 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 Lamson 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 Lamson help. Start your path toward becoming an Optical/Optometrist Assistant today.

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