The American Optician

FALL 2017

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1 4 While some people suggest that the best years of opticianry are behind it, I assure you that opticianry is very much alive and well. Sure, opticianry has had many challenges over the years. For instance, in the 1980s, we were sure that contact lenses would do us in; in the 1990s, refractive surgery was going to give us the final blow; and today, online eyeglass sales definitely represents the kiss of death. Yes, we opticians have a flair for the dramatic. Yet, despite all the technological and medical advancement, the optical industry is a $23 billion business and growing steadily. What makes opticians so successful? We not only help people see, but we help them look and feel good about themselves. With more than 80% of the brain's function dealing with vision, we directly impact our clients' lives. To perform these miracles, we heavily rely on refraction. HISTORY OF REFRACTION Trial frames and trial lenses were the early tools used to perform refractions. The refractionist used retinoscopy to arrive at a starting point for the refraction. Today, technology allows for fast and accurate measurements. Autorefractors deliver excellent subjective refractions. Click here for a visual timeline. By Mag gie Sayers What you need to know about refraction and how it can help your opticianry career BETTER ONE or BETTER TWO?

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