The American Optician

FALL 2017

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THEN NOW Made for the way we use our eyes today. The average American spends 37 hours a week staring at electronic devices like smartphones, tablets and digital TVs. * Sound familiar? All of these devices emit blue light waves, which can cause eyestrain, headaches, and fatigue. That's why HOYA lenses are specially formulated to absorb and block blue light. LENSES *Source: eMarketer, July 2013 ©2015 HOYA Corporation. 9 M E M B E R S H I P What's Your Opticianry Eye-Q? T here are many opticianry organizations representing our profession. Some people call them the alphabet soup of opticianry because they are usually referred to by their acronyms instead of their full, proper names. But that alphabet soup can get confusing. Do you know what each of opticianry's national organizations do? Try this quiz to find out. 1. Which association is dedicated solely to the education, promotion and advancement of the contact lens professional? 2. Which association administers voluntary certification examinations for dispensing opticians and contact lens technicians? 3. Which association identifies academic programs that meet the standards to produce competent graduates who will provide professional opticianry services to the public? 4. Which association was originally established as "The Guild of Prescription Opticians"? 5. Which is the only organization that represents opticianry's business, professional, educational, legislative and regulatory interests? 6. Which organization is an international organization dedicated solely to education and training for ALL opticians? 7. Which organization is dedicated to facilitating the development of formal opticianry educational programs? 8. Which organization is a credentialing organization that promotes higher education and certification levels for opticians? 9. Which organization's members furnish eyecare products and services, independent of those providing eye examinations? 10. Which organization administers an opticianry educational program known as The Ophthalmic Career Progression Program? 11. Which organization represents both the large optical industry retailers and eyecare providers? 12. Which organization does this mission statement belong to? Our mission is to serve as the single unified voice of the profession of opticianry and to the commitment of promoting the professional stature of opticians through leadership, education, legislative representation and communication. 13. Which organization is a not-for-profit agency that accredits opticianry education programs at colleges in the U.S.? 14. Which organization has a foundation to support contact lens education? 15. Which organization has developed a practical exam for dispensing opticians? 16. Which organization provides a national forum on issues related to opticianry licensure? Bonus Question: What year was the OAA established? a) 1901 b) 1926 c) 1943 d) 1958 Sue Shire is OAA's Communications Committee chair.

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