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Eyecare Specialist

Helping others see better

Did you know that 80% of all visual care in the United States is provided by Eyecare Specialists? That means that they are a vital member of the eye health field.

Eyecare Specialists help fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists. They are also commonly responsible for maintaining patient charts, obtaining patients' histories, patient screening, selecting frames for prescription mounting and prescription verification. Additional duties may include scheduling customer appointments, administrative activities, ordering supplies and helping customers decide which eyeglass frames or contact lenses to buy.

The need for quality eye care services is growing as the older population increases and rates of certain chronic diseases that may cause vision problems rises. As a result, there are excellent opportunities in the optometric and ophthalmology fields and in the fashionable eyewear industry for trained Eyecare Specialists.

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Job Growth Outlook:

The growth in the older population is anticipated to lead to greater demand for eye care services. Because people usually have eye problems more frequently as they age, the need for opticians is likely to grow with the increase in the number of older people.

Eyecare Specialists

Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26*

Eyecare Specialists
15%
Other health care support occupations
14%
Total, all occupations
7%
Number of Jobs, 2016:
77,600
Employment Change, 2016-26:
11,600
Job Growth Outlook:(Much faster than average)
15%

Eyecare Specialist Overview

The Eyecare Specialist program at North-West College is a professional health care training course designed to provide the fundamental knowledge and education needed to work as a technical assistant under a doctor’s supervision.

Eyecare Specialists routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:

  • Scheduling patient appointments.
  • Receiving customers’ prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Measuring customers’ eyes and faces, such as the distance between their pupils.
  • Helping customers choose eyeglass frames and lens treatments, such as eyewear for occupational use or sports, tints or anti-reflective coatings, based on their vision needs and style preferences.
  • Creating work orders for ophthalmic laboratory technicians, providing information about the lenses needed.
  • Adjusting eyewear to ensure a good fit.
  • Repairing or replacing broken eyeglass frames.
  • Educating customers about eyewear—for example, showing them how to care for their contact lenses.
  • Performing business tasks, such as maintaining sales records, keeping track of customers’ prescriptions, and ordering and maintaining inventory.

 

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dispensing Opticians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/opticians-dispensing.htm (visited March 2019).

** North-West College cannot guarantee employment.

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