about the site

Optician Now was created for Opticians and those seeking certification or licensure to have one central place to find all kinds information relating to the Optician profession as a whole. There really is a lot that goes into being a great Optician.

I’ve tried to include all aspects of Opticianry including why one would want to become a Certified Optician, ABOC exam preparation resources, NCLE exam prep, where you can earn continuing education credits to maintain your certification and general optical training materials. These are not only good resources for an Optician but also good to have on hand for those who are new to the industry or other staff members who could use the knowledge.

The business section includes all of the other aspects of running a practice. As we all know, Opticians do a lot to run the show and should have a grasp on the business side of things like automation services, buying, EHR Software, customer service, leadership, current Optometry industry Podcasts, as well as a whole other barrel of tricks.

I’m always updating and adding to the site’s content as I find new resources. If there is something you find value in that would help others in our industry and should be included on this site, please let me know here.

about the founder

Carissa Dunphy, Optician NowCarissa Dunphy is an ABO Certified Optician and Fellow of the National Academy of Opticianry who has been working in the Optical industry since 2008 and in healthcare for several years prior. She grew up in a house where her parents ran their small business in the home office and she began learning all of the elements of running a business at an early age. Seeing the hard work of her parents instilled in her a strong work ethic, the desire to do and see a job well done and to above all, do the right thing and what’s best for the customer.

She works in a thriving 5 doctor Optometry practice just outside of Seattle in the heart of the technology of Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and many others.  Carissa served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for three years, was a featured contributing Optician in Vision Monday Magazine’s year long Millennial Project, and has been interviewed on the #1 Optometry Podcast, Defocus Media, amongst others. She currently authors the Real Deal column in INVISION Magazine, contributes to The Eyewear Forum Magazine, The Optical Journal, serves on INVISION Magazine’s Brain Squad panel and is a guest contributor for other publications in the industry. See below for links to all publications. Carissa has also published an ABO Continuing Education course, Advanced Digital Measuring Devices – Now More Important Than Ever, with an educational grant provided by Shamir Optical Industry.

Carissa’s formal education is in technology as a Certified Computer Applications Specialist, graduating Phi Theta Kappa, with additional coursework in Bioethics, Justice, Economics, Communications, and Digital Marketing. Before working in the healthcare industry she spent several years working for an internet startup and also a web hosting and live-streaming company where she provisioned servers and built websites for other small businesses. During this time Carissa hosted over 60 live video podcast episodes which ranked as the #2 Marketing and Management Video Podcast, second to the Harvard Business Review.  Her podcast and small business blog has been highlighted on MSN Money, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, GeekWire, StartupNation, The Shark Tank Blog, Barbara Corcoran’s Facebook page, Mark Cuban’s Twitter feed, and various other websites. She felt that her previous knowledge of small business, helping people, and love for Opticianry and technology would be a great combination, and Optician Now was created.


American Board of Opticianry, Certified
Computer Applications Specialist, Certified
ABO Ophthalmic I & II Approved Speaker
Google My Business Certified
Social Media Certified, HubSpot Academy
Content Marketing Certified, HubSpot Academy
Inbound Marketing Certified, HubSpot Academy

in the media


Continuing Education Course: Advanced Digital Measuring Devices – Now More Important Than Ever. Valid through 04/25/2024.


OWA Talks Podcast, Optical Women’s Association

Create A CE Course: An Opportunity To Educate Others And Yourself, Women in Optometry

ECP’s Glam It Up in Their Top Eyewear Gallery, INVISION Magazine

12 Glasses Must-Haves That Will Bring Out Your Inner Nerd, BuzzFeed

Everything in One Place, 20/20 Magazine

Peer-to-Peer Champs Talk 2021, Vitamin See Blog by Shamir

Perfect Vision. Personal Touch, an e-book by Shamir


Better Yourself in 2021 With This Variety of Resources to Advance Your Optical Career, INVISION Magazine

Guest on Specs Appeal Podcast, “Fog Free is the Way to Be


End-of-Year Sales, Vitamin See Blog by Shamir

Why You Need to be a Patient, Vitamin See Blog by Shamir

Shamir Peer-to-Peer Champion, October 2019

Life of a Positive Optician Podcast, Eyetrepreneur

Meaningful Connections Build Loyalty, Women in Optometry

When Their Tech Lets them Down, These ECPs Have Things Covered, Invision Magazine

Optometry Podcast: Carissa Dunphy Talks Optician Now, Defocus Media


Get More Patients into Your Office with Google Virtual Tour, Optometry Web

Millennial Project, Vision Monday Magazine:
Millennial Influence Supplement
Marketing to Millennials
Millennial ECP’s IRL
Direct Messages From Millennial ECP’s
The Hashtag Army

Real Deal writer for INVISION Magazine

The Eyewear Forum Magazine

The Optical Journal