Category: Interviews

Interview: North Point Eyewear — From Pittsburgh

I am thrilled to share an eyewear brand that was recently introduced to me. Proudly designed and produced in the USA, North Point Eyewear brand was founded on our fundamental belief in American craftsmanship and quality along with precise design. Manufactured in their factory Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania factory, North Point Eyewear frames are created from the finest global components including acetate from Italy, and German hinges and core wires. Each frame is designed using 3D CAD software, while the acetate is

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Becoming An Optician: Yaacov Wexler, ABOC, NCLEC, LDO, FNAO

What is your advice for someone working their way to become an Optician? Learn from as many professionals and mentors who share the same passion for optics as you do. Ask to show how everything works so that you become better familiar with equipment, and technology. Invest time and resources like Optigal and Laramy-K, for example.   Why should anyone get certified/licensed? If you have a passion for what you do in optics then strive for certification and license if

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Becoming An Optician: Nathan Hill, ABOC

What is your advice for someone working their way to become an Optician? Take it one day at a time. There is a lot to learn and plenty of time to learn it. This is one of the best industries due to it’s close knit community, utilize fellow opticians as a sounding board.   Why should anyone get certified/licensed? It provides credibility and you will gain a great sense of pride.   In your experience, what is the best way

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Linda Conlin

Becoming An Optician: Linda Conlin, LO, ABOC, NCLEC

What is your advice for someone working their way to become an Optician? Go to every source you can find – mentors, publications, CE classes, texts, online forums.       Why should anyone get certified/licensed? Certification demonstrates that you are qualified and competent. It shows that you maintain up-to-date skills and knowledge, while increasing earning potential and job opportunities.   In your experience, what is the best way to prepare for an Opticianry test? Study everything you can find

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Carissa Dunphy on Defocus Media Podcast

Become A Better Optician Podcast Interview

Dr. Glover recently had me as a guest on the Defocus Media Podcast. We discussed the different credentials opticians can obtain, including my own path to becoming an optician, and my latest article (which is also an accredited COPE CE), Exploring the Impact of Lens Coatings on Emotional Connection.   Watch the video below or visit Defocus Media to read more, listen, or subscribe.

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Andrew Bruce, LDO, ABOM, NCLE-AC

Becoming An Optician: Andrew Bruce, LDO, ABOM, NCLE-AC

What is your advice for someone working their way to become an Optician? Stay focused on the impact you’re able to have on your patients’ quality of life.   Why should anyone get certified/licensed? The knowledge necessary to become certified or licensed serves to enable you to provide better service and care to your patients. Also, being certified or licensed increases your credibility in the eyes of your patients, and helps present a high standard of care in your office.

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Becoming An Optician: Lauren Lessley, LDO

What is your advice for someone working their way to become an Optician? Accept any training someone is willing to give/teach. Those who have been in the industry and have personal experience, will offer some great tips and tricks of the trade. We are all continuously learning and every day we can learn something new!! I love asking other Opticians “what is your trade secret?” So many fellow OptiGeeks have shared some golden nuggets of information and tricks to even

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Jason Boldt, LDO, ABOC, NCLE

Becoming An Optician: Jason Boldt, LDO, ABOC, NCLE

What is your advice for someone working their way to become an Optician? We have an industry that allows us to continuously learn and grow professionally and it’s amazing. Be ready for learning, and multiple learning curves, but trust me it’s a fun ride. The most important thing, and best advice I can give: Ask questions. There are no stupid ones and we are happy to share knowledge.   Why should anyone get certified/licensed? Those pieces of paper and letters

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Lisa Bourque LDO, ABOC, NCLEC

Becoming An Optician: Lisa Bourque LDO, ABOC, NCLEC

What is your advice for someone working their way to become an Optician? If you have a state society join it! You will find that you can learn so much from your fellow opticians. Take courses, read trade magazines, find your passion within the industry!   Why should anyone get certified/licensed? If you consider this your profession then you should want to be highly educated and credentialed to show your patients that you are knowledgable!   In your experience, what

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Jesse Anderson, ABOC

Becoming An Optician: Jesse Anderson, ABOC

What is your advice for someone working their way to become an Optician? Make sure you love what you’re learning. Working is so much easier when you enjoy what you’re doing. When I was first put in a position in an eye clinic, I had no medical work history and I was overwhelmed. The negative self talk was flooding my mind but I pushed past it and studied harder for the ABO than any other test I’ve ever taken.  

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