Prepare for your National Opticianry Certification Exam (NOCE) to become a Certified American Board of Opticianry (ABOC) Optician. Review the ABO Exam Handbook for all of the details. See Certified National Contact Lens Examiner (NCLE) exam material here.
Preparing for your exams can be intimidating so we’ve prepared a list of resources (some paid and some free) to help you learn the formulas, standards, calculations, definitions and everything else you’ll need to know to pass your test. I do also recommend talking with others in the industry, everyone has different takes on knowledge and experiences and you can’t get enough while you’re prepping for this exam. You may want to check out the Optical Industry Resource Page, to find groups if you want to bounce ideas off of others or review past topics.
Optician’s Friend study guide/formula finder: a comprehensive list of formulas and principles needed, all in one place.
The Vision Council’s Ophthalmic Prescription Lenses ANSI Z80.1 Standards: recommended to know these for the ABO test.
OptiCampus Material Reference Chart: All optical measurements are based upon US standards (Helium d line). Actual values may vary depending upon individual lens supplier and product type. Trademarks may apply and are property of the owners as indicated.
System for Ophthalmic Dispensing 3rd Edition: The ultimate ophthalmic dispensing reference, this book provides a step-by-step system for properly fitting and adjusting eyewear. It covers every aspect of dispensing ― from basic terminology to frame selection to eyewear fitting, adjusting, and repairing.
TOPS – Training Optical Professionals: Trusted by Opticians preparing for Certification over the years, the 2nd Edition of Michael DiSanto’s TOPS Manual is back! Chapters (including quizzes) cover Dispensing Theory, Dispensing Well Designed Lenses, Prisms and Light, Prisms and Lenses, Lens Materials, Designs and Enhancements, Frame Fitting Theory, Instruments and Measurements, Ophthalmic Frame Materials and Sunwear, Special Dispensing Situations, Professional Optical Selling, Glossary, Chapter Quiz and Answer Keys.
National Opticianry Certification Exam Preparation, Basic Certification
Carrie Wilson is a Master in Ophthalmic Optics, Advanced Certified Contact Lens Fitter, and soon to have her Masters Degree in Business/Healthcare Administration. She has designed and implemented training plans that have a direct impact on over 3,000 Walmart Vision Centers and Sam’s Club Opticals and served on the boards and committees of regulatory boards. On top of her neverending resume, she has written a PDF book to help those seeking ABO Certificaion. Carrie sells her book directly for $75 and should be contacted via Facebook Messenger where she will get you a link for payment via the free Venmo app followed by the book to download. Carrie has also kept track of the students who study with her book and has proven to have an impeccable test pass rate.
Pure Optics Textbook
Phernell is the author of Pure Optics, Second Edition. This textbook will guide you through the areas of knowledge needed to become an eye care professional and pass the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) exams. Since 2006, students from all over the world have utilized the Pure Optics concepts to further their education and address the needs of their patients.
Modern Ophthalmic Optics
This book is a comprehensive account of the most recent developments in modern ophthalmic optics, ideal for researchers, manufacturers and practitioners. Topics discussed include free-form technology, modern lens materials, measuring techniques, contact and intraocular lenses, progressive power lenses, ocular protection and coatings.
The Optician Training Manual 1st Edition: The must-have optical training system whether you are an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or optical manager responsible for training opticians or are an optician trying to better your skills.
Laramy-K Optician Works Ultimate ABO Study Guide: an 83 page pdf covering all of the basics. Print it out and study!
OpenOptix ABO Study Guide: a 99 page pdf written and maintained by volunteer members of the optical community.
CSC Labs Indispensable Dispensing Guide: a 47 page pdf with a variety of info
Learning with Quizzes
Laramy-K Optician Works Online Optician training: videos, courses, lessons and quizzes.
TOPS Training Optical Professionals ABO Exam Study Guide: a thorough study guide book with quizzes.
Quantum Optical ABO Staff Training Modules
ECPU ABO Exam Prep 24/7 web access to successfully prepare for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) Basic Certification Exam.
National Academy of Opticianry Spectacle Exam Review Material: beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of materials.
Optical Training Institute ABO Exam Preparation includes an all-in-one comprehensive course package with 6 workbooks and 6 audio CD’s contained in a carrying case.
Pass Your Optical Boards: a comprehensive and unlimited practice test website.
National Opticianry Competency Exam Flashcard Study System: NOCE Test Practice Questions & Review for the National Opticianry Competency Exam (Cards)
How to Pass the Optician Exam video: take a look at all of the videos on this channel, it’s nice to have a visual way of learning with all of the reading.
Laramy-K Optical YouTube channel: Their long-term goal with this channel is to provide a more accessible and higher level of education for opticians everywhere.
How To Use The Lensmeter – LaramyK Optical: Parts, Focus and Setup
How To Use The Lensmeter – LaramyK Optical: Eyeglass Lens Neutralization
How To Use The Lensmeter – LaramyK Optical: A Simple Spherical Single-Vision Lens
How To Use The Lensmeter – LaramyK Optical: Read A Spherocylinder Lens
How To Use The Lensmeter – LaramyK Optical: Read a Finished Progressive Pair
OptiQuiz iOS App for ABO Exam Prep
ABO Basic Opticianry Exam Prep iOS App
Optician Study iOS App
ABO Exam 2018 Ed Android App
ABO Basic Opticianry Exam Prep Android App
ABO Advanced Training Material
National Academy of Opticianry (NAO) Advanced Opticians Tutorial (ABO Advanced Exam) Book
Optician Essentials and Advanced Exam Practice Test: This guide is an invaluable source for learning more advanced ophthalmic optics, basic business principals, troubleshooting patient problems and solving some of the more tricky optics quandaries. This text reviews the more advanced topics seen on ABO and ABO Advanced exams. Also included are overviews on new topics such as, expanded infection types, additional optics equations, and vision therapy.