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Vision Care Technician/Opticianry

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Broward College’s Vision Care Program offers an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree that provides you with the training needed to assist in the ocular health of patients. This program simultaneously prepares you to work with optometrists, ophthalmologists and eye care corporations as an optician.

Associate of Science degree in Vision Care
The curriculum of this program has been designed to train the student in the laboratory techniques of measuring, grinding, fitting, and adapting to eyewear, and preliminary examination pre- testing evaluation.

The Vision Care program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA). Broward College is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

We still have a limited number of seats in the Vision Care program


  

Information Sessions


Students considering a career in Vision Care/Opticianry are encouraged to attend an Information Session and make an appointment with a Health Science Academic Advisor located on North Campus, Building 41, Room 164 in Coconut Creek, FL.

Face-to-Face Information Sessions for Vision Care program:
Monday, September 10th, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday, October 17th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday, November 14th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

All INFORMATION SESSIONS BEGIN PROMPTLY ON THE DESIGNATED DATES AND TIMES

Sign up for a Virtual Information Session

If you are unable to attend a face to face session, we offer an alternative Virtual Online Information Session that may be more convenient for you. Please fill out the virtual form to receive an email with virtual information on the program. Coming to a face to face information session is HIGHLY recommended.

Next Vision Care class:
August - Fall 2018
 

Career Path


Employment in this occupation is expected to increase as demand grows for corrective lenses. The number of middle-aged and elderly persons is projected to increase rapidly. Middle age is a time when many individuals use corrective lenses for the first time, and elderly persons require more visual care.

The Optician (LDO) plays a vital role in fitting and adapting corrective lenses and other optical devices to aid vision. They fit eyeglasses and contact lenses for patients, perform diagnostic testing and are able to operate as independent practitioners.

Our graduates have an excellent pass rate on the ABO, NCLE and State Board examinations, and 100 percent of our graduates have found work in the field or have chosen to pursue a higher 

See Career Path for Vision Care graduates. 

http://www.broward.edu/academics/programs/Pages/health-sciences.aspx

Accreditation

​The program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA).

Broward College is regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). 
 


Faculty

Vision Care Faculty are all Florida Licensed Opticians or Optometrist 

Dr. Nina Mckie, L.D.O, DHSc- Faculty and Program Manager

Dr. Marc Schwartzberg, O.D- Clinical Doctor/ Adjunct Instructor

Mr. Brett Weintraub, L.D.O- Adjunct Instructor

Mr. Doug Sherman, L.D.O- Adjunct Instructor


Classroom Experience
Our curriculum offers learners a theoretical approach to important ophthalmic concepts. 
The program's curriculum is composed of  didactic (lecture) followed by directed clinical training 
at our college's on-site clinic. Students will are exposed to off-site affiliated ophthalmic practices.
 
Due to our small class sizes, we can ensure individualized attention for all Vision Care Opticianry students. The clinic offers state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology for our students, in addition to having personable, conscientious faculty members.
 
 
Is This Program Right for Me?
If you are considering enrollment in the Vision Care Program, you should be able to:
 
  • Perform basic algebra, geometry and trigonometry
  • Handle public pressure and complaints gracefully
  • Produce effective oral and written English communication
  • Pay attention to detail

Once you complete the program, you will be expected to:
 
  • Neutralize eyewear
  • Explain theory of refraction and all clinical assessments 
  • Maintain consumer/patient records 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in finishing techniques 
  • Identify the human eye structure, function, and pathology
  • Determine physiognomic (facial and eye) measurements
  • Assess vocational and a-vocational needs of the consumer/patient
  • Assist the consumer/patient in selection and measurement process of proper frames and  lenses
  • Price and collect fees from consumers/patients for vision aids and services
  • Discuss prescription eyewear/vision aids and other consumer/patient related
  • Perform all medical pre-testing exam assessment
Courses
 
Within 18 months after enrolling, you can earn an Associate of Science degree in Vision Care, which is a total of 72 credits. Whether you choose to follow the Optician track or the Ophthalmic Technician track, you will need to commit yourself full-time to the program. 
 
The technical courses are offered at the BC North Campus in Coconut Creek. Clinic courses are offered at various sites throughout Broward County, along with the Vision Care Clinic on North Campus. General academic courses may be taken at any BC campus.
 
For Alumni

Did you graduate from Broward College with your associate’s degree in Vision Care? Keep in touch with your school by joining the Alumni & Friends Association. Membership gives you access to special discounts, upcoming alumni-only events and more.

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PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT
  • Obtain three insurance licenses exam-free
  • Complete your degree in only 24 months
  • Earn your A.S. in Vision Care.
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