About the Team at Optima

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Optometrist/Ophthalmic Optician

An Optometrist (previously known as an ophthalmic optician) performs eyes examinations and prescribes corrective lenses or spectacles to those who need them. Optometrists are trained for at least four years and learn to examine the eyes to detect signs of injury, disease, abnormality and defects in vision. In addition, some general health conditions (for example diabetes) show themselves in the eye and an optometrist is also trained to detect these and refer patients to other healthcare professionals as appropriate.

Optometrists work with patients of all ages, give advice on visual problems and may also fit spectacles or contact lenses. Optometrists may undergo further training in specialised field and can also work in hospitals as well as in general practice.

Following qualification Continuing Education and Training (CET) is a statutory requirement for all fully qualified Optometrists to retain registration with the General Optical Council.


Dispensing Optician

A Dispensing Optician is trained to accurately assess the individual needs of the customer and recommend and provide the most effective eye wear products and solutions after taking account of visual, lifestyle and vocational needs. A major part of this is the interpretation of your optical prescription and the recommendation of lenses, tints and coatings to provide optimum visual performance, Dispensing Opticians enjoy problem solving. Their training takes place over at least three years and they pass both written and practical exams in the technical aspects of lens design as well as anatomy, physiology and the psychology of vision.

Dispensing opticians with additional qualifications also work as Contact Lens Opticians or Low Vision Practitioners. Dispensing spectacles to children, to the visually impaired, or dispensing of contact lenses can only be undertaken by, or carried out under supervision of, dispensing opticians or optometrists registered with the GOC.

Following qualification Continuing Education and Training(CET) is a statutory requirement for all fully qualified Dispensing Opticians to retain registration with the General Optical Council.


Optical Assistant

An Optical Assistant is often your first point of contact in practice as their main focus is on customer service. They have a good knowledge of the latest trends for both frames and lenses, with a special focus on frame selection; exploring customer needs thoroughly, analysing prescriptions and offering assistance according to face shape and aesthetic preferences.

Optical Assistants ensure that the collection of your new spectacles in conducted in a professional manner and perform many clinical and administrative tasks, associated with running a successful practice, to support the Dispensing Opticians and Optometrists.

The provision of training for Optical Assistants largely takes place ‘in house’ and through the courses and examinations of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.

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