A automated refraction (sight test) is a computerized assessment of how the eyes bend and focus light to create an image on the retina. The process has been scientifically proven a safe, reliable, and reproducible test. It uses equipment and a sophisticated computer program to test and measure visual acuity. It also calculates whether clients would see more clearly with the help of corrective lenses and determines the strength of lenses needed.
The College has established high qualifications, professional standards and strict guidelines around automated refraction to safeguard public safety. Only automated refracting Licensed Opticians who are trained to safely and effectively perform sight testing are legally permitted to assess visual acuity.Click here for more information and frequently asked questions about automated refraction.
Licensed Opticians recommend eyeglass frames, lenses and lens coatings after considering the power of the lenses,also taking into account the customer's occupation, habits, and facial features. They can also replace existing eyewear for a client without seeking a new prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
CONTACT LENS & COSMETICS
Throughout several visits, Licensed Opticians show clients how to insert, remove and care for their contacts, their cosmetic shells or their artificial eyes. At periodic intervals throughout a patient’s contact lens wearing life, Licensed Opticians are required to check the fitting of the contacts lenses, ensuring no harm to the eye.
LOW VISION AIDS
They can help provide low vision aids to make reading easier, more comfortable and more enjoyable. With a consultation, a Licensed Optician can design the best system for that individual. Devices can range from simple hand-held magnifying lenses systems to high-tech computerized electronic systems.
VISION SCREENINGCOBC is delighted that these programs are designed to benefit the public. COBC also applauds the fact that these training programs were held across the province, including Prince George, Kamloops and Kelowna.
Over 250 B.C. Licensed Opticians have been trained in these large-scale vision screening programs in 2006. Many are putting this education into practice by hosting neighborhood eye care events that are designed to focus awareness on eye health.
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