My sister-in-law called, worried about her husband. He was having headaches and neck and shoulder pain, and she didn’t know why. My optical instincts kicked in, and I asked when he had his last eye exam. It was about four years ago. He is 65, working from home on digital devices, and wearing the readers he got at his last exam. I told her his complaints were consistent with digital eye strain, that he needed an eye exam, and most likely progressive lenses. “But they’re so expensive!” she replied. I did my best to convince her that the investment was well worth it. It worked.
In my previous article, One Optician's Journey from State to State, I disclosed my intent to pursue the American Board of Opticianry's Advanced Certification (ABO-AC). I have a career bucket list and earning my ABO-AC was one of the top items. After speaking with respected fellow opticians about my personal goals and hopes for the evolution of the field, I casually mentioned that I wanted to earn my ABO-AC and then ABO Master designation someday. Repeatedly, I heard these five words, "What are you waiting for?"
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