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?"
In Part 11, we learned about IOT’s foundational technology, Digital Ray-Path®. This technology minimizes oblique aberrations in customized free-form lenses. We learned that “The value of the merit function is given by a weighted sum of the optical aberrations of the lens system. To achieve the best lens performance optimization of the optical system means finding the values of the free parameters that make the value of the merit function minimal.” (Dr. Jose Alonso et al)
Not long after Carissa Dunphy started at the front desk in a busy optometric practice, her superiors told her, “You can do more.” She agreed to train as a tech, and “got hooked” on the field. Carissa is now an ABO certified optician and founder of Optician Now, a web resource for opticians and those seeking certification or licensure. Her goal is to have one central place to find all kinds of information relating to the optician profession.
When it comes to free-form personalized lenses, we hear “Trust the Computer,” which we do, because our proof is in the patient’s response; they love them. Still, we want a rudimentary understanding of how free-form technology works. In this article, we will pull back the curtain and learn about the process behind IOT’s Digital Ray-Path® foundational free-form personalization technology. The upcoming Part 12 will delve into how IOT Digital Ray-Path 2 builds on the classic theory of oblique power error minimization.
That’s how Dee Pace, Executive Director of Professional Opticians of Florida (POF), provides continuing education for opticians through the challenges of COVID-19. In a recent conversation, Dee took me on their journey from the COVID-19 shutdown of POF’s live continuing education events through the innovations that brought them back with the priority of attendee safety.
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