I visit Optoblog on a regular basis. It’s pretty good. Anyway he wrote “Optometrists That Give Other Optometrists a Bad Name.” So in the spirit of being self-reflective, I came up with a list of my own.

1. Opticians who don’t make any adjustments on glasses. Why in the name of all that is good would you not take the time to make a few simple adjustments and spare the patient (and yourselves) a second visit and possibly a headache. On a similar note, opticians who simply think that a bench alignment equals to an adjustment and shows the patient that the glasses lie flat on a table and say “…well they’re bench aligned.”

2. Opticians who don’t take a moment to analyze a prescription. When one sees a disparity between the eyes that is significant such as unusually high amount of cylinder or a disparity of 5 diopters etc… bells should go off in your head and start asking questions.

3. Opticians who don’t give an honest opinion and simply yes the patient. Most of the time, going against your better judgment results in refunds and/or remakes. Being actively engaged with the patient lets them know that you have certain criteria that requires consideration if the patient wants to see properly. Ultimately, most patients will appreciate it. Let them know the good AND the bad so that the patient can make a real decision.

4. Opticians who don’t respect the field. If you don’t like what you do, do something else. I know it’s not easy to switch, but just because you don’t care about the profession doesn’t mean that I don’t care. This field is very ennobling. We as opticians directly make an impact on one’s quality of life.

5. Opticians who don’t know anything.  I actually worked with an optician that didn’t know what the definition of a diopter was. How do you go through life and not know what the basic unit in optics is when you work as an optician.  It’s no different than being a mechanic and not knowing what a wrench is.
By no means am I making a claim to perfection, but I am happy to do what I do and I strive to be better. I’d like to think I have some chops, but I know there is always something new to learn.


  1. Well, Frank I don’t know what a diopeter is, but a diopter is defined as: (index n = 1.0 for air is assumed)
    1 Diopter = 1 / Focal Length (meters).

    So a +1.00 diopter lens converges light a meter away.

    1Δ Diopter = the deviation of light 1cm, a meter away.

    Mind you this is not “my” definition of it. This is straight up out of any basic optics textbook.

    might be a place to start.

    I have to ask. Do you think it’s good for opticians not to know what a diopter is? What’s “your” definition of a diopter?

  2. Deanna

    A diopter is simply the unit of measurement of vergence.

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