Eye Health Technology
The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is the only college in MA that offers degree programs in Opticianry. The Opticianry program is fully supported by the Opticians Association of Massachusetts and serves as the educational gateway for students of all ages, including adult learners and apprentice opticians. With a vibrant optical industry and continued need for qualified eye-care professionals, there is tremendous opportunity for technically skilled and highly knowledgeable opticians.
The optical industry is experiencing great growth, as well as expanded regulations and increasing requirements for becoming a licensed optician in Massachusetts.
Graduates of the program will know how to:
Design, fit and dispense prescription glasses and contact lenses
Utilize and operate all forms of ophthalmic devices and instrumentation including keratometers, lensometers, biomicroscopes, corneal topographers, pupilometers and digital image measuring devices
Inspect and verify spectacle and contact lenses for optical precision, proper and comfortable fit, and proper aesthetics
Evaluate and troubleshoot patient’s concerns and symptoms as they are related to eyeglasses and contact lenses
Preparation for MA licensing and both national and local certification exams
The optical profession itself offers great diversity and versatility. Graduates will be able to work in many different environments ranging from HMO/medical offices to retail/ high fashion optical boutiques, corporate and chain optical conglomerates to independent ownership. Graduates will be qualified for positions involving spectacle design and dispensing, contact lens design and dispensing, optical laboratory finishing and management, optical business management or independent ownership.
Many graduates of the Opticianry program seek advanced degrees and/or certification related to business, management, ophthalmic technology and health care management.
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