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About Optics and Optometry

About Optics and Optometry | optomax | Scoop.it

In general terms, optics is the science of vision and light. An optician is the person that assembles and dispenses eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct vision impairments, which are prescribed by ophthalmologists (a medical practitioner) and optometrists.

The optometry profession is defined by the World Council of Optometry (WCO) as follows:

“Optometry is a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated, and regulated (licensed/registered), and optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.”

Generally optometry has emerged from optics, as the education of opticians has expanded to include clinical subjects and as their scope of practice has been enlarged as a consequence. Some opticians have become optometrists.


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Charles F. Prentice, the father of American optometry

Charles F. Prentice, the father of American optometry | optomax | Scoop.it

In 1847 James Prentice, English optician, arrives in U.S. His son Charles F. Prentice, will become the "father of American optometry".

In 1895 Charles F. Prentice threatened with jail for charging a fee for eye exam [regarded as the practice of medicine]. In 1896 he issued a treatise on the reasons why states should recognize the professional status of the optometrist.


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