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Blair Wong

With over thirty years of experience, Professor Wong is the founding Chair of the Eye Health Technology Department, an Assistant Professor of Optics at the New England College of Optometry and a MA Licensed Optician.

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Why opticians are in such high demand

Posted by Blair Wong on May 31, 2016 2:00:00 PM

About 85% of people’s experience of the world is through their sight. Opticians play an important role in helping all kinds of people, young and old, to see better, and feel better about themselves.

Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight. They use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists or optometrists, but do not test vision or write prescriptions for visual correction. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston is the only college in Massachusetts to offer degree programs in opticianry.

From my more than 30 years of experience in the industry, I can confidently say there is a tremendous demand for opticians in Massachusetts and across the nation. From working in hospitals to optical chains and independent boutiques, there have never been so many great job opportunities in the opticianry field. Approximately 95% of our opticianry graduates land a job, and most of our students work while studying, which is part of the college's learn and earn model. Between 2014 and 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 24 percent employment growth in the opticianry field, which translates into 17,800 new jobs.

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Topics: Features, Eye Health Technology