Doctors Get the Medical History While Opticians Get the Daily Activities List

Doctors Get the Medical History While Opticians Get the Daily Activities List

07/08/2021 Off By admin

Unless an Optician works side by side with an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist in an doctor’s medical office setting, there will be no need to get a full medical history from patrons when on the retail floor. Instead of medical history, Opticians usually only need a list of daily activities. This is most important when selecting eyewear.

Opticians usually need to know about the patrons’:

  • type of work
  • hobbies and extracurricular activities
  • reading difficulties
  • present sun related vision problems

Those are the types of questions that need to be addressed when Opticians begin to put together the perfect pairs of eyewear for a patron. Most people need two pairs of eyewear, and some people even prefer three pair, depending on their preferences during the day. Be sure to guide patrons into every available option that is right for them when it comes to frames and lenses.

As far as medical history, it is good to know when dispensing the eyewear, and, for instance, the patient may not see well through the eyewear. This is when it’s usually safest to contact the prescribing physician after having inspected the eyewear and made necessary adjustments to:

  • double check the written prescription
  • determine if the patient’s visual acuity will even reach 20/20. Sometimes due to cataract or macular degeneration or another issue that patients will become irritated with not being able to see well through eyewear. At this point, have the patron return to the doctor for further information and evaluation.

It is never the responsibility of the Optician to “fill in” as the doctor. This is illegal. Opticians are eyewear specialists. Stick to that, no matter how much medical knowledge is known.