Vision Care Technology
- Vision Care Technology
- Pearl Building 312 (P-312)
- Chair: Prof. Robert J. Russo
- Phone: 718. 260.5298
- Fax: 718.254.8521
A licensed ophthalmic dispenser (optician) is an eye care professional who analyzes and interprets prescriptions written by either an ophthalmologist or an optometrist in order to design eyeglasses or contact lenses.
The ophthalmic dispenser (optician) obtains specific patient history and selects and fits spectacles and/or contact lenses that provide patients with comfortable and effective vision correction. This process includes an in-depth analysis of available lens and frame products, design materials and treatments to enhance the patient’s comfort and lifestyle. The eye care practitioner may carry out administrative duties such as office management, tracking inventory, sales, eyewear fabrication, patient record keeping and insurance billing.
The Department of Vision Care Technology is the only nationally accredited opticianry program within The City University of New York. The department is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and is the largest opticianry program in the nation. The associate degree in ophthalmic dispensing prepares a student for national certification and state licensure. The graduate of the associate degree program is eligible to take national examinations administered by the ABO (American Board of Opticianry) and NCLE (National Contact Lens Examination). In addition, only an associate degree in ophthalmic dispensing from a program accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation will qualify graduates to take other state board licensing examinations. Many of our graduates enroll in the CUNY BA/BS program and major in areas such as business or science. A number of graduates enroll in the City Tech BS program in Health Services Administration.
Ophthalmic dispensers practice their profession in a variety of professional settings, including retail optical stores, private ophthalmology and optometry offices, hospital clinics and wholesale optical companies.
Ophthalmic Dispensers (Optician) are in great demand. Recent U.S. government statistics indicate that as baby boomers reach middle age and the percentage of middle-aged and elderly people increases, so will the need of these individuals for corrective eyewear.
New York City College of Technology’s Vision Care Technology Department is committed to offering cutting-edge technology to meet the current and future needs of the ophthalmic profession.
The average entry-level salary for a fully licensed graduate in a full-time position is $35,000 to $40,000. Salary range also depends on other qualifications an individual brings to the work setting. Sales experience, computer literacy and/or business skills can increase the candidate’s salary. Annual salaries for experienced licensed opticians in a full time position can range from $56,600 – $60,000. A licensed optician who may want to open his or her own professional practice will make considerably more money annually.
New York City College of Technology, The City University of New York, is an accredited member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Middle States accreditation facilitates the transfer of college credits to and from other colleges and universities. The Department of Vision Care Technology of New York City College of Technology is the only Middle States Association-accredited program within CUNY. The Department is also accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation.
Debra White, Director of Accreditation
PO Box 592
Canton NY, 13617
Phone: 703 468 0566
Fax: 888 306 9036