What is an Optician?

Opticians are highly trained vision care professionals. Other eye health practitioners diagnose what’s wrong with your vision, but it is the Optician who determines the eyewear or technology that best corrects the diagnosed problem. Custom fitting of frames and lenses are created to suit individual needs.

Patients Care

Keep your Certification Current

Your patients should be informed that your certification has a direct benefit to them. The OAI offers the following certifications: ABO, ABOA, ABOM, NCLC, CPOA, JCAHPO

Family Atmosphere

Great for Networking!

The Opticians Association of Illinois offers a family type atmosphere. Our events are a great place to network and meet other opticians that reside in your state. Come visit us at our next Convention!

Eye Shapes

Human eye shapes can affect vision.

There are several different types of eyeball shapes. The most common are a normal eye, or one that's emmetropic; an elongated or myopic eyeball, which causes nearsightedness; and a shortened or hyperopic eyeball, which results in farsightedness. The cornea and lens of the eye can also be shaped differently and affect vision. Ask your Optician for more information.

Did You Know?

Vision Irregularities

According to Refractive Error Source, it is common to have some degree of imperfect vision because light does not focus correctly on most people's retinas. Most vision issues can be corrected with eyeglasses. Every eyeglass prescription has a set of numbers and abbreviations that are used to identify what is needed to correct a person's vision. The numbers tell whether the prescription is made for nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism, bifocal or other vision corrections, also called refractive errors.

Blurred Vision?

It's time for new glasses!

If you're finding it hard to see clearly, it may be time for a pair of eyeglasses. Eyeglasses correct refractive errors, which can occur when the eye is too long or too short from the back to the front. Visiting an ophthalmologist or optometrist as soon as you notice blurred or distorted vision can help you avoid eyestrain and headaches and can help you improve your performance at work or school.


March 11 - 13, 2016
Lincolnshire Marriott Resort
Ten Marriot Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069


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Do you need to renew your certifications? If so, the OAI is the perfect place to receive certification hours. Our classes range from ABO Prep courses to NCLEC classes to ABOC credits.

Membership Registration

You now have the option to register online for your OAI Membership. Your Membership with us also includes you as a Member of the OAA, Opticians Association of America.