Consumer Information Resource Center


Do you wear glasses or contact lenses? If you don't, you probably know someone that does. Either way, you probably have had some questions about them at one time or another. So we at the Opticians Association of Illinois have put this information from the Consumer Eyecare Information Center together to try and answer some of your questions.

Follow the links below to find out more about such topics as ocular allergies, types of lenses, myths about vision, and why optician certification is important to you. And if you have any other questions, please let us know by dropping us a line at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   and we'll do our best to answer them.

Below is a list of helpful links:




Children's Vision: What Parent's Need to Know

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Do you have it?

Consumer Eyecare Information Center

Consumer Guide to Prescription Eyeglasses

Consumer Guide to Contact Lenses

Contact Lens Manufacturers Association

Eyes Over 40: Baby Boomers, Presbyopia, & Vision Changes


LASIK & Laser Eye Surgery: A Complete Consumer Guide

Macular Degeneration

Nutrition and Vitamins for Your Eyes

The See Clearly Method: Do Eye Exercises Improve Vision?

Ultraviolet Rays and Your Eyes

Vision and Eyecare Health Info for Teens

Vision Help Network

Vision Over 60



Professional Occupations


An optician manufactures, verifies, and delivers lenses, frame and other specially fabricated optical devises. The optician's functions include; prescription analysis and interpretation, determination of the lens forms best suited to the wearer's needs; the preparation and delivery of the work orders for grinding of lenses and the fabrication of eyewear; the verification of the finished ophthalmic products; the adjustment, replacement, repair and reproduction of previously prepared ophthalmic devises.


Doctors of Optometry (OD), are primary healthcare providers who diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system as regulated by state law.


A doctor of medicine (MD), who specializes in the comprehensive care of the eye and visual system. Each is licensed by a state to practice medicine and surgery.








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