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Vision Statement

Is to improve the skills, knowledge and expertise of opticians through education, leadership and legislative representation for the visual wellbeing of the general public and the continuous growth and development of the profession of opticianry in Michigan.

Mission Statement

To enhance the professional advancement of opticians for the benefit of the patients we serve.


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Spring Educational

March 14th, 2020
Crowne Plaza Hotel
925 S. Creyts Rd.Lansing, MI, 48917

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PO Box 4083
East Lansing, MI 48826
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Welcome to The Opticians Association of Michigan!

Welcome to your best resource for helpful information regarding Opticianry in Michigan. If you are a consumer or a professional in the eyewear industry, you have come to the right place.

Check out our Public Service Announcement, the animated short “WHAT IS AN OPTICIAN?” that explains what is an optician is by clicking here.

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Membership and Educational Changes

Imagine being PROUD of yourself and what you do.
Imagine having the POWER to make a difference.
Imagine being part of a PROFESSION that is progressing.

Stop Imagining---you are there!!

As an Optician you should be PROUD of the POWER you have to make a difference to people when you give them the gift of sight. Be PROUD of the PROGRESS we are making in our PROFESSION through KNOWLEDGE and EDUCATION.

In keeping with our belief in knowledge and education, the Opticians Association of Michigan has made some changes with our membership and educational seminars.

Starting in January our dues changed to $125 a year. With this, your membership will include a minimum of 4-hours of ABO education in the spring and 4-hours of ABO education in the fall at NO CHARGE to you. There will be an additional charge for our annual ABO review course, hands on classes and the MBCO test.

Whether you are an ABO certified optician or striving to become a certified optician we are hoping this new format will help to provide your educational needs.

Spring Educational — Saturday, March 14 2020

The Michigan Board Certified Optician hands on exam will be held at the 2019 Spring Educational. This hands on exam is designed to test the technical skills of opticians! The test has six (6) different parts to it which include: Neutralize & Verify Lenses, Fit & Align Eyewear, Measure for Progressive and Occupational Lenses, Lifestyle Dispense, Identify Various Lenses Designs & Options, and Troubleshoot Spectacle Lenses Problems.

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If you are interested in either becoming a Board Member or serving on a committee of any of the following committee’s please contact President Sue Shire at

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Opticians Spotlight

Thomas S.
Holland, MI

Prior to living in Michigan I lived in New Jersey, I worked for an optometrist but was not in optical. I was in a more administrative and patient care role. My wife and I moved to Michigan and I had interviewed at Complete Eye Health in Holland for an optician position. After meeting Dr. Cassar and his wife Beth I had a great feeling about this office. Thankfully they offered me the position! I was taken under Beth’s wing and learned the in’s and out’s of being an optician and really fell in love with the job. The most amazing part was being encouraged to take the ABO exam and the help I got preparing for it was incredible. Both Beth and Dr. Cassar spent so much time with me making sure I was not only competent but also confident. Well needless to say it worked. I passed the exam! Throughout the past year of being an optician I was able to help several patients with various disabilities to see clearly. I have fitted children in their first pair of glasses and got to see their faces light up when the were able to see clearly. My heart is full each and every day at work because I truly feel as if I have found the role I am supposed to be in. I have found my career

Carla F.
Warren, MI

My name is Carla Fox and I am an optician at Fortney Eyecare Associates in Warren, MI. I have been here since February of 2017 but have only been working as optician for a year and a half. I moved to Michigan from Texas 2 years ago and had initially been hired in the company as a pre tester and receptionist. My story is special to me because it has finally given me a purpose, and plan for my life; a way to provide and contribute to my families well being.

When I moved here, I had come from Texas where I had a second chance at life. I went to get clean/sober from drugs and alcohol. I succeeded there in doing just that, however I wanted to come back home to reunite with family and my then, 7 year old daughter. In Texas I had met my now husband and we had a daughter, Skylar. We had both been struggling to find our place in the business world so we took a chance and moved back to Michigan to start fresh. I received a phone call inviting me to an interview at Fortney Eyecare, and I was so nervous. I had never even worn glasses, or ever had an eye examination my whole life. I was 30 years old and never had my eyes checked! I nailed the interview, and was offered the job as a receptionist/pre tester. I learned the basics of optics really quickly, and eventually started asking lots of questions. Fortunately, at my location (out of 5) we have a lab. The lab manager began to answer my questions on a regular basis (probably to the point of annoying lol).

We had been struggling to find a new optician here and 2 had come and gone within a very short period of time. After about 6 months of me learning beyond just the basics I had asked the lab manager if he thought I could make it as an optician. He told me that I needed to jump on the opportunity while we needed someone and ask the boss if he would train me. Needless to say, I did and the boss gave me his blessing to begin my training process. In 30 days I was on my own, selling like crazy and also getting to do what I love, talking to people. I was so proud of myself that I had given it my all and learned so quickly. I work with some amazing people here, but above all, I was so thankful for the opportunity to finally have a career path. I had come here with no long term goals and no clue where I wanted to go as far as a career path. My boss gave me a chance to really contribute to my family and finally have some goals.

I never imagined my life the way it is today. Things just seemed to have lined up perfectly and for that I am forever grateful. I also attended OAM classes last fall that my boss graciously sent me to and I learned so much! I will be continuing the classes coming up and continue to study for my test. Hopefully I will pass that test within the next year! I cant wait! This journey has been amazing!!