Career Options: Optician, a Professional Career in Eye Care

When considering the types of professional careers to pursue in healthcare, the first ones that come to our minds are doctors, pharmacists, dentists and nurses. One of the professions we often overlook is the Optician, the person whomwe usually mistaken for as the salesman at the optical outlet. Instead than a salesperson, an optician is actually a specialist in correct eye vision.

Is an Optician an eye doctor?

An optician is not an eye doctor. The professionals who examines your eye health are ophthalmologists and optometrists, but opticians are just as important, as they are the ones who deliver the corrective solutions to the customers and patients. Using prescriptions written by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, an optician would dispense and fit the corrective lenses that would solve your eyesight problems.

What does an Optician do?

These are what an optician is trained to do:

  • Coordination of eye examinations processes as per optometrists/ophthalmologist instructions
  • Reading of prescriptions for corrective actions
  • Helping customers on the selection of eyeglass frames and lens treatments
  • Coordination of work orders for ophthalmic laboratory technicians, providing information about the lenses needed
  • Adjustment of eyewear to ensure perfect fit
  • Repairing or replacing broken eyeglass frames
  • Educating customers about eyewear—for example, show them how to care for their contact lenses

How do I become an Optician?

In order to become an optician in Malaysia, you will first need to obtain a Diploma in Opticianry, and register yourself with the Malaysian Optical Council (MOC).

Vision College collegeoffers the professional career pathway via its Diploma in Opticianry, which is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and the Malaysian Optical Council (MOC).According to the Programme Coordinator, Ms. Lim Yi Huan, “With the professional license from MOC, our graduates are eligible to open and operate up to 4 optical businesses in the country.”

Lim Yi Huan

MSc Clinical Ophthalmology & Vision Research (Diabetes)
Malaysian Optical Council (Reg. No. O-01118)

Why study at Vision College?

Vision College’s academic programmes are conducted in a unique way, having in-house practical centres to support students’ training and application learning. For the Opticianry studies, Vision College students will be trained at Vision Eyecare, an optical business entity operated by the Diploma in Opticianry lecturers, tutors and trainees of Vision College. While attending classes, students will also be trained in the optician laboratories and have the opportunities to apply their new-learnt skills at Vision Eyecare. Apart from that, Vision College also arranges for the opticianry student to undergo a 6-month internship at one of the industrial partners. “Vision College partners with industrial leaders such as Focus Point and Vision Eyecareto provide students with quality practicum. This is to give our students an understanding of how and what the industry is like,”explained Ms Lee Ru Fang, a lecturer of Vision College’s Diploma in Opticianary.

How do I qualify for the programme?

You would need to pass SPM with 3 credits, including 2 credits in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

 

Students who do not meet the admission requirements above or are not of science stream will have to undergo an additional Certificate in Science programme. For more information, contact Vision College’s course counsellor via Whatsapp at +60127439800 (Ms. Liew).



When considering the types of professions in healthcare, the first ones that come to our minds are doctors, pharmacists, dentists and nurses. One of the professions we would overlook is the Optician, the person who we usually mistake for as a salesman at the eyecare outlet. Instead than a salesperson, an optician is actually a specialist in fitting eyeglasses and making lenses to correct vision problems.

Is an Optician an eye doctor?

An optician is not an eye doctor. The professionals who examines your eye health are ophthalmologists and optometrists, but opticians are just as important, as they are the ones who deliver the corrective solutions to the customers and patients. Using prescriptions written by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, an optician would dispense and fit the corrective lenses that would solve your eyesight problems.

What does an Optician do?

These are what an optician is trained to do:

  • coordinate eye examinations as per optometrists/ophthalmologist instructions
  • read prescriptions for spectacles or contact lenses
  • help customers on the selection of eyeglass frames and lens treatments
  • create work orders for ophthalmic laboratory technicians, providing information about the lenses needed
  • adjustment of eyewear to ensure perfect fit
  • repair or replace broken eyeglass frames
  • educate customers about eyewear—for example, show them how to care for their contact lenses

How do I become an Optician?

In order to become an optician in Malaysia, you will first need to obtain a Diploma in Opticianry, and register yourself with the Malaysian Optical Council (MOC).

Where can I get the qualification needed?

It seems that we have piqued your interest in this occupation, and lucky for you, Vision College offers our very own Diploma in Opticianry. It is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and the Malaysian Optical Council (MOC).

According to the Programme Coordinator, Ms. Lim Yi Huan, “With the professional license from MOC, our graduates are eligible to open and operate up to 4 optical businesses in the country.”

Lim Yi Huan

MSc Clinical Ophthalmology & Vision Research (Diabetes)

Malaysian Optical Council (Reg. No. O-01118)

 

Why study at Vision College?

Vision College’s academic programmes are conducted in a unique way, having in-house practical centres to support students’ training and application learning. For the Opticianry studies, Vision College students will be trained at Vision Eyecare, an optical business entity operated by the Diploma in Opticianry lecturers, tutors and trainees of Vision College. While attending classes, students will also be trained in the optician laboratories and have the opportunities to apply their new-learnt skills at Vision Eyecare. Apart from that, Vision College also arranges for the opticianry student to undergo a 6-month internship at one of the industrial partners. “Vision College partners with industrial leaders such as Focus Point and to provide students with quality practicum. This is to give our students an understanding of how and what the industry is like,” said Ms Tee Ru Fang, a lecturer of Diploma in Opticinary.

Tee Ru Fang

Bachelor of Science in Optometry

Malaysian Optical Council (Reg. No. O-01256)

Vision College, a college rated 5-star by MyQuest, has been in the healthcare teaching since 2005. Operating at Kelana Jaya PJ, the college teaches various academic programmes such as Nursing, Ultrasonography, Medical Imaging, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Technology etc.

 

How do I qualify for the programme?

You would need to pass SPM with 3 credits, including 2 credits in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.
Students who do not meet the admission requirements above or are of non science stream will have to undergo an additional Certificate in Science programme. For more information, contact our counsellor Ms Liew at +60127439800.