Hi, I’m John Seegers,
optician, writer, educator, as well as recreational cyclist, mountain climber, and race car driver.
I created OpticianWorks because I love opticianry and I want to help you become the best you can be. Whether you want to manage a store or own one, find more satisfaction in your current role or start an exciting new career, get rich (yes, opticians can get rich) or just want to help people. I honestly believe you can achieve all of this and more.
I know there are a million ways you can spend your time and money other than listening to me go on about opticianry. That is why I know I have to earn your trust.
So, one of the things I have done is put together some highly useful material in the form of the Ultimate ABO Study Guide and made it available to you for free. It’s a completely revised/updated version of the old OpenOptix study guide, which is frankly better than the paid material out there. In doing so, I hope I can begin to earn your trust. Plus, I know you are capable of doing so much more than just passing the ABO exam.
I love to teach and I want you to become an amazing optician capable of earning more than a living wage. In fact, I want to help you take the job as far as you can dream and in-turn raise the bar for opticians as a whole.
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If you are curious, read on to learn a little more about me.
With over 20 years experience in opticianry, an Associate’s degree (AAS) in opticianry, and a Master’s degree (MEd) in adult education, I have worked as an optician in independent high-end practices and managed at a large retail optical chain. I have taught optical dispensing, optical laboratory finishing theory and optical laboratory clinical for the Reynolds Community College Opticianry program and adult continuing education courses.
I created OpticianWorks back in 2008 to fill a huge gap in opticianry education. Unless you had the opportunity to attend a college level program, there was really nowhere to turn for education materials. What little was available was painfully outdated, overly complex or “dumbed-down” and geared to passing the ABO exam. I knew the field needed a resource for anyone who wanted to learn what it really takes to become a great optician. I worked nights and weekends for seven years to achieve that goal.
Recently, I was presented with the opportunity to join forces with the independent wholesale lab, Laramy-K Optical. We share the same vision and I am now reinvigorated at the chance to make OpticianWorks what I had dreamed it could be. We are developing exciting plans for the future of OpticianWorks and the field of opticianry. It with great pride that I can say that OpticianWorks is light years ahead of any other program for optician training and the new site is just the beginning.
I hope you will be part of the journey.
When not working on OpticianWorks.com I can often be found cycling or hiking the mountains of SC, CO, WY, MT and ID. I also enjoy track days and competing in SCCA hillclimb auto racing.
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