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My first practicum as an Optician: Day 1

This is the first blog of my practicum experience series. In this series, I will share my experiences from my first practicum in the Licensed Optician program. Practical experience is one of the main reasons that Stenberg College stands out. It is an important aspect in finding employment after graduation and something prospective employers look for when hiring new grads….

How does the blue light impact us?

We all know light is made up of many colours, the colours in the rainbow and the light from a prism, that is the range of colours we can visibly see. Everything we see is a result of all the colours of the visual spectrum. Part of this spectrum comes from the blue wavelength or “colour”, which has many positives….

Theory without practice is empty; practice without theory is blind

Our class had its first lab portion of the Licensed Optician program, where everything we have learned in theory came together with actual hands-on practice with an equipment opticians use called a Lensometer. In layman’s terms, it is a “microscope” for glasses, which allows the optician to perform many measurements towards what the best options for their client will be….

Love story of the decade: Angela and Anthony

When Stenberg grad and Licensed Optician Anthony (Ton-Ton) met Angela (El), he felt a connection that he could not explain. That connection made him bear the heartache of being away from the love of his life for a decade. Ton-Ton and El were teenage sweethearts who met in the Philippines but had to part ways when Ton-Ton moved to Canada. Even though they were thousands of miles apart, their hearts were beating the same beat. Their love bloomed through love letters sent via snail mail and international long distance phone calls. After a decade of writing love letters and talking over the phone, Anthony decided it was time to take their relationship to the next level. The next morning he bought a flight to the Philippines to ask El to marry him and she said yes! They married within a week and El moved to Canada after their wedding. The happy couple is expecting their first baby. Could there be a sweeter and more fitting love story to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Top 5 reasons to become a Licensed Optician

Why would anyone want to become a Licensed Optician? If you have been thinking about this, let me help you find an answer. As I mentioned in my first blog, my cohort has students from different walks of life, with varied backgrounds and diverse age range and so are the reasons they chose the program. Here are the top 5 reasons why students in my…

Camaraderie and Care: My journey so far

Do you agree that the harder the challenge you face in achieving a goal, the greater the satisfaction and appreciation in attaining it? I truly relish that feeling of accomplishing something that requires effort and focus. I will be honest, when I first started the Licensed Optician program at Stenberg College, my image of opticians was pretty much what I…

The Eye and the Licensed Optician

Last December, my Dispensing Optician cohort began learning about the human eye; its anatomy, structures, functions, physiology, medical terminologies, and ocular conditions. A lot of things to cover in just two weeks, a lot of chapters to read, and a lot of me, finally realizing that I am a full time student. I remember myself staring blankly at my textbook, trying to…

Farewell Stenberg!

My journey taking the Hospital Support Specialist program wasn’t as smooth as I expected, but I’m so glad that I made it through to the end! Looking back to a year ago when I  first started the Hospital Support Specialist program to where I am now, I can see that I have improved a lot. I was a shy person when I first…

Why Now is the Best Time to Become a Dispensing Optician

Today’s aging and screen-centred population is increasing Canada’s need for skilled professionals in the eye care field. Dispensing optician careers offer rewarding customer service experiences and more job security than ever before. Read on to see why a career in optometry is a great choice, and how you can prepare to meet this fast-paced industry head on. Dispensing Opticians Love…

Discipline and Online Learning

The moment that my Program Advisor said that I could start the first course of Stenberg’s Dispensing Optician program, one thing came to my mind: this is it! The road to being a Licensed Optician just started and my journey begins. Let’s do this! I was so pumped that day that when I sat in front of the computer, I didn’t know…