There is much debate today in the ophthalmic and paraoptometric community regarding certification. Do we, allied health personnel, need to be certified? We are easily hired into our positions in ophthalmology and optometry offices, without it. Some, if not most, doctors perfer to employ non-certified personnel and train em' themselves. There are many reasons for this, one being, it is less expensive to their bottomline. However, as time goes on, if one is to get promoted, it seems that a lack of certification can hold you back. Most doctors will pay you more, if they see that you are motivated to go that extra step. If not, they may not increase your salary significantly. Certification benefits you, the patient, and your doctor employer. I believe that all allied health personnel should become certified as soon as they are eligible. Credentials are more important than you think. Certification says a lot about you as a person. It says you care enough about your career and role in eyecare to prove you know your stuff! There may come a time when certification will be a requirement to work. So, do it now!
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OSSA "Affordable Training for Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology and Optomerty"