I think it’s time I formally introduce myself and explain how this blog began. My name is Keli and I’m an ophthalmic tech. I’ve been working in eyecare since 2008, when I made the leap from jewelry to glasses sales. Years of convincing people to buy glittery baubles they didn’t really need primed me to sell prescription eyewear to people who needed to see. Fish in a barrel.
Optical sales was fun and steep spectacle discounts were a huge benefit but eventually I shifted into the patient care role of prepping patients for their optometric and ophthalmic exams. In 2014, I certified as a CPO, in 2015 got my ABOC, passed the COA in 2016 and became a COT in 2017.
One important factor in my career is that I did everything without a college degree—ophthalmic assisting is one of the few medical professions out there that doesn’t require one. In 2012, I enrolled in a nursing program, but quickly realized that I couldn’t work as much as I needed to while raising two young boys, so I put a degree on the back burner. Five years later, I switched majors and started pursuing a bachelor’s in Health Sciences and while enrolled in an English course that encouraged all students to use our homework prompts to write about different aspects in our career paths.
It was during this time that I realized, when researching sources for my papers, that there weren’t many blogs for ophthalmic assistants. A business class that I was taking at the time laid the groundwork for setting up a website so I decided to make a blog for techs with all of the essays I had written and The Optic Pit was born. The name itself, an awful diagnosis of the optic nerve, is actually the nickname of the breakroom in the office I work at and seemed like a fitting enough title.
What started as a place to post my old homework assignments has since grown into something bigger. The page’s Instagram account, @theopticpit, has widened my following and I’ve expanded content to be inclusive of opticians and optometric techs as well. As the blog continues to evolve, I’m looking forward to posting more on everyday aspects of what we do in eyecare, guest posts from other eye personnel and share resources for everyone in our field to turn to that pertain to both our work and our lives outside the office.
Thank you all for coming by my page and I hope that you enjoy it. If ever you have a suggestion or recommendation on a subject you’d like to see featured, shoot me an email and we can work together on getting it printed. Again, I can’t thank you enough for your support and look forward to watching this platform grow.