Educational Activities

More than 1000 doctors a year receive trainings at Novalex Group and become regular customers thereafter.

We try to present even the most complex information in a simple way. We completely review modern optical vision correction methods and state-of-the-art technologies in contact lenses and care products manufacturing presented on the market in Russia and CIS countries.


A refractionist is an eye physician. This doctor provides primary visual system care and gives a referral to see other medical specialists, if needed. A refractionist diagnoses the problems, cures nonsurgical injuries and visual disorders (such as nearsightedness and farsightedness) and also gives recommendations on using contact lenses and glasses.

Professional peculiarities

Refractionists are sometimes called ophthalmologists or oculists. But this isright only to a certain extent. Professions like refractionist and ophthalmologist areseparated in many countries. Optometry is a part of ophthalmology narrowly focused on contact vision correction. But in Russia, it is an eye physician at local polyclinics who usually prescribes contact lenses using a chart for eye examination, a set of lenses with different optical powers and patient’s unconditional faith.

And the worst part is when refractionists who don’t hold a medical university degree work at optician's stores. They have a sound grasp of the computer-aided methods for visual acuity evaluation but they do not give any medical consultations.

A qualified refractionist possesses knowledge of computer techniques for eyesight screening, controls the condition of cornea,eye lens, and blood vessels and, if needed, checks intraocular pressure as well.

What is a signal for you to see a refractionist?

When you feel that your old glasses no longer fit or you feel you have new problems with vision. A refractionist will get your eyes,color and light perception checked, then they’ll measure the distance between your pupils and write an eyeglass or contact lenses prescription. Then the doctor will help you to try contact lenses on and explain how you should use them. If a refractionist notices any disturbing symptoms (such as lens or corneal opacity), they will refer a patient to an ophthalmologist – a doctor specializing in treating pathological condition which includes surgical procedures.

Just imagine: every third person in the world has an eyesight problem. This is why refractionists will always be in demand everywhere: in ophthalmology clinics, salons and optician's shops.

Educational programs

The Novalex company has got solid experience in providing educational programs, seminars and other educational activities. We offer advanced training programs for both refractionists and ophthalmologists.

Knowledge and skills

An optometrist has sound knowledge of ocular organsphysiology and conditions, physiology in general, and optics laws. This doctor has comprehensive knowledge of eye examination methods, eyeglasses and contact lenses adjustments, and knows how to use special equipment.

Where can I study to be an optometrist (education)

To become a professional optometrist, you are to graduate from a medical university with a degree in ophthalmology and undertake additional further training courses in medical optometry. Such programs are provided in Saint Petersburg and Moscow.