Professional Opticians of Florida


For the past 30 years, the Professional Opticians of Florida have dedicated themselves to enhancing the competency of opticians, advancing the profession of opticianry, for the purpose of dispensing the best vision possible to the citizens of Florida.

POF State Office
1947 Greenwood Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32303
850:201.2622 Fax:201.2947
Toll Free 800:972.2698
Se Habla Español (9am - 4pm)

OAA NEWSLETTER - Summer 2014 edition



The Opticians Association is pleased to publish the 2014 Summer Edition of the American Optician. In the newsletter, you will find a message from Tom Barracato (OAA President); news from the 2014 OAA State Leadership Conference (with pictures and award winners); the 2014 optical meeting calendar with information regarding the ABO-NCLE testing schedule; information on the "Great American Optician Video Contest" along with the announcement of our Celebrity Judging Panel; a special message from Christi Brand (Guild of Prescription Opticians); an update from the Vision of Hope Foundation; an update on the legislative battle the Opticians Association of Ohio is currently undertaking; and other useful opticianry information.

Read the 2014 Summer Edition of the American Optician

NEWS Feed from Vision Monday

August 20th
What do eye problems look like? The "three O's" know, but your patients are likely not as savvy when it comes to detecting the subtle but tell-tale signs of certain eye conditions that may be affecting their sight or that of their loved ones.
August 19th
INDIANAPOLIS—Health insurance company, WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE:WLP) announced plans last week to change its corporate name to Anthem, Inc. WellPoint serves more than 37 million people in its affiliated health plans, and nearly 67 million people throu…
July 17th
AUSTIN, Tex.— VisionWeb announced that the Opticians Association of America (OAA) and affiliated State Associations will receive a royalty payment of $7,075.34 earned for eyecare product orders placed by their members on VisionWeb over the last…
July 5th
LAKELAND, Tenn.—The Opticians Association of America’s (OAA) “Great American Optician Video Contest” has named four celebrity judges and postponed the deadline for submissions until Friday July 18, 2014.


Maurice Sweat Recognized for Outstanding Years of Service With POF


Maurice Sweat was recently recognized in the Central FL Chapter for his numerous years of service to POF and received the Outstanding Appreciation Award. Maurice began his Optical journey in 1965 and since then he has achieved many accomplishments. To read more on this story..Maurice_Sweat.pdf

 Written Rx Looks Different in the Digital Age


Phones, televisions and even the written eyeglass Rx look different than they did just 10 years ago. While POF is not able to provide technical support for your smart phone or Wi-Fi connected flat screen, we can provide technical guidance on some of the questions you may have about the recent changes and developments that have affected written eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions.

Here are some frequently asked questions about the new look of the Rx;

Is it illegal to maintain in our files an eyeglass or contact lens Rx written on counterfeit proof pad that has the word VOID or ILLEGAL printed on it?

Can opticians maintain copies of filled eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions electronically in their office instead of the paper version?

Is a prescription that has been digitally signed by the prescriber when no written signature appears is that legally acceptable?

Read POF's responses to these questions on the changin Rx in the digital age.


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You can earn up to five educational hours to renew your license online right now at with over 12 different CE hours available to choose from, there is something for everyone.
POF makes it easy for you, select the courses you want, read the course material online or take it with you, take the test when you want, you will get instant test results and your C.E. certificate is available to print immediately.

As Always online courses are FREE to POF Members and at a new lower price of $14.97 per hour for non members. Check out these great courses anytime that you want, they are always available - but not for such a low price.

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