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)

West Coast Better Vision Conference 

June 5, 6 & 7, 2015
Safety Harbor Resort & Spa
Safety Harbor Resort has sold out of POF discounted rooms.
Additional rooms are available at:
Fairfield Inn & Suites
3070 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Request the Professional Opticians of Florida $92 reduced rate. 

safety__harbor.JPGAt the West Coast Better Vision Conference you will be able to choose from over 30 different CE options and take all 20 of the Florida's required hours to renew your license. 

View the schedule of classes being offered that weekend

World Class location, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa for only $93 a night

The latest in eyewear fashions and accessories on display on Saturday

Your Saturday buffet lunch & evening reception is included in the price. (POF is the only CE provider that includes meals)

ABO/NCLE Exam Prep courses available on Saturday & Sunday

Use the POF Payment Gateway to register today

For more information visit the West Coast Better Vision 2015 webpage!




As many of you have seen, US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT published a paper written by a student and associate professor at George Mason University. It should be an embarrassment to USN & WR for publishing it and the University for allowing the incomplete, out of date, one-sided statements to be used in the paper. We are appalled at the shortsighted view (pun intented) of the article not taking into account the Public Health and Welfare that Opticians provide.

After many of your POF directors discussed the article, we reached out to the OAA to see if they were planning a response. A rebuttal or response needed to come from Opticianry. The OAA responded with a very accurate rebuttal to the data and information they provided. Additional responses are likely to come. Below you will find links to the information discussed.


In the great state of Florida, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, there is legislation that affects us in the optical industry. One of the more interesting Bills is the Vision Insurance that require us to buy products and deal exclusively with their labs. Mark Miller and Nancy Stewart, POF lobbyist, are assisting the other O's with this important legislative issue. We all are watching the movement of this bill. ­ SB 856 ­ You will be informed of the results when we know. Remember that this is one of many reasons that we are POF members. Eyes, Ears and a Voice in Tallahassee!

Now for Some Exciting News 

The new Refraction Course for Opticians is finalized and ready to roll out in about a month. This 20 hr. Course will be part Webinar and part Hands-­on. At the conclusion of you completing the course and passing the test you should be able to do a basic refraction on someone. Also, Florida will be the first state to start giving the course. Thanks to Maggie Sayers!!

More Exciting News for Apprentices

The 32 Hour Apprenticeship Contact Lens course will roll out in May of this year. POF and the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA) have joined forces to provide a comprehensive course to meet the state requirement for apprentices. This project has been in the works for over a year and involved a lot of work. Most of that prep work performed by Caroline Miller. Thank You!

The ABO and NCLE review courses will be available two ways, one will be Online Exam Prep Courses and the others will be LIVE Exam Prep Courses to be held at West Coast Better Vision Conference  and at Vision Preview in November.

We have new speakers in addition to our wonderful previous speakers making plans to join us this year at our conferences. Bringing brand new hours to you!

As you can see there are a lot of opportunities for advancement and enrichment of your chosen career. Take advantage of this wonderful and well prepared education.


David Couch
President, Professional Opticians of Florida
Alone we can do good, together we can accomplish the Greatest!

OAA Responds to 'The US News and World Report' Inaccurate Study and Article regarding Opticianry Licensure


Recently, an article ran on the US News and World Report's website based on Opticianry Licensure in the United States.   This article, "Bringing  the Effects of Occupational Licensing into Focus: Optician Licensing in the United States" LINK to original 'Working Paper' on the  Mercatus Center/George Mason website  that was written  by Anna Mills (George Mason University Graduate Student) and Edward J. Timmons (George Mason University Associate Professor) has the potential of placing the American Consumer at risk of eye health problems by advocating the elimination of opticianry licensure across the country. 

POF's Executive Director Mark Miller, brought this 'Working Paper' to the attention of OAA and other optical association leaders after discovering it on the web. Unfortunately, the flawed and inaccurate article has already been released and published. The Opticians Association of America(OAA) immediately sent a response to the US News and World Report refuting the findings of this very flawed and questionable study.

Read the OAA's response to Working Paper and Article


Governor Rick Scott Appoints Two to Board of Opticianry


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On March 5th,  Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Paul Wilford and the reappointment of John Girdler to the Board of Opticianry.

Wilford, 50, of Tallahassee, is an optician with the Tallahassee Eye Center. He succeeds Antonio Feroce and is appointed for a term beginning March 5, 2015, and ending October 31, 2017.

Girdler, 50, of Tallahassee, is an optician with Luxottica, Sears Optical. He is reappointed for a term beginning March 5, 2015, and ending October 31, 2018.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.


Great Online CE Hours Available Anytime at


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.

NEWS Feed from Vision Monday

May 19th
MINNETONKA, Minn.—A new UnitedHealthcare study shows that 57 percent of patients with chronic conditions who receive a comprehensive eye exam became re-engaged with a primary care physician or specialist in managing their ongoing illness. In additio…
May 19th
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—More than one in four American adults are risking serious eye damage through exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, according to a new report from The Vision Council, “Protection for the Naked Eye: Sunglasses as a Health Neces…
May 21st
ST. LOUIS—The World Council of Optometry (WCO) announced Wed., May 20, 2015, that the organization will move its offices from London to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) headquarters here.
April 17th
DUBLIN, Ireland—Jon Munro, an optician who owns Supersavers Opticians in Dublin, Ireland has created an entertaining infographic about human vision. This assortment of fascinating trivia will give you a newfound appreciation for the remarkable capab…


 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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