Professional Opticians of Florida

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)

Message from David Couch, POF President

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      As proud founding member of this association, I now feel privileged and honored to be the new president of POF. As a seasoned Optician, my career adventures in this profession have been wide and many and one of my greatest pleasures has been watching and helping in this organization grow and development.

     The past and current board members and officers of the Professional Opticians of Florida have had a lot to do with that. POF is well respected around the country for its accomplishments and forward thinking. I would like to thank the past and current board members and officers for their unselfish time and efforts in making us who we are.

     It was truly an honor to be elected President of this wonderful association at our Summer Showcase event  in Melbourne last month and I will do my best to see the work continue for the future of this association and our profession.

     Please check out the new Board of Directors and officers listed on this website. Remember that we volunteer our time and efforts for our association because we are dedicated to our profession and want to protect and maintain the value of our license. We are here to listen to your concerns and to answer your questions.  Find out who your regional director is and make note of their contact information.

     We are excited about the record attendance at this years conferences all over the state. The compliments are numerous, wonderful to read and helpful in planning for future conferences and education.  Our members really enjoy interesting topics, great speakers, and the fellowship of their friends and colleagues. Don't miss our biggest conference coming up in November!  Vision Preview 2014 at the beautiful Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, FL. The cost of this event, including the hotel rooms, is very reasonable.  I hope to see you there!

Best Regards,

David Couch, LDO
President, Professional Opticians of Florida


Plan to attend VISION PREVIEW 2014 - Nov. 7-9

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Vision Preview 2014 offers you the finest in Optical Education available anywhere.

Earn all 20 CE hours for the renewal of your Florida license

Choose from over 50 hours of State approved CE courses for opticians

World class education presented by the Nation's leading instructors

Full Schedule of Education with eight hours of CE on Friday & Saturday

Only POF offers the State of Florida mandated courses on multiple days

The Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation & Hand-on Frame Fitting Workshop available

Visit International optical vendors & suppliers at Vision Preview Exhibits

Attend and support your profession

Visit VisionPreview.com for details & updates

VISION PREVIEW 2014 Returns to Bonaventure

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As always, POF listens to our member's requests and comments. So we kept our same location that allowed us to address many of the members concerns about our largest event of the year

This November Vision Preview 2014  will be hosted at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston Florida.

Here are just some of the benefits for you at this location;

  • Free Self Parking! Valet parking is extra
  • Easy Access from I-75, I-595, US 27 & Sawgrass Expressway(869)
  • Saturday Lunch is included with registration
  • Low Hotel Room Rates
  • Only 17 miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport FLL

NEWS Feed from Vision Monday

September 28th
AURORA, Ohio—The College of Optometrists in Vision Development has issued a request for patients between the ages of nine and 14 with symptomatic convergence insufficiency to participate in the National Eye Institute’s five-year, $8 millio…
September 28th
PIKEVILLE. Ky.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development acting under secretary Doug O’Brien announced Sept. 24, 2014, that the agency’s Community Facilities program has approved a $40 million loan to help the University of…
September 25th
LAS VEGAS—American Idol’s Randy Jackson announced the winners of the Opticians Association of America’s (OAA) Great American Optician Video Contest at the Zyloware booth during Vision Expo West at the Sands Expo & Convention Center…
September 18th
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A group of 27 opticianry leaders representing 11 different organizations gathered here for a recent Opticians Collaboration Summit to discuss how to advance the profession of opticianry.

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Maurice Sweat Recognized for Outstanding Years of Service With POF

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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

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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.

 

Great Online CE Hours Available Anytime at pofCE.org

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You can earn up to five educational hours to renew your license online right now at pofCE.org 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.


Here are the education courses that are on sale and available on pofCE.org.

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