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)

Summer Showcase will be hosted in our NEW Daytona Beach Shores Location August 5-7, 2016

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Join your colleagues at the Shores Resort & Spa for another Professional Opticians of Florida exceptional education weekend. We have scheduled a full, education packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians, and Student Opticians.

SSH.jpgThe Shores Resort & Spa  is located on the edge of one of the most beautiful strands of Daytona Beach - The Shores barrier island - The Shores Resort & Spa offers a distinctively different approach to your luxury hotel experience.

The Shores Resort is SOLD OUT

Here are hotels in the area to check for room availability:

Hampton Inn Daytona Speedway-Airport (15 minutes from The Shores Resort & Spa)
   1715 W International Speedway Blvd.,
   Daytona Beach, Florida
   (386) 257-4030
   Ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida reduced rate of $89 OR click this link to book your room online
 
 Hilton Garden Inn Daytona Beach Oceanfront (15 minutes from The Shores Resort & Spa)
   2560 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL
   (386) 265-0501
  Room Rate: $149.00 per night
 
Residence Inn by Marriott Daytona Beach Oceanfront (3 minutes from the Shores Resort & Spa)
3209 South Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach Shores, FL
888-236-2427
Ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida reduced rate of $169 OR click this link to book your room online 
 
Summer Showcase Full Schedule NOW Available

 


 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Summer 2016

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Do you have them? All of your CEs? Don’t worry there is a big event coming soon!

Summer Showcase is the event and Daytona Beach is the place. Yes, it’s a new location, The Shores Resort and Spa on historic Daytona Beach. August 5-7th, 2016. It’s a beautiful venue for great education and beach time for the family. Once again, we are bringing in interesting and informative speakers from all over the country. Register now and book the hotel as rooms are going fast.

The West Coast Better Vision Conference (WCBVC) was a huge success with record attendance, new exhibitors and a great cocktail party. In addition to outstanding education, a very special event took place. A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Mr. Sam Jones of Sarasota. Sam is a Past President of FADO, one of our earlier associations, and helped form Professional Opticians of Florida. He also served on and chaired the Board of Opticianry for many years. Thanks again Sam!

Also at WCBVC, the new Board of Opticianry-approved POF Contact Lens Certification course, designed for apprentices, debuted and received great reviews. If you know an apprentice, this a mandatory course for apprentices who are sponsored by a non-Board Certified Optician. In addition to the 40+ CE hours available to attendees, POF presented professional development courses and the ABO and NCLE review courses, during the weekend at beautiful Safety Harbor Resort and Spa.

Additional events are available this year, like the Board Certification Course in Miami, Florida, Opticon at Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort, and Vision Preview at Bonaventure Resort and Spa in Westin, Florida. See the dates for all of these events on this page.

On a sad note, this association and the POF Board of Directors lost a friend and fellow member. Doreen Solomon, who lost her battle with cancer this year. She was a Director from Central Florida and she was the epitome of volunteerism. Doreen was always there at events, giving of her time and wisdom. She served on and chaired POF committees because she loved her profession and this association. Her devotion to apprentices and fellow opticians alike, through helping to advance their education, was outstanding. She is truly missed!

May you all have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you at one of our POF events.

Regards Always,

David Couch

David Couch, LDO, Board Certified

President, Professional Opticians of Florida 


NEWS Feed from Vision Monday

July 19th
NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report from Jobson Optical Research, which gauges the business outlook among independent ECPs is now reported quarterly.
July 7th
CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness is launching The Focus Initiative, a virtual forum for those working in the vision and public health sector.
June 30th
BOSTON—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) bestowed several honors at its annual luncheon held here earlier this week during Optometry’s Meeting. Among these were the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Morris Berman; the…

 


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

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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

 


2016 Winter Edition of American Optician

has been completed and OAA and POF are very proud to present it to you

In this Edition, you will find articles on the following hot topics...

  • Are You Preparing for Retirement
  • Help Winter: Optician
  • OAA Ramps Up its Marketing

The Opticians Association of America and Professional Opticians of Florida truly hopes that you will check out the publication. 

To view the magazine

 


 

 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 legally acceptable?

Read POF's responses to these questions on the changing 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 will be 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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