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)

Optical Summer Showcase Conference

 July 31 & August 1-2, 2015

Summer Showcase will be hosted in Our New Melbourne Beach Location crown plaza.jpg

Crowne Plaza Melbourne
  Oceanfront Resort and Spa
  2605 North Highway A1A
  Melbourne, Florida 32903
The Crowne Plaza Melbourne is booked to capacity and no rooms are available. 
Other area hotels you may check for rates and availability include:
Residence Inn Marriott/Melbourne
  Radisson Suite Hotel Oceanfront/Melbourne
Holiday Inn Express/Melbourne
 At the Optical Summer Showcase you will be able to choose from over 35 different CE options and take all 20 of the Florida's required hours to renew your license. 
  • The CE Schedule will be posted soon
  • Great Optional Hands-On Workshops
    • Hands On Frame Fitting & Adjustment Workshop
    • New Ophthalmic Technology for Reading Problems
  • World Class education available on the beach
  • The latest in eyewear fashions and accessories on display
  • Flexible day rates, you only pay for the days you plan to attend
  • POF's optician friendly payment options & 100% cancellation refund policy
  • Your education dollars support your profession locally & nationally
  • Use the POF Payment Gateway to register today

For more information visit the Optical Summer Showcase page!





June 2015

davidCouchHS.jpgWell we started the educational biennium off with a bang!!  Westcoast Better Vision Conference was a huge success with new on-site registration processes, fresh ideas shared through new education, new hands-­on workshops, the Introduction to Refraction course and, oh yes,  parties!

The new on-site registration process lets you pay on location for education being taken, including hands­-on workshops.  You can verify membership and get receipts the same day. That helps some attendees with employer reimbursements. Your Association Board of Directors felt this would be a benefit to our members and POF staff.

Professional Opticians of Florida always strives to provide excellent education for our conferences such as the WCBVC. Speakers selected for their knowledge were from all over the country and delivered new topics that were well received. ABO and NCLE Review courses were also given for those preparing to take their exams. The reviews given by attendees were excellent!

The Introduction to Refraction course was given to many who saw a great presentation by co-­creator Maggie Sayers. This is truly a great opportunity for us to expand our knowledge and be a more significant member of the vision care field. The webinar modules have started for the 41 people who signed up since the Westcoast Better Vision Conference. That is a fantastic start for the initial roll out of this program. Special thanks to Maggie, Mark, Caroline and the entire team.

With respect to legislation, the sessions in Tallahassee ended without any changes to the way we currently do business. All of the legislation that concerned us failed to move ahead, partly due to the Health Care bill issue. I along with your POF Board will strive to continue to work with the other O's and their Associations regarding issues that affect us all.

Summer Showcase is July 31 ­ August 2, 2015 and we expect a great turn out as always! For those of you needing CE's, visit the link above then come out and see why we are so excited about the future!

A fellow Vision Expert,


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



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.

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 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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