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)


POF Continuing Education Courses Back Online


While transitioning to our new software, POF temporarily made its online CE courses available by phone or email request. Many opticians took advantage of the course offerings during that brief time period, and we thank you all for your patience while we upgraded our system.

POF's continuing education courses are now available online.

To order courses, you will need to create a new login to register and pay. Your old password will not work. Your email address is your user name and we created a temporary password for all licensed opticians and apprentices that we have in our system.

To access online CE, your new temporary password uses your Florida license number. 

Opticians, your temporary password is formatted like this: DO####AA  (replace the #### with your 3 or 4 digit license number)

Apprentices, use DA####AA instead.

You are welcome to login from the MEMBER PROFILE LOGIN PAGE and reset your password now, and to review or update your profile that is on file with POF. will have an all NEW look starting in December

Starting in December of this year will have an all new look with NEWpofSite.PNGnew and improved functionity including a new login for members and non-members to register and pay for membership, CE events and workshops.  

With this new website you need to create a new login profile and password your old password will not work.  Your email address is your user name and we have created a temporary password for all licensed opticians and apprentices that we have in our system.    

To access the online CE, your new temporary password uses your Florida license number, for Opticians your temporary password is formatted like this  DO####AA    replace the #### with your 3 or 4 digit license numbers       Apprentices use DA####AA instead.

You are welcome to login from the MEMBER PROFILE LOGIN PAGE and reset your password now and to review or update your profile that is on file.





November 2016

Well, as we get busy with the actual renewal process, we can look back to a great year of education from your association and say it was awesome and fun!

With four big outstanding educational events around the state, and numerous local chapter events, that explains why so many opticians were extremely happy getting their continuing education with the Professional Opticians of Florida. Spring Spectacle in Ft. Walton Beach, West Coast Better Vision in Safety Harbor, Summer Showcase in Daytona Beach, and Vision Preview in Weston were the biggest and best ever.

These events take a lot of work and preparation. Special thanks, of course, to Mark Miller and staff for another great year. Their work starts months before each event. But there are also many volunteers that devote time and energy to the success of our events. These are your association Board of Directors and chapter leaders from all over the state. I truly thank each and every one of you for your dedication to your association and profession. Without you all it would be much more challenging.

So, if you have completed your CE hours and renewed your license, congratulations on another successful biennium. If you are still in need of hours, see the website home page for dates and locations of CE events around the state or go to the website for the online CE of which members receive five (5) free hours.

Wishing you and your family the best this holiday season.


David Couch

David Couch, LDO, Board Certified

President, Professional Opticians of Florida 

‘Your positive influence on others today will influence their others tomorrow.’


NEWS Feed from Vision Monday

October 24th
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry have been awarded a $1.9 million grant to study markers that predict structural changes of the eye.
November 20th
IRVINE, Calif.—Allergan founder Gavin Herbert and his wife, Ninetta, have pledged $5 million to advance retinal research at UC Irvine Health’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, the academic eyecare center named in his honor.
November 27th
MEMPHIS—Alcon is hosting a training event today at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis to help eyecare professionals become more successful in fitting multifocal contact lenses.


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


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


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


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 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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