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)

The US News and World Report publishes Inaccurate Study and Article regarding Opticianry Licensure, written by the Mercatus Center 


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.


Hillsborough Community College Opticianry Program Celebrating 40 Years

All HCC Grads!  Mark your calendars, save the date and plan to attend the reunion and 40th anniversary celebration April 17-18, 2015 in Tampa.

Details and registration information can be found HERE on the HCC Foundation website or on Facebook - HCC Opticianry Celebrating 40 Years

Help us get the word out. If you know any graduates of the program be sure to let them know.


The Opticians Association of America is proud to introduce the new and improved American Optician Publication...Online

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For many years The American Optician has been the Opticians Association of America's newsletter that was printed and mailed out to all of their members. In an effort to get timely information to the membership, OAA has changed the format and will now produce four online editions of the magazine every year.

The first edition of The American Optician in the new online format has been completed and OAA is very proud to make it available to all POF members. You can view the Winter Edition of the OAA magazine HERE.

In this edition of the The American Optician you will find articles on the following hot topics:

*  Any Willing Provider Legislation
*  Leadership: What does it Really Mean
*  The Importance of Communication
*  What makes a Great Optician
*  Question of Vision Care Insurance
*  Avoiding Remakes
*  Optical Heritage Museum
*  Hazards of Blue Light

POF and the Opticians Association of America truly hopes that you will enjoy and find useful information about your profession in our publication.


2014 ­ WHAT A YEAR! 2015 HERE WE GO!!

David_Couch.jpgWhen you have opticians who are in the second year of the biennium and in need of Continuing education for their license renewal good education is important! But, when you have Professional Opticians of Florida who need CE credits they expect GREAT education!

Your association always tries to provide the best speakers and the most interesting topics for today’s opticians. Based on your feedback and it sounds like we did that.

With leadership of the Board of Directors, Officers, Past President Gloria Dodge, Mark Miller and his staff we look back on an exciting year filled with successful Educational events and record membership totals.

We also heard concerns regarding the State Exam and addressed them with the responsible parties. The New Board Certification course was given for the first time at Vision Preview with tremendous reviews. Refraction education was introduced this year to opticians looking to broaden their knowledge and expand their skillset.

Get ready and Save the Date for this year’s Big Events:

West Coast Better Vision Conference
At the beautiful Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
June 5 ­-7 , 2015
Safety Harbor, Florida
Summer Showcase Conference
July 31 - ­August 2, 2015
On the Beach at the Crowne Plaza
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Vision Preview Conference
Bonaventure Resort
November 6 - 8, 2015
Weston, Florida
Looking forward to seeing you this  year!

David Couch
President, Professional Opticians of Florida

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

March 26th
NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report from Jobson Optical Research shows that the overall optical business rating for February 2015 decreased slightly to 3.81 from a January 2015 rating of 3.88.
March 24th
NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report from Jobson Optical Research shows that the overall optical business rating for February 2015 decreased slightly to 3.81 from a January 2015 rating of 3.88.
March 26th
DALTON, Mass.—Services will be held today for John Enright, 79, co-founder of Perferx Optical Co., who passed away on March 22 here.
March 26th
SPRINGFIELD, Va.—The American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO-NCLE) announced that they have successfully developed a full Spanish-language electronic version of the NOCE and CLRE Basic Certification Examinations.


 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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