Upcoming events

    • December 01, 2016
    • December 31, 2018
    • Online

    Professional Opticians of Florida have partnered with WINK Productions to offer a new on-line program developed to review the fundamentals needed to help you prepare for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) Certification Examinations required for licensure in Florida.

    Each virtual interactive lesson consists of slides, audio, speaker notes and a quiz, allowing you to review and complete the training independently. Online testing can make sure the most important information is understood. And, interactive education is more fun and more likely to be retained.

    Your email confirmation will include information on accessing the review courses.
    • February 23, 2017
    • January 13, 2019
    • Online

    Professional Opticians of Florida have partnered with WINK Productions to offer a new on-line program developed to review the fundamentals needed to help you prepare for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) Certification Examinations required for licensure in Florida.

    Each virtual interactive lesson consists of slides, audio, speaker notes and a quiz, allowing you to review and complete the training independently. Online testing can make sure the most important information is understood. And, interactive education is more fun and more likely to be retained.

    Your email confirmation will include information on accessing the review courses.
    • February 23, 2017
    • January 13, 2019
    • Online

    Professional Opticians of Florida have partnered with WINK Productions to offer a new on-line program developed to review the fundamentals needed to help you prepare for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) Certification Examinations required for licensure in Florida.

    Each virtual interactive lesson consists of slides, audio, speaker notes and a quiz, allowing you to review and complete the training independently. Online testing can make sure the most important information is understood. And, interactive education is more fun and more likely to be retained.

    Your email confirmation will include information on accessing the review courses.
    • September 08, 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • September 10, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hillsborough Community College / Residence Inn Tampa Westshore-Airport


    FLORIDA's 20 HOUR CONTACT LENS FITTING COURSE   For Florida Board Certification

    A 20 hour course covering state-of-the-art contact lens technologies and fitting techniques presented by the Professional Opticians of Florida.

    Become a Florida Board Certified Optician

    Earn the required 20 hours of training for your State Board of Opticianry Certification. This course fulfills the educational requirement to enable Florida opticians to fill, fit, adapt, and dispense contact lenses without the supervision of the prescriber. FL Statue 484.002(6)

    Education Schedule: New format with an advance live online webinar*

    Monday, Sept. 4:     6:30-9:30pm Live online Webinar

    Friday, Sept. 8:       3:00-8:00pm at HCC, Classroom & Hands-on

    Saturday, Sept. 9:   9:00-5:00pm at HCC, Classroom & Hands-on

    Sunday, Sept. 10:    9:00 -Noon at Residence Inn, Classroom

      * The advance webinar on Monday night* allows for the course to end at noon instead on 5:00 pm on Sunday (optional webinar times available)


    LOCATIONS: 

    Monday, September 4:

    Live Webinar*


    Friday & Saturday, September 8 & 9:

    Hillsborough Community College

    4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd. Tampa, FL 33614


    Sunday,  September 10:

    Residence Inn Tampa Westshore/Airport

    4312 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

    (located less than one mile from HCC)


    Due to a sporting event,  the Sunday September 10th's class will be held at an alternative location, the Residence Inn Tampa Westshore/Airport.

    The course will include discussion and review of the following topics:

    • Optical anatomy and physiology
    • Indications and contra-indications of contact lens fitting
    • Identification of abnormal responses secondary to contact lens wear
    • Basic rigid and soft lens design
    • Fitting and follow-up care
    • Identify fluorescein contact lens patterns
    • Special lens designs and fittings
    • Review of clinical fitting case examples
    • 4 hour hands-on workshop with slit-lamps & keratometers
    POF has established a hotel rate of $119 per night. Last day to book the room is August 18, 2017.


    Additional Course Information


    Register for Hotel

    • September 09, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:40 PM
    • Wickham Park Community Center, 2815 Leisure Way, Melbourne, FL 32935

    SPACE COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS
    4 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

    SEPTEMBER 9, 2017


    Wickham Park Community Center

    2815 Leisure Way
    Melbourne, FL 32935

    9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.   Light Fright
    Jeanne Parker, LDO – 1 Hour Technical
     
    10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.   Set Your SIGHTS on Health
    Jeanne Parker, LDO - 1 Hour Technical: Contact Lenses
     
    11:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.   Reduction of Medical Errors
    Jerry W. Campbell - 2 Hours Medical Errors


    POF Members - $30 (Must be a POF member on the day of education)  

    Standard - $30 + $20 per hour of education (This is the fee if you are not a POF member)

    Click here for form to register by mail instead of online.

    • September 20, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • TBD

    WEST COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS
    2 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
    SEPTEMBER 20, 2017


    Location: TBD

    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Florida Laws and Rules (Initial)
    David Couch

    2 Hours Laws and Rules
     

    Please contact Ward Delbridge-Moiles at wardwcpof@yahoo.com or 727-710-4372 to RSVP.

        

         


    • October 06, 2017
    • October 08, 2017
    • Disney Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida


    Make plans now for the magic in 2017!

    Disney magic is coming to OptiCon 2017!

    OptiCon® 2017 will take place from October 6, 7 & 8, 2017 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida at Disney's Contemporary Resort!   Mark your calendar now so that you don't miss this event.  Come to Disney before the conference, or stay after the conference to enjoy everything that Walt Disney World has to offer. 

    OptiCon® 2017 events will begin on Friday morning, October 6 with educational sessions, and continue through Sunday afternoon (October 8).  Courses that are being scheduled include the following categories:

    •  Spectacle, 
    • Contact Lens, 
    • Business,  
    • Hands-On, 
    • Refraction for Opticians, as well as the
    •  ABO and NCLE exam review courses!

    For more information on the conference itself, hotel and air travel, please click on the link below.  Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

    We look forward to seeing you at Disney!
                     


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    To Register for OptiCon

    • October 18, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hillsborough Community College - Dale Mabry Campus

    WEST COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS
    2 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
    OCTOBER 18, 2017


    LOCATION:
    HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE - DALE MABRY CAMPUS
    4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33614


    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    The Thirteen Temperaments of Eyewear Customers

    Carole Bratteig

    2 Hours Elective
     

    Please contact Ward Delbridge-Moiles at wardwcpof@yahoo.com or 727-710-4372 to RSVP.

        

         


    • October 27, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • October 29, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Doubletree Miami Airport
    This October Vision Preview will be hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center.

    There are still Deluxe Guest Rooms available at the Doubletree!
    You can Book Reservations Online or call the Resorts reservations department at 305-261-3800 by October 6, 2017 to reserve a POF discounted Deluxe Guestroom at the reduced rate $139. 

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

    • Low Hotel Room Rates at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center.

    • Vision Preview  offers you the best in Optical Education available anywhere.


    • October 27, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • October 29, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 2017 Vision Preview at DoubleTree Miami

    Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program

    This new 32 hours of training in Contact Lenses meets and exceeds the FL Admin Rule 64B12-16.003; Apprenticeship Requirements and Training Program for an Apprentice with a sponsor that is not Board Certified. The Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA) and POF have combined their experience and resources to offer a contact lens program designed specifically for Apprentice Opticians in Florida. This new 32-hour course will be offered in two parts: 13 hours of on-line training, plus 19 hours of live and hands-on clinical training offered at this conference.

    PART 1: Available Online in advance of workshop

    The first part of the program is delivered on-line and covers contact Lens theory in carefully designed modules that can be completed at your own pace and in advance of the live hands-on clinical Part 2.

    Part 2: Clinical Workshop at POF’s Vision Preview

    This part of the program is offered as a clinical workshop model, which is delivered over a three-day weekend. You will spend nineteen (19) hours with highly skilled contact lens instructors learning the key concepts of Contact Lens fitting firsthand. 

    Clinical Workshop Schedule:

    Friday October 27, 2017  5pm-8pm

    Florida & Federal Laws and Rules, Professional Ethics

    Saturday October 28, 2017  9am-5pm

    Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Keratometer, Slit Lamp

    Sunday October 29, 2017   9am-5pm

    Fitting & Evaluation, Insertion & Removal, Solutions

    Be sure to register for the Certificate program now and complete the 13 hours of training online in Part 1 before Friday, October 26  to be eligible to take the clinical workshops listed above. 

    Discounted POF Members Registration Total: $425

    For additional information on any of these Apprentice Training programs or to register, visit:  POF.org/apprentice.


    • November 15, 2017
    • TBD

    WEST COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS
    2 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
    NOVEMBER 15, 2017


    Location: TBD

    TIME: TBD

    Reduction of Medical Errors

    Laurie Pierce

    2 Hours Medical Errors
     

    Please contact Ward Delbridge-Moiles at wardwcpof@yahoo.com or 727-710-4372 to RSVP.

        

         


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