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.
    • May 19, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 21, 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    Join your colleagues at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa for another Professional Opticians of Florida exceptional education weekend. Earn all 20 required hours of education from highly respected practitioners and recognized industry leaders.

    You can look forward to multiple educational options every hour so that you can choose the topics and a schedule that fit your needs. There will be eight hours available on Friday and Saturday and five on Sunday.  We have scheduled a full, education-packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians, and Student Opticians. 

    For Full Details on the Conference

    Schedule at a Glance

    Friday, May 19th -  Eight hours of CE available

    10:00am    Registration Desk Opens

    12;00 n       CE Courses Start 

    6:00pm       Dinner Break

    7:00pm       Two additional CE available

    Saturday, May 20th -  Eight hours of CE available 

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am       CE Courses Start 

    11:45am     Lunch provided in Exhibit Area

    1:30pm       CE Courses Resume  

    5:30pm        Happy Hour in Exhibit Area

    Sunday, May 21th -  Five hours of CE available

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am       CE Courses Start 

    1:00pm Last CE course ends


    For Full Details on the Conference

    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N. Bayshore Dr.
    Safety Harbor, 
    FL 34695

    Phone: ​(888) 237-8772


    Call now for hotel reservations at the group room rate of $95. This discounted rate is available only through April 24 and often sells out early.

    After each day of top-quality continuing education, you’ll have time to enjoy gourmet dining, recreation,  and relax at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa that is located on 22 acres overlooking the beautiful Tampa Bay.

    The Resort is the centerpiece of the quaint & serene town of Safety Harbor, FL, which is only 15 minutes from the Tampa International Airport and Clearwater Beach. The Resort features oversized guest rooms all with a view of the Bay.

    The 2,000-year-old natural mineral springs that run directly beneath the resort were first discovered by explorers seeking the Fountain of Youth. Today, they still believe in their restorative powers so much that they use this natural mineral water throughout the resort: in all three pools, in spa treatments, and in their water coolers.


    • May 19, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 21, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 2017 West Coast Better Vision Conference in Safety Harbor

    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 at a Glance:

    Friday May 19, 2017  5pm-8pm

    Florida & Federal Laws and Rules, Professional Ethics

    Saturday May 20, 2017  9am-5pm

    Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Keratometer, Slit Lamp

    Sunday May 21, 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, May 12  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.


    • May 20, 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • May 21, 2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    LIVE ABO/NCLE Examination Review Courses:

    May 20 & 21, 2017

    POF, in conjunction with the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS), is pleased to offer ABO and NCLE live Exam Prep Courses. These live ABO/NCLE exam preps are 6 hours each and are conducted by full time Opticianry program instructors who will review the exam materials and assist you in your exam preparations. Instructors will answer your questions and help you prepare by studying appropriate materials in advance of your exam. Next live Exam Prep courses will be May 20 & 21 in Safety Harbor, Florida.

    ABO Examination Review Course

    Saturday, May 202017

    8:30am -12:00
    12:00pm -1:00pm   lunch break
    1:00pm -3:30pm

    NCLE Examination Review Course

    Sunday, May 21, 2017

    8:30am -12:00
    12:00pm -1:00pm   lunch break
    1:00pm -3:30pm

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: POF and all other exam review courses can only be a part of a comprehensive study program. Successful exam candidates have used these POF exam review courses to answer questions and solidify knowledge gained by studying the recommended materials in advance of the reviews and exams. Both ABO & NCLE exams cover vast areas of knowledge from years of experience. We strongly recommend that you use this review course in conjunction with adequate individual study of quality review materials.  POF’s recommended study guides for both the ABO and NCLE exams are available on the POF MarketPlace of this website.

    • June 21, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • TBD

    west COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS
    2 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
    June 21, 2017

    Location TBD


    6:30 p.m. –8:30 p.m.   SOAP
    Don Young – 2 Hours Technical:Contact Lens
     

    Please contact Atala Valdes at atalawcpof@yahoo.com or call 813-935-4055 to RSVP.

        

         


    • August 04, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • August 06, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • The Shores Resort & Spa

    Your friends at Professional Opticians of Florida looks forward to you joining us at the Summer Showcase 2017  as we return to the beautiful  Shores Resort & Spa on Daytona Beach Shores as we put together the best educational speakers in Opticianry for this weekend event.

    SUMMER SHOWCASE HIGHLIGHTS

    • Over 35 different CE topics will be offered, giving you plenty of options
    • Great optional Hands-On Workshops
    • Hands On Frame Fitting & Adjusting Workshop
    • World Class education available on the beach
    • All 20 of Florida’s required hours of continuing education in one weekend
    • 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

    Registration Opens January 25, 2017

    The schedule of education will be posted closer to the event, in the meantime please save the dates of August 4, 5 & 6 and plan your weekend beach getaway on the beaches of Daytona Shores.

    The Shores Resort & Spa

    2637 S. Atlantic Avenue
    Daytona Beach Shores

    Room rates and reservation information will be posted soon.

    After a long day of stimulating CE sessions, take some time to stroll down the sandy shoreline or surfing Daytona Beach Shores! 


    Enjoy the beautiful ocean views from the hotel's comfortable guestrooms and suites, which are perfect for families or romantic getaways, with Kids Club activities and a heated oceanfront saltwater pool. Rooms include plush linens, in-room refrigerators, and free wi-fi.

    The only AAA Four-Diamond luxury beachfront hotel in Daytona Beach, The Shores Resort & Spa combines the exciting spirit of Daytona with the service and luxury resort amenities you so well deserve.

    Summer Showcase Registration Opens  January 25, 2017 



    • 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 before October 4, 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 2016 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 May 19, 2017  5pm-8pm

    Florida & Federal Laws and Rules, Professional Ethics

    Saturday May 20, 2017  9am-5pm

    Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Keratometer, Slit Lamp

    Sunday May 21, 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, May 12  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.


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