Upcoming events

    • January 01, 2024
    • December 31, 2024
    • Online
    Register

    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.


    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.


    • July 08, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • August 12, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • Online Webinar
    Registration is closed

    ABO Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series:

    Professional Opticians of Florida is pleased to offer the ABO Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series.  This ABO Basic Certification Webinar Series consists of 6 - (2) hour sessions instructed by, Lisa Griffin , an Opticianry program instructor.  Your instructor will help you prepare for the ABO exam by teaching appropriate materials and answering any questions  in advance of your exam.

    ABO Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series

    July 8

    July 15

    July 22

    July 29

    August 5

    August 12

    Webinar Hours: 7 - 9pm

    This review course covers the core areas of knowledge to assist in preparation for the ABO Basic Certification Exam.  Topics reviewed include:


    I. Ophthalmic Optics

    • Terminology
    • Lens characteristics, powers and formulas
    • Multifocals
    • Lens Materials
    • Prism

    II. Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

    • Structure of the eye and function
    • Refractive errors

    III. Ophthalmic Products

    • Lenses & Frames
    • Applying produce Knowledge
    • Verifying frame and lens parameters

    IV. Instrumentation

    • Use of lens power devices
    • Select ophthalmic tool, instruments, and equipment
    • Use and maintain ophthalmic tool, instruments, and equipment

    V. Dispensing Procedure

    • Visual needs for lifestyle and occupational activities
    • Fitting, adjusting, measuring, and verification

    VI. Laws, Regulations, and Standards


    For more information on the ABO/NCLE Basic Certification Exam Reviews


    Click Here


    • July 10, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • August 14, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • Online Webinar
    Registration is closed

    NCLE Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series:

    Professional Opticians of Florida is pleased to offer the NCLE Exam Review Webinar Series.  This NCLE webinar series consists of 6 - (2) hour sessions instructed by, Lisa Griffin , an Opticianry program instructor.  Your instructor will help you prepare for the NCLE exam by teaching appropriate materials and answering any questions  in advance of your exam.


    NCLE Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series

    July 10

    July 17

    July 24

    July 31

    August 7

    August 14

    Webinar Hours: 7 - 9pm

    This course will prepare the candidate for the NCLE Basic Certification Examination.

    Topics will include:


    Domain I -

    • Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the eye as it pertains to contact lens wear and

    Domain II -

    • Refractive errors regarding ametropias and optical conditions related to contact lenses.

    Domain III -

    • Pre-fitting techniques will be discussed to evaluate the relationship between the corneal readings and the refractive error to identify the possible need for specialty materials and designs.

    Domain V and VI –

    • Will discuss the diagnostic fitting and dispensing of both soft and rigid lenses, including aftercare, wearing schedules and patient hygiene.
    • This Domain will also include the use of instruments, tests and evaluation procedures.

    Domain VII –

    • Will discuss follow-up and problem solving protocol as it relates to normal and abnormal symptoms and

    Domain VIII –

    • Will discuss the legal aspects of contact lenses and tolerance standards utilized in contact lens fitting.

    For more information on the NCLE/ABO Exam Review

    • July 23, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Webinar-Online
    Register

    All Florida Apprentices are required to attend an approved two-hour Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation course within one year of registering for

    their program. This webinar will fulfill your orientation course requirement and it includes the latest requirements, current deadlines, new exam updates and educational options for Apprentices.

    A limited number of spaces are available during the webinar, and they will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. Sponsors of Apprentices can participate on the space available basis, however, this webinar will NOT be available for CE credit to Florida Opticians.

    This webinar is FREE to all Future Optician Members of POF and the standard rate of only $29 for Apprentices that are not members of POF. Join POF as a Future Optician Member for only $45 a year for the many benefits, including this Webinar. 

    Join POF


    • August 04, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Lake Jackson Community Center, 3840 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32303
    • 46
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    TALLAHASSEE CHAPTER PRESENTS

    4 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

    August 4, 2024


    LAKE JACKSON COMMUNITY CENTER

    3840 N. MONROE ST

    Tallahassee, FL 32303


    *Coffee, Water, Donuts & Bagels provided*


    9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Check In

    9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.  -  UV Before Blue, Setting a New Standard in Patient Care

    Nick Veliz, ABOC - One (1) Hour Technical


    10:20 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.  -  Zeiss SmartLife Young, Single Vision Lenses

    Nick Veliz - One (1) Hour Technical


    11:10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. -Break


    11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.  -  Transitions Portfolio - What is Good Vision?

    Aaron Brockner, MBA, ABOC - One (1) Hour Technical


    12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  -  Creating Perceived Value

    Aaron Brockner, MBA, ABOC - One (1) Hour Technical


    Members - $35.00 education included

     

    Nonmembers - $35.00 + $20.00 per hour


    *Rates increase $10 one week prior to the event-Early registration is recommended  

    *No Onsite Registrations*

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    (CE Provider #50-1645)


    • August 21, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 1410 N. 21st ST. Tampa, FL 33605
    • 47
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    WEST COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS

    2 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

    August 21, 2024


    Lions World Vision Institute

    1410 N. 21st St, Tampa, FL 33605





    6:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  - Registration 

    6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  - Meal Provided

    7:00 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. - Art & The Eye

    Professor Laurie Pierce, LDO, ABOM, NCLEC  - 1 Hour Technical

    8:00 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. - Lions World Vision Institute Tour

    Professor Laurie Pierce, LDO, ABOM, NCLEC  - 1 Hour Technical


    *Meal provided

    Member Rate - $30.00         

    Standard Rate - $30.00 + $20.00 per hour of education


    *Rates increase $10 one week prior to the event-Early registration is recommended  

    *No Onsite Registrations*

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    (CE Provider #50-1645)

    • September 13, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • September 15, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821
    Register

    Your friends at Professional Opticians of Florida look forward to you joining us at Summer Showcase 2024  at The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek! We put together the best educational speakers in Opticianry for this weekend's event.


    For Full Details on  Summer Showcase Click Here


    Schedule at a Glance


    Friday, September 13th 

    10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

    Saturday, September 14th 

    7:30 am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00 am CE Courses Start 

    11:45 am Lunch & Trade Show

    Once education ends on Saturday, please join us for Happy Hour in the Trade Show followed by Opticians After Dark  

    Sunday, September 15th

    7:30am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am CE Courses Start 


    For the  Summer Showcase Education Schedule Click Here

    Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

    14651 Chelonia Pkwy

    Orlando, FL 32821

    (407) 390-2300

    Please call The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek 407-390-2300 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $159 per night or click below to book online.  Please book before August 20, 2024.  

    Driving Directions to Hotel



    • Resort fee waived
    • Self-Parking $15
    • Valet Parking $38




    To ensure your stay is both convenient and cost-effective, POF secures a limited number of rooms at an exclusive group rate. The deadline to secure your special group rate is listed under each event, and availability if first-come, first-served. Once the block is sold out, this discounted rate will no longer be available. 

    Act promptly and reserve your room today!

    Book Hotel


    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    • September 13, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • September 15, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821
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    Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program

    POF's  32 hours of training in Contact Lenses meets and exceeds the Apprenticeship Requirements and Training Program for an Apprentice with a sponsor that is not Board Certified. (FL Admin Rule 64B12-16.003)

    Professional Opticians of Florida (POF)  has formulated 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 in Orlando at POF’s  Summer Showcase 2024 Event

    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. 


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

    Discounted POF Members Registration Total: $425 (including a complimentary one-year POF apprentice membership)


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



     MORE on the Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program

    Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

    14651 Chelonia Pkwy

    Orlando, FL 32821

    (407) 390-2300

    Please call The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek 407-390-2300 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $159 per night or click below to book online.  Please book before August 20, 2024.  

    Driving Directions to Hotel



    • Resort fee waived
    • Self-Parking $15
    • Valet Parking $38




    To ensure your stay is both convenient and cost-effective, POF secures a limited number of rooms at an exclusive group rate. The deadline to secure your special group rate is listed under each event, and availability if first-come, first-served. Once the block is sold out, this discounted rate will no longer be available. 

    Act promptly and reserve your room today!

    Book Hotel

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    • September 13, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • September 15, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821
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    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, September 9:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

    Friday, September 13:       Noon - 5:00pm at Summer Showcase, Classroom & Hands-on

    Saturday,  September 14:   9:00 - 5:00pm at Summer Showcase, Classroom & Hands-on

    Sunday,  September 15:    9:00 - 2:00pm at Summer Showcase, Classroom

      



    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

     

    Additional Information

    LOCATION: 

    Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

    14651 Chelonia Pkwy

    Orlando, FL 32821

    (407) 390-2300

    Please call The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek 407-390-2300 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $159 per night or click below to book online.  Please book before August 20, 2024.  

    Driving Directions to Hotel



    • Resort fee waived

    • Self-Parking $15

    • Valet Parking $38




    To ensure your stay is both convenient and cost-effective, POF secures a limited number of rooms at an exclusive group rate. The deadline to secure your special group rate is listed under each event, and availability if first-come, first-served. Once the block is sold out, this discounted rate will no longer be available. 

    Act promptly and reserve your room today!

    Book Hotel


    Due to the nature of this event cancellations up to 2 weeks prior(August 30, 2024) will be issued a credit on their POF account to use for membership or a future education event. Cancellations after August 30, 2024, education registration fees will not be credited or refunded.

    • September 14, 2024
    • 8:30 AM
    • September 15, 2024
    • 3:30 PM
    • Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821
    Register

     

    LIVE ABO/NCLE Basic Certification Exam Prep Courses:

    September 14 & 15, 2024

    POF, in conjunction with the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS), is pleased to offer ABO and NCLE live Basic Certification 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. The  instructor will answer your questions and help you prepare by studying appropriate materials in advance of your exam. 


    NCLE Basic Certification Exam Prep Course

    Saturday, September 14, 2024

    8:15 am Attendee check-in

    8:30 -12:00 pm Welcome & Instruction: Exam Review

    12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch on your own

    1:00 -3:25 pm Instruction: Exam Review

    3:25 -3:30 pm Evaluations, Wrap up & Thank you


    ABO Basic Certification Exam Prep Course

    Sunday, September 15, 2024

    8:15 am Attendee check-in

    8:30 -12:00 pm Welcome & Instruction: Exam Review

    12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch on your own

    1:00 -3:25 pm Instruction: Exam Review

    3:25 -3:30 pm Evaluations, Wrap up & Thank you




    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.


    Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

    14651 Chelonia Pkwy

    Orlando, FL 32821

    (407) 390-2300

    Please call The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek 407-390-2300 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $159 per night or click below to book online.  Please book before August 20, 2024.  

    Driving Directions to Hotel



    • Resort fee waived
    • Self-Parking $15
    • Valet Parking $38




    To ensure your stay is both convenient and cost-effective, POF secures a limited number of rooms at an exclusive group rate. The deadline to secure your special group rate is listed under each event, and availability if first-come, first-served. Once the block is sold out, this discounted rate will no longer be available. 

    Act promptly and reserve your room today!

    Book Hotel


    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    • November 01, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • November 03, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel & Convention Center, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd, Coral Springs, FL 33076
    Register

    Your friends at Professional Opticians of Florida look forward to you joining us at Vision Preview 2024  at

    Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs

    Hotel & Convention Center! We put together the best educational speakers in Opticianry for this weekend's event.


    Schedule at a Glance


    Friday, November 1st 

    10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

    Saturday, November 2nd 

    7:30 am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00 am CE Courses Start 

    11:45 am Lunch & Trade Show

    Once education ends on Saturday, please join us for Happy Hour in the Trade Show followed by Opticians After Dark  

    Sunday, November 3rd

    7:30am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am CE Courses Start 

    For the Vision Preview Education Schedule Click Here

    Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs

    Hotel & Convention Center


    • Group Rate-$145/night
    • Resort Fee Waived
    • $6 Overnight Parking
    • Free Daily Parking





    11775 Heron Bay Blvd.

    Coral Springs, FL 33076

     954-753-5598

    Book Hotel

    POF is happy to offer an optician-friendly cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason, POF will give you a 100% credit towards a future event, no explanation needed. Just send us a note confirming you cannot attend & we will credit your account after the event.

    • January 23, 2025
    • 1:00 PM
    • January 27, 2025
    • 8:00 AM
    • 9241 Charles M Rowland Dr, Port Canaveral, FL 32920
    • 54
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    CE's on the Seas 2025

    Join POF on a Voyage to Remember

    Sailing out of Port Canaveral, FL to the Bahamas!



    Join us on Carnival Cruise Lines

    Carnival Freedom 

    *All prices are based on double occupancy. Port fees and taxes are included (gratuities not included)*

    Interior Cabin- Starting as low as $434.65

    Oceanview - Starting as low as $474.65

    Balcony & Suite - Starting as low as $622.65

    Cabin Group Block Expires on November 6, 2024 or when the block is sold out. Book your cabin today with a small deposit due now and your final payment is due on November 6,2024.

    * All Education Attendees are Required to Book in the Group Block *

    Call your POF Travel Agent:

    Travel Advisers International

    401-427-0806


    Cruise Itinerary:


    Thursday, Jan 23, 2025 - Depart Port Canaveral, FL -3:30 PM

    5 hours of education offered


    Friday, Jan 24, 2025 - Nassau, Bahamas - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    2 hours of education offered


    Saturday, Jan 25, 2025 - Princess Cays, Bahamas - 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM

    2 hours of education offered


    Sunday, Jan 26, 2025 - Fun Day at Sea 

    7 hours of education offered


    Monday, Jan 27, 2025 - Arrive Port Canaveral, FL - 8:00 AM -disembark

     

    20 hours of approved Florida credit* 

    16 hours of ABO/NCLE  credit while having FUN!

    Due to the nature of this event,

    event education registration fees are non refundable

    *2 hours of Florida Laws & Rules and 2 hours of Reduction of Medical Errors will be offered as a take-to-cabin course and exam.  If you turn in your exam by the end of the cruise, you will receive your CE slip for credit before you disembark.  Those who prefer to complete those courses at your leisure will be given the option to take the courses as home study courses on pofce.org free of charge or to attend the two courses at any live POF event in the 2025 free of charge.

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