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)

OAA NEWSLETTER - Summer 2014 edition



The Opticians Association is pleased to publish the 2014 Summer Edition of the American Optician. In the newsletter, you will find a message from Tom Barracato (OAA President); news from the 2014 OAA State Leadership Conference (with pictures and award winners); the 2014 optical meeting calendar with information regarding the ABO-NCLE testing schedule; information on the "Great American Optician Video Contest" along with the announcement of our Celebrity Judging Panel; a special message from Christi Brand (Guild of Prescription Opticians); an update from the Vision of Hope Foundation; an update on the legislative battle the Opticians Association of Ohio is currently undertaking; and other useful opticianry information.

Read the 2014 Summer Edition of the American Optician

Summer Showcase in a NEW Beach Location  on August 1-3, 2014


2014 Summer Showcase will be at this great NEW location and is still on the beach at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne.  

Crowne Plaza Melbourne is SOLD OUT of Hotel rooms.

A limited number of rooms are now available at the Radisson Suite Hotel Oceanfront for $159 a night. The Radisson is an all-Suite hotel and is located less than one mile North of Crown Plaza Hotel on A1A.  To reserve your room, contact hotel directly and mention that you are with Professional Optician of Florida/POF to receive the reduced rate.

Radisson Suite Hotel Oceanfront
3101 N Hwy A1A,
Melbourne, FL 32903
(321) 773-9260

♦ REVISED CE Schedule as of June 18th is now posted.

♦ Over 35 different CE topics offered, giving you plenty of options

♦ Three Great optional Hands-On Workshops

    :: Hands On Frame Fitting & Adjusting Workshop

    :: Secrets of a Skillful Confrontational Conversation

    :: New Ophthalmic Tech. for Reading Problems

♦ 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

♦ Online Registration Open Now  


'EYECARE' News Feed from Vision Monday

July 22nd
PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—To improve eye health awareness and encourage regular eyecare among ethnic populations at greater risk for health problems that can lead to serious vision impairment, Transitions Optical hosted a roundtable discussion explori…
July 22nd
IRVINE, Calif.— Allergan (NYSE: AGN) reported $1,827.3 million total product net sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, a 15.9 percent compared to total product net sales in the second quarter of 2013.


Maurice Sweat Recognized for Outstanding Years of Service With POF


Maurice Sweat was recently recognized in the Central FL Chapter for his numerous years of service to POF and received the Outstanding Appreciation Award. Maurice began his Optical journey in 1965 and since then he has achieved many accomplishments. To read more on this story..Maurice_Sweat.pdf

 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.


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.

Here are the education courses that are on sale and available on

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