Professional Opticians of Florida

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)

Vision Preview at Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, FL

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Vision Preview 2016 is back at the beautiful Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, Florida, now under new management. The gorgeous setting, accessible location and well-equipped convention complex provides a comfortable and convenient venue for the Vision Preview event. 

You can Book Reservations Online or call the Reservations Dept at Bonaventure at 954-389-3300 to reserve a POF discounted Deluxe Guestroom at the reduced rate $130 that includes the resort fee at no additional cost to you (an additional savings of $16 a night while rooms are available. Last day for the POF rate is October 4, 2016. 

Vision Preview 2016 offers you the best in Optical Education available anywhere.

* Earn all 20 CE hours for the renewal of your license in one weekend

* Choose from over 50 hours of Florida approved CE courses for opticians

* World class education presented by 15 of the Nation's leading instructors

* Saturday lunch included

* Full schedule of Education with eight hours of CE on Friday and Saturday

*Only POF offers the State of Florida mandated courses on multiple days

-FL Laws & Rules on Friday & Saturday

-Medical Errors on Friday & Saturday

-Contact Lens Education on Saturday & Sunday

EDUCATION SCHEDULE

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION and REGISTRATION 

 

 
 

 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

 
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Fall 2016

Professional Opticians of Florida held an educational event in Miami on September 11, 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Miami Airport Hotel. It was a great time with great speakers and a very nice venue. Many attendees commented on how happy they were that they had attended. I want to thank Raymond Castro, the Regional Director for Miami/Dade, for his time and work on helping this event be a success.

Well it’s coming! POF 4.0!  Our Website is about to roll out the 4th generation/version. If it weren’t for the foresight of one of our members and former Directors, we wouldn’t be saying this. So a special THANK YOU to Daniel Seltzer of Tampa for securing our domain and getting our website started. The new look should be up and running by the first of October, according to Executive Director, Mark Miller. It will continue to feature the latest in industry news, Association events and more detailed areas for member information. A great new look! Thank you Mark and staff!

It’s hard to believe that we are finalizing details for the last big CE event of the biennium. Vision Preview is just around the corner on October 28-30, 2016. Once again, this event will be held at the beautiful Bonaventure Resort and Spa in Westin, Florida. This is going to possibly be the busiest event ever for our association. We will have 40+ CE hours to choose from, the 20 hour Board Certification course, the 32 hour Contact Lens Program, an ABO Review course and an NCLE Review course. Oh, and some Halloween fun time is being planned. Don’t wait to make your reservation, as the rooms go fast. Book your room soon and register for the event. See details on this page.

I hope you are winding up a great summer and hope to see you at the next event.

Warmest Regards,

David Couch

David Couch, LDO, Board Certified

President, Professional Opticians of Florida 

‘Your positive influence on others today will influence their others tomorrow.’

 

Thank you to the Summer Showcase Exhibitors

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We would also like to extend a special thanks to the following exhibitors for their participation and support:
 
ABB Optical Group
represented by Ashley Delgado 
 
Carl Zeiss Vision 
represented by Nick Veliz and John Zimmerman
 
Dolabany Eyewear 
represented by Mark Dolabany
 
Eastern States Eyewear 
represented by Ron Hall
 
Essilor of America 
represented by Dee Galvin, Will Busick and Glenn Batteiger
 
Hoya Eye Vision 
represented by Jason Frank, Robert Burns and Tim Taylor
 
Inspecs USA Savile Row 
represented by Brookelyn Watson 
 
Liberty Sport 
represented by Scott Seiler
 
My Vision Express 
represented by Mike Gonzalez
 
National Vision Inc
represented by Gregg Robinson and Michele Martin
 
Pech Optican
represented by Rusty Lookabill
 
Prodesign Denmark
represented by John Arocha
 
Shamir Insight, Inc
represented by Chavi Langston 
 
Solution Reach
represented by Catherine Stark and Theresa Stewart
 
Spectotes 
represented by Irene Burgdorf and Bev Early 
 
Stormin' Norman's Optical Supplies 
represented by Liza Fluke
 
US Optical 
Hank DelFavero
 
Vision-Ease Lens
represented by Cheri Guy
 
VSP Optics Group
represented by Fred Hagans
 
Walmart Vision Center
represented by EwuVonka Flournoy 
 
 
 
 

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OAA Responds to 'The US News and World Report' Inaccurate Study and Article regarding Opticianry Licensure

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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

 


2016 Winter Edition of American Optician

has been completed and OAA and POF are very proud to present it to you

In this Edition, you will find articles on the following hot topics...

  • Are You Preparing for Retirement
  • Help Winter: Optician
  • OAA Ramps Up its Marketing

The Opticians Association of America and Professional Opticians of Florida truly hopes that you will check out the publication. 

To view the magazine

 


 

 Written Rx Looks Different in the Digital Age

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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 legally acceptable?

Read POF's responses to these questions on the changing Rx in the digital age.

 

 


 

Great Online CE Hours Available Anytime at pofCE.org

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You can earn up to five educational hours to renew your license online right now at pofCE.org. 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 will be 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.

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