CE Calendar/Events

Upcoming POF events

    • 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 24, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport

    GULF COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS

       

    HARMFUL BLUE LIGHT AND OPTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR LONG TERM HEV PROTECTION 
    9 am - Robert Rivas – 1 Hour Technical Dispensing


    VARILUX X SERIES
    10 am - Robert Rivas - 1 Hour Technical Dispensing

    THE WILD BLUE YONDER: ADDRESSING BLUE LIGHT HAZARDS
    11 am - John Zimmerman - 1 Hour Technical Dispensing

    THE OPTICS OF FREE-FORM PROGRESSIVE LENSES
    12 n - John Zimmerman - 1 Hour Technical Dispensing

    DATE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
    TIME: 9:00 am
    LOCATION: HOLIDAY INN FORT MYERS AIRPORT,
    9931 INTERSTATE COMMERCE DR, FORT MYERS, FL  33913


    POF Members - $30.00 (Must be a POF member on the day of education.)  

    Standard - $85.00 (This is the fee if you are not a POF member.)

    The Luxottica code can be found on the POF/LUX homepage.



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

    WEST COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS


    THE THIRTEEN TEMPERAMENTS OF EYEWEAR CUSTOMERS


    DATE:  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017
    TIME:  6:30 pm
    LOCATION:  HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE - DALE MABRY CAMPUS, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33614
    SPEAKER: CAROLE BRATTEIG, 2 HOURS OF 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 of $139. 

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


    Full Details on Vision Preview 2017

    (Register online, or mail or fax in our convenient
     PDF Registration Form.)


    • 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 (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.

    Register online, by phone, or mail or fax in our convenient PDF Registration Form.

    • October 28, 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • October 29, 2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • DoubleTree Miami Airport Convention Center

    LIVE ABO/NCLE Examination Review Courses:

    October 28 & 29, 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. 

    NCLE Examination Review Course

    Saturday, October 282017

    8:30am - 12:00
    12:00pm - 1:00pm   lunch break (on your own)
    1:00pm - 3:30pm

    ABO Examination Review Course

    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    8:30am - 12:00
    12:00pm - 1:00pm   lunch break (on your own)
    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.

    Register online, by phone, or mail or fax in our convenient PDF Registration Form.

    • October 28, 2017
    • 11:45 AM - 7:00 PM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport & Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126

    Tabletop Exhibits at Vision Preview 2017

    Tabletop exhibit fee includes 1 six-foot draped table, 1 sign and 2 representative name badges per show. Additional representatives are $25 each. Electricity is NOT included . One additional table is available for $35 if you bring it or we provide it. Hotel accommodations are not included.

    Exhibit move in at 8:30 am Saturday morning of the event and exhibit breakdown starts no sooner than 7:00 pm, to be completed by 9:00 pm that evening.



    • November 15, 2017
    • TBD

    WEST COAST CHAPTER pRESENTS CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS

    REDUCTION OF MEDICAL ERRORS

    DATE:  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017 
    TIME:   TBD 

    LOCATION:   TBD 
    speaker: lAurie pierce, 2 hOURS of MEDICAL ERRORS

     

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

    • December 01, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • December 03, 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, Nov 27:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

    Friday, Dec 1:       3:00 - 8:00pm at HCC, Classroom & Hands-on

    Saturday, Dec 2:   9:00 - 5:00pm at HCC, Classroom & Hands-on

    Sunday, Dec 3:    9:00 - Noon at Residence Inn, Classroom

    * The advance webinar on Monday night allows for the course to end Sunday at noon instead of at 5:00 pm.  Additional webinar times are available. If you previously took the webinar, you do not have to watch it again.


    LOCATIONS: 

    Monday, November 27:

    Live Webinar


    Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2:

    Hillsborough Community College

    4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd. Tampa, FL 33614


    Sunday,  December 3:

    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, December 3 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 Course

    Register for Hotel

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