Professional Opticians of Florida
It was great to see everyone at Vision Preview in Fort Lauderdale … what an outstanding event! As always, the education was top notch, vendor support was phenomenal, and I thank all of you and all of our vendors for the continued support. Judy Lew, Glenn Battinger and Essilor sponsored one of the best events of the weekend, ‘Opticians After Dark,’ the brainchild of Dee Pace. This super fun Opticians get-together has become the premier after-hours event!
The Florida Board of Opticianry held a very well attended meeting on Friday and those in attendance received two hours of laws and rules continuing education credit. To say the board meeting was interesting is an extreme understatement!
The next education event will be our Spring Spectacle, February 28 - March 1, 2020 at The Island by Hotel RL in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Earn all 20 required hours of education from highly respected practitioners and recognized industry leaders. You can look forward to more great education and choose the topics and the schedule that fits your needs. Check out the details and be sure to register early at www.POF.org.
Jerry W. Campbell, LDO, ABOC, NCLEC
POF is proud to support HCC in it's missions with iCare
Opticians for Better Vision
2019 Donation Goal
For many years, the Professional Opticians of Florida have had a retained, registered, professional lobbyist working on your behalf in the halls of the Florida Capitol. POF has the only representation in the House and Senate working on behalf of you and all Florida Opticians. I am so fortunate to have been that person in the "halls" for you since 1989. Some of you may remember our efforts to kill the deregulation of your profession by eliminating your license years ago, and, happily, POF was successful.
Participation in the election process requires money, period. Your contributions to Opticians for Better Vision, your political committee, go directly to candidate campaigns. There are no fewer than 140 races for Florida legislative races every other year...it just never ends. Florida contribution limits per cycle are $1,000 per candidate. So you can understand the continuing need for support for your professional political activity...both individually and as a membership, trade association working on your behalf.
Please make this commitment today. It is important to protect what you worked so hard to achieve!!
Nancy Black Stewart
It never hurts to look... Find the right position for you on POF's Career Board.
Being a Member has its benefits, it's time for you to find out more why POF is the largest and most respected Optician's organization in the US.
POF is proud to support HCC and the mission they do with iCare. Below is a link and video of the trip.
HCC's partnership with iCARE 2019 in Montego Bay was a huge success. The team of 45 volunteers served a total of 1,582 patients. The Opticians were able to provide 664 prescription glasses, 732 reading glasses, and 1,660 sunglasses.
iCare's clinic MDs completed laser surgeries consisting of 150 SLTs for glaucoma, 42 PRPs for diabetic retinopathy, and 1 pexy for a detached retina - an iCARE first.
iCare's nurses conducted several hundred tests for blood pressure and blood sugar.
iCare's surgical team performed a record 41 cataract surgeries with the addition of 22 MIGs for glaucoma - also a first.
POF would like to thank all of the volunteers and the incredible amount of outreach they were able to provide as a team.
Please view the video of the trip below;
You can earn up to five online CE hours to renew your license right now. Over 20 different CE hours available to choose from, there is something for everyone.
February 28-March 1, 2020
Join your colleagues at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL for another Professional Opticians of Florida exceptional education weekend. We are currently working to schedule a full, education-packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians.