July 2018     

Hello POF members, I hope everyone is having a great summer!

Our next big education event is quickly approaching, and I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Summer Showcase & Contact Lens Symposium 2018, August 3-5, 2018 at The Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. After a busy day of outstanding education, be sure to join in on the fun on Saturday evening at “Opticians After Dark” for some pizza, karaoke, and lots of camaraderie! Finalize your plans to attend and register at now.

POF’s Annual Meeting is held during Summer Showcase which means it’s time to have our election of officers for the POF Board of Directors. Your lobbyist Nancy Stewart will once again be on hand to swear in the new board members. If re-elected, I will be honored to serve as your President for another year. I highly encourage all POF members to be part of this process and to become active with your local chapters. Your participation and involvement is vital to keeping POF the premier state organization in the nation.

As a reminder, our Continuing Education biennium ends in December, which means it is crunch time for any Optician that hasn’t met their 20-hour CE requirement. The good news is that POF is providing numerous opportunities throughout the state to help you obtain the education you need. Check out the upcoming Chapter Education events and support your local chapters.

See you at Summer Showcase!


Jerry W. Campbell, LDO, ABOC, NCLEC
Board Certified Optician

Membership / Become a Part of POF

As the only association in Florida dedicated to protecting the value and viability of your Opticianry license, Professional Opticians of Florida has worked tirelessly for over 50 years.

We strive to enhance your professional life by:

    • Providing top-quality continuing education.
    • Monitoring and influencing legislative & agency issues impacting opticians.
    • Maintaining its own Political Action Committee, Opticians for Better Vision
    • Maintaining a Legislative Defense Fund

We challenge you to invest in your future and become a partner with the only association that multiplies your investment many times over.

POF Member Levels:

A Professional Member - $165

-Florida Licensed Optician

Affiliate Member - $75

-Supplier to Members & Not  Florida Licensed

Associate Member - $85

-Certified by ABO, NCLE, COA, COT, and not Florida licensed

Future Optician: Apprentice - $45

-Must be enrolled in Apprentice Program with an active DA number assigned

Future Optician: Student - $10

- Currently Enrolled in an Opticianry Program as a student

Gold Professional Member - $650

- 5 Year Professional Subscription

Luxottica Associate Membership

-Direct bill program for full and part time Luxottica associates to have membership dues payment paid by Luxottica.

Retired Optician Member - $65

-Florida Licensed Optician & Over 67 years old and not working for pay.

Join POF Now

Executive Board Members 



Jerry Campbell

1982 S US Hwy 1 Suite 101
Rockledge, FL 32955
321-636-7200 (work)
321-243-7928 (cell) 



Vice President


Atala Valdes

14824 Redcliff Drive
Tampa, FL 33625
813-616-0384 (cell)
813-443-2138 (work)





Vince Cottone

5554 Norde Drive W
Jacksonville, FL 32244
904-613-3703 (cell)



Wes Stuart

2110 Meadow Glen Cove #122
Winter Springs, FL 32792
601-606-4178 (cell)


Immediate Past President

David Couch

13602 N. 46th Street
Tampa, FL 33613
813-205-3532 (cell)
813-972-3536 (work)
813-971-7437 (fax)


POF Board of Directors

Central Florida Chapter

Wesley Stuart

2110 Meadow Glen Cove #122
Winter Springs, FL 32792
601-606-4178 (cell)  


Ft. Lauderdale Chapter

Walter Goldberg

10808 Morningstar Drive
Hollywood, FL 33026
954-536-2325 (cell)
954-438-5040 (fax)


Gulf Coast Chapter

Torri Martin

925 N Entrada Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33919
239-770-4495 (home)
239-267-2946 (fax)


Gulf Coast Chapter

Pamela Palmer

9400 Marino Circle #107
Naples, FL 34114


Jacksonville Chapter 

Vince Cottone
5554 Norde Drive W
Jacksonville, FL 32244
904-613-3703 (cell)


Manasota Chapter

Yvonne Schloss
 343 St. Armands Circle
 Sarasota, FL 34236
 941-388-5115 (home)


Miami Chapter

Raymond Castro

11200 SW 8th Street PG Ste 160

Miami, FL 33199

305-342-3164 (cell)


Palm Beach Chapter


Sarah Barry
6219 SE Georgetown Place
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
772-349-4759 (cell)
561-799-3932 (work)




    Pensacola Chapter

      Keaton Fox

    209 Sprague Dr
    Pensacola, FL 32534
    850-324-8168 (cell)

       Space Coast Chapter

        Jerry Campbell

      1982 S. US Hwy 1, Suite 101
      Rockledge, FL 32955
      321-636-7200 (work)
      321-243-7928 (cell)

         Space Coast Chapter

          Mary Dennison

       1982 S. US Hwy 1, Suite 101
       Rockledge, FL 32955
       321-636-7200 (work)
       321-213-3221 (cell)

           Space Coast Chapter

           Jeanne Parker

        2662 Lowell Circle
        Melbourne, FL 32935
        407-443-4775 (cell)


          West Coast Chapter

              Ward Delbridge-Moiles

          6957 16th Terrace N #574
          St. Petersburg, FL 33710


          Future Optician Representative

               Luke Mills

          PO Box 15795
          Fernandina Beach, FL  
          678-499-6731 (cell)



The 2017 - 2018 Continuing Education Requirements for Florida Opticians*

Florida Opticians are required to attend 20 hours of continuing education every two years to renew their license. The current biennium started January 1, 2017 and will end December 31, 2018. The updated continuing education requirements for this biennium are as follows:

A. Laws & Rules: Two (2) hours must be on Florida laws & administrative rules governing the profession.

B. Technical: At least eleven (11) hours shall be directly relating to the technical profession of Opticianry (i.e., dispensing, contact lens, etc.). Board Certified Opticians shall receive at least four (4) hours in contact lens theory and practice.

C. Reduction of Medical Errors: Two (2) hours on and shall include a study of root-cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety.

D. Electives: Five (5) hours may be on any of the listed topic (A, B, or E) or may be in a management, sales, stress management, risk management, or marketing related topic. 

E. AIDS/HIV: One (1) hour AIDS/HIV training will now only be required for newly licensed opticians during their initial renewal that CEs are required.


*This is a summary only as of July 2017.  Please consult rule 64B12-15.003 of the Florida Administrative Code, Standards For Continuing Education. For additional information, contact:

The Florida Board of Opticianry
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258
Phone (850) 245-4474
Web site or Florida Licensure

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