September 2018     

Summer Showcase in Daytona Beach was amazing … 600 plus attendees and 50 plus hours of great education! Laurie Pierce and Luke Mills with their super fun eyewear fashion show was not to be missed! Fun was had by all at Opticians After Dark and we are really looking forward to Vince Cottone hosting karaoke once again at Vision Preview in Weston, FL.

As always, POF’s annual meeting was held during Summer Showcase and I am humbled to have been elected President of your organization for another year. I hope to lead our organization towards a new and fantastic future … better venues, great education and FUN while we all get our CE’s.

As you all well know, this year marks the end of our continuing education biennium. That means it is crunch time for any Optician that hasn’t met the 20-hour continuing education requirement. The great news is that, as always, POF is providing opportunities throughout the state to help you meet your CE requirements.

Our next major education event is Vision Preview 2018 – November 2, 3 & 4 at

Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, FL. Don’t delay in making your plans to attend this top-notch education! Registration is open now … go to to register.  

Always be sure to check out your local chapter’s upcoming education. The volunteers that make these local events happen are extremely grateful for any help you can provide. I highly encourage all POF members to be part of the process and be active with your local chapter. POF members being involved in the process is vital to keeping our organization the premier state organization in the nation.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Weston in November!



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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