August 2017     

Professional Opticians of Florida just wrapped up another spectacular event, Summer Showcase 2017, at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores. Each year at this event, POF holds the annual board meeting and election of officers for the Executive Board. I am extremely honored to have been elected as your President at this year’s meeting. I look forward to leading POF into the future and maintaining the organization’s reputation as a provider of top-quality education, dedicated to protecting and enhancing our licensure. None of this would be possible without you, the members of POF.

I’d like to thank David Couch for being an outstanding President, leader, inspiration, and role model for the Professional Opticians of Florida, the largest and most respected Opticians organization in the nation. David has worked tirelessly and volunteered countless hours during his three years as President of POF. He will continue to serve on the POF Board of Directors as Immediate Past President.

Our next education event is Vision Preview, October 27-29, 2017, this year at a new location. This event will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Miami Airport & Convention Center. Make your plans now to attend this awesome education. You can book reservations online or call the hotel's reservation department at 305-261-3800 or 1-888-353-1995 by October 6, 2017 to reserve a Deluxe Guestroom at the POF discounted rate of $139. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Warmest Regards,


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

Keeping you up-to-date on the latest developments in your profession through a quarterly journal, Focal Point.

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

NOTE: Please allow 1 - 2 weeks for the processing of your membership. A confirmation email containing your membership number will be sent to you immediately.

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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