CE Calendar/Events

Upcoming POF events

    • February 06, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dunkin Donuts, Meeting Room, 4525 W. New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32904
    • 8
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    SPACE COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS

    3 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

    FEBRUARY 6, 2022


    Dunkin Donuts, Meeting Room

    4525 W. New Haven Ave

    Melbourne, FL 32904


    8:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.  - Laws & Rules (Initial)

    Wes Stuart, LDO- Two (2) Hours Laws & Rules


    10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. - Introduction to Scleral Lenses

    Wes Stuart, LDO - One (1) Hours Technical: Contact Lens


    *Masks are optional*

    Members - $35.00         

    Non members - $45.00 + $20.00 per hour of education taken

    (CE Provider #50-1645)

    • February 23, 2022
    • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hillsborough Community College - Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33614
    • 27
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    WEST COAST CHAPTER PRESENTS

    2 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

    Drive-in Style

    February 23, 2022


    HCC Dale Mabry Campus

    4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd

    Tampa, FL 33614

    Allied Health Science Bldg.


    Sponsored by:



    * Bring chairs for a tailgate experience

    * Includes Dinner

    * Space is limited!  Register early!!


    6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. - Registration & Parking

    6:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  - Welcome & Meal Delivery to Car 

    7:00 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. - Optical College Bowl

    Technical Dispensing - Associate Professor Laurie Pierce

    8:00 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.  - Troubleshoot & Fix Common Progressive Adaptation Issues

    Technical Dispensing - Carole Bratteig, LDO


    Members - $30.00         

    Non members - $30.00 + $20.00 per hour of education

    (CE Provider #50-1645)

    • February 28, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • March 28, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • Online Webinar
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    March 21

    ABO Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series:

    Professional Opticians of Florida is pleased to offer the ABO Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series.  This ABO Basic Certification Webinar Series consists of 6 - (2) hour sessions instructed by, Thomas Neff, an HCC Opticianry program instructor.  Your instructor will help you prepare for the ABO exam by teaching appropriate materials and answering any questions  in advance of your exam.

    ABO Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series

    February 28

    March 7

    March 14

    March 21

    March 23

    March 28

    Webinar Hours: 7 - 9pm

    This review course covers the core areas of knowledge to assist in preparation for the ABO Basic Certification Exam.  Topics reviewed include:


    I. Ophthalmic Optics

    • Terminology
    • Lens characteristics, powers and formulas
    • Multifocals
    • Lens Materials
    • Prism

    II. Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

    • Structure of the eye and function
    • Refractive errors

    III. Ophthalmic Products

    • Lenses & Frames
    • Applying produce Knowledge
    • Verifying frame and lens parameters

    IV. Instrumentation

    • Use of lens power devices
    • Select ophthalmic tool, instruments, and equipment
    • Use and maintain ophthalmic tool, instruments, and equipment

    V. Dispensing Procedure

    • Visual needs for lifestyle and occupational activities
    • Fitting, adjusting, measuring, and verification

    VI. Laws, Regulations, and Standards


    For more information on the ABO/NCLE Basic Certification Exam Reviews


    Click Here


    • March 01, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • March 29, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • Online Webinar
    Register


    NCLE Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series:

    Professional Opticians of Florida is pleased to offer the NCLE Exam Review Webinar Series.  This NCLE webinar series consists of 6 - (2) hour sessions instructed by, Thomas Neff, an HCC Opticianry program instructor.  Your instructor will help you prepare for the NCLE exam by teaching appropriate materials and answering any questions  in advance of your exam.


    NCLE Basic Certification Exam Review Webinar Series

    March 1

    March 8

    March 15

    March 22

    March 24

    March 29

    Webinar Hours: 7 - 9pm

    This course will prepare the candidate for the NCLE Basic Certification Examination.

    Topics will include:


    Domain I -

    • Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the eye as it pertains to contact lens wear and

    Domain II -

    • Refractive errors regarding ametropias and optical conditions related to contact lenses.

    Domain III -

    • Pre-fitting techniques will be discussed to evaluate the relationship between the corneal readings and the refractive error to identify the possible need for specialty materials and designs.

    Domain V and VI –

    • Will discuss the diagnostic fitting and dispensing of both soft and rigid lenses, including aftercare, wearing schedules and patient hygiene.
    • This Domain will also include the use of instruments, tests and evaluation procedures.

    Domain VII –

    • Will discuss follow-up and problem solving protocol as it relates to normal and abnormal symptoms and

    Domain VIII –

    • Will discuss the legal aspects of contact lenses and tolerance standards utilized in contact lens fitting.

    For more information on the NCLE/ABO Exam Review

    • March 04, 2022
    • 10:00 AM (CST)
    • March 06, 2022
    • 3:00 PM (CST)
    • The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL, 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: (850) 337-9194
    Register

     Spring Spectacle will be hosted at the beautiful Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL.  

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

    • Low Hotel Room Rates at the The Island, Ft Walton/ Destin by Hotel RL.  Starting as low as $110 per night, Resort fee waived, free parking and Wi-Fi. Must book room by February 2, 2022

    • Spring Spectacle  offers you the best in Optical Education available anywhere.

    Full Details on Spring Spectacle 2022



    • April 19, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Webinar-Online
    Register

    All Florida Apprentices are required to attend an approved two-hour Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation course within one year of registering for their program. This webinar will fulfill your orientation course requirement and it includes the latest requirements, current deadlines, new exam updates and educational options for Apprentices.

    A limited number of spaces are available during the webinar, and they will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. Sponsors of Apprentices can participate on the space available basis, however, this webinar will NOT be available for CE credit to Florida Opticians.

    This webinar is FREE to all Future Optician Members of POF and the standard rate of only $29 for Apprentices that are not members of POF. Join POF as a Future Optician Member for only $45 a year for the many benefits, including this Webinar. 

    Join POF


    • May 20, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 22, 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 North Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
    Register

    We are looking forward to seeing you and your colleagues at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa for West Coast Better Vision 2022.

    You can look forward to multiple educational options every hour so that you can choose the topics and a schedule that fit your needs. We have scheduled a full, education-packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians, and Student Opticians.


    For Full Details on West Coast Better Vision Click Here 


    Schedule at a Glance


    Friday, May 20, 2022

    10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

    Saturday, May 21, 2022 

    7:30 am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00 am CE Courses Start 

    11:45 am Lunch & Trade Show

    Once education ends on Saturday, please join us for Happy Hour in the Trade Show followed by Rock with the Doc and The Pupils 

    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    7:30am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am CE Courses Start 


    For the West Coast Better Vision Education Schedule Click Here 


    Driving Directions to Safety Harbor



    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    Phone: (727) 726-1161  x7100 (9-5pm daily)

    Provide Group Name:  POF / West Coast Better Vision Group or #39O5FC

    Cut off for Reservations: April 19, 2022

    Rooms are $103.00 per night

    Complimentary Wi-Fi 

    $10.00 Valet Parking, $6.00 Daily Parking, Complimentary Self Parking





    • May 20, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • May 22, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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    Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program

    POF's  32 hours of training in Contact Lenses meets and exceeds the Apprenticeship Requirements and Training Program for an Apprentice with a sponsor that is not Board Certified. (FL Admin Rule 64B12-16.003)

    Professional Opticians of Florida (POF)  has formulated 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 in Safety Harbor at POF’s  West Coast Better Vision 2020 Event

    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. 


    Be sure to register for the Certificate program now and complete the 13 hours of training online in Part 1 before Thursday, May 19th, 2022  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.



     MORE on the Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program


    105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    Phone: (727) 726-1161 ext 7100

    Provide Group Name POF/West Coast Better Vision when making your Reservation

    $103/ night

    Cut off for Reservations: April 19, 2022

    ·           Only 8 Miles from the Majestic Sands of Clearwater Beach

    ·         15 Minutes to St. Petersburg/ Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

    ·         Just 20 Minutes from Tampa International Airport (TPA)

    ·         Hotel rooms only $99/night

    ·         No Resort fees




    • May 20, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • May 22, 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • West Coast Better Vision 2022, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 North Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
    • 24
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    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

    Tuesday, May 16:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

    Friday,  May 20:       Noon - 5:00pm at West Coast Better Vision, Classroom & Hands-on

    Saturday,  May 21:   9:00 - 5:00pm at West Coast Better Vision, Classroom & Hands-on

    Sunday, May 22:    9:00 - 2:00pm at West Coast Better Vision, Classroom

      



    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

     

    Additional Information

    LOCATION: 

    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N. Bayshore Dr

    Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    Phone: (727) 726-1161 x7100

    POF/West Coast Better Vision Group

    $103/per night

    *Free WiFi

    *No Resort Fee

    * Free Self Parking

    Last Day to Book: Friday, April 19, 2022

     



    • July 16, 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • July 17, 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa 105 N. Bayshore Dr Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (727) 726-1161
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    LIVE ABO/NCLE Basic Certification Exam Prep Courses:

    July 16 & 17, 2022

    POF, in conjunction with the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS), is pleased to offer ABO and NCLE live Basic Certification 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 Basic Certification Exam Prep Course

    July 16, 2022

    8:15 am Attendee check-in

    8:30 -12:00 pm Welcome & Instruction: Exam Review

    12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch on your own

    1:00 -3:25 pm Instruction: Exam Review

    3:25 -3:30 pm Evaluations, Wrap up & Thank you


    ABO Basic Certification Exam Prep Course

    July 17, 2022

    8:15 am Attendee check-in

    8:30 -12:00 pm Welcome & Instruction: Exam Review

    12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch on your own

    1:00 -3:25 pm Instruction: Exam Review

    3:25 -3:30 pm Evaluations, Wrap up & Thank you







    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N. Bayshore Dr

    Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    (727) 726-1161 x 7100


    HOTEL RESERVATIONS: A reduced room rate of $119 will be available to our group. You can make hotel reservations by calling (727) 726-1161 and advising the hotel you are with POF/ ABO & NCLE Review Group to receive the reduced rate. 


    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.

    • August 12, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • August 14, 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach 32118
    Register


    Your friends at Professional Opticians of Florida look forward to you joining us at Summer Showcase 2022  at The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort! We put together the best educational speakers in Opticianry for this weekend's event.


    For Full Details on  Summer Showcase Click Here


    Schedule at a Glance


    Friday, August 12th 

    10:00 am Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 pm CE Courses Start 

    Saturday, August 13th 

    7:30 am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00 am CE Courses Start 

    11:45 am Lunch & Trade Show

    Once education ends on Saturday, please join us for Happy Hour in the Trade Show followed by Rock with the Doc and The Pupils 

    Sunday, August 14th

    7:30am Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am CE Courses Start 


    For the  Summer Showcase Education Schedule Click Here

    The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

    100 N Atlantic Ave

    Daytona Beach, FL 32118

    (386) 254-8200

    Please call The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort toll free 386-254-8200 and ask for the Professional Opticians of Florida group rate of $143 per night, or click below to book online.  Please book before July 21,2022.  

    Hotel Booking Code: POF22



    • No Resort Fees
    • All Ocean view Rooms
    • WiFi in every room




    • September 20, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Webinar-Online
    Register

    All Florida Apprentices are required to attend an approved two-hour Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation course within one year of registering for their program. This webinar will fulfill your orientation course requirement and it includes the latest requirements, current deadlines, new exam updates and educational options for Apprentices.

    A limited number of spaces are available during the webinar, and they will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. Sponsors of Apprentices can participate on the space available basis, however, this webinar will NOT be available for CE credit to Florida Opticians.

    This webinar is FREE to all Future Optician Members of POF and the standard rate of only $29 for Apprentices that are not members of POF. Join POF as a Future Optician Member for only $45 a year for the many benefits, including this Webinar. 

    Join POF


    • November 18, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • November 20, 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 Phone: (954) 467-1111
    Register

    The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort



    This year's Vision Preview 2022 will be hosted at the beautiful Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

    Vision Preview  offers you the best Optical Education available anywhere, you can earn all 20 CE hours in one weekend for the renewal of your Florida license.

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

    • Vision Preview  offers you the best in Optical Education available anywhere.


    Full Details on Vision Preview 2022


    The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort


    HOTEL RESERVATIONS:  The Westin is pleased to offer POF guests a reduced room rate of $159 with no resort fees.


    For those staying at the hotel, overnight self-parking is reduced to $20 per day.  Daily self-parking is reduced to $10 per day.

    Please use the link below to make your hotel reservations or call the hotel at 1-888-627-7108 and advise the hotel representative that you are with the Vision Preview 2022 group in order to receive the reduced rate.  Please book your room by Oct 17, 2022.

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    • November 19, 2022
    • 11:45 AM - 7:00 PM
    • The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
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    Exhibit Booths at Vision Preview 2022


    Exhibit booth fee includes a 8' by 10' booth.  1 sign and representative name badges per show.  Electricity is NOT included . 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 10:00 pm that evening.

    Exhibit times are Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


    Click here to download the 2022 POF Exhibitor Agreement.


    The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort


    HOTEL RESERVATIONS: A reduced room rate of $159.00, Self parking is $20per overnight and $10 per day plus tax. You can make hotel reservations by calling (888) 627-7108  and advising the hotel you are with the Vision Preview 2022 Group  to receive the reduced rate or click below to book online by October 17, 2022.

    Book Hotel Now

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