CE Calendar/Events

Upcoming POF events

    • January 06, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • February 04, 2020
    • 9:00 PM
    • Online Webinar

    *Online Registration is Closed*

    There is still availability Call POF at 850-201-2622

    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

    January 6

    January 13

    January 20

    January 27

    February 3

    February 4

    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


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    • January 08, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • February 06, 2020
    • 9:00 PM
    • Online Webinar


    *Online Registration is Closed*

    There is still availability Call POF at 850-201-2622


    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

    January 8

    January 15

    January 23

    January 29

    February 5

    February 6

    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

    • February 28, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (CST)
    • March 01, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (CST)
    • The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL, 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: (850) 243-9161
    Register

    This February 28, 29 & March 1,  Spring Spectacle will be hosted at The Island, by Hotel RL.  You can Book Reservations Online  or call the resort's reservations department at 850-337-9194  by January 31, 2020  to reserve a POF-discounted guestroom at the reduced rates starting at $99. 

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

    • Only POF offers the State of Florida mandated courses on multiple days

    • Apprentice/Sponsor Orientation & Hands-on Frame Fitting Workshop available

    • Visit International Optical Vendors & Suppliers at Spring Spectacle

    • Attend and support your profession 

    Full Details on Spring Spectacle 2020


    • June 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • June 07, 2020
    • 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 Safety Harbor Resort & Spa for another Professional Opticians of Florida

    exceptional education weekend. Earn all 20 required hours of education from highly respected practitioners and recognized industry leaders.

    You can look forward to multiple educational options every hour so that you can choose the topics and a schedule that fit your needs. There will be six hours available on Friday, eight on Saturday and six on Sunday.  We have scheduled a full, education-packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians, and Student Opticians. 


    For Full Details on the Conference


    Schedule at a Glance


    Friday, June 5th -  Six hours of CE available

    10:00am    Registration Desk Opens

    12:00 n       CE Courses Start 

    6:00pm       Last CE course ends

    Saturday, June 6th -  Eight hours of CE available 

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am       CE Courses Start 

    11:45am     Lunch provided in Exhibit Area

    1:30pm       CE Courses Resume  

    5:30pm        Happy Hour in Exhibit Area

    Sunday, June 7th -  Six hours of CE available

    7:30am       Registration Desk Opens

    8:00am       CE Courses Start 

    2:00pm        Last CE course ends



    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    Phone: (727) 726-1161 ext 7100

    Driving Directions to Safety Harbor

    POF has negotiated a rate of $99 per night, no resort fee, free self parking and a 20% Spa discount for all attendees. Please use code POF/West Coast Better Vision.

    *Due to the popularity of this event's destination, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa sells out so please book early.

    Last day to book: Friday, May 8, 2020

    • June 05, 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • June 07, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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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

    Monday,  June 1:     6:30 - 9:30pm Live Online Webinar*

    Friday, June 5:       Noon - 5:00pm at West Coast Better Vision 2020, Classroom & Hands-on

    Saturday, June 6:   9:00 - 5:00pm at West Coast Better Vision 2020, Classroom & Hands-on

    Sunday, June 7:    9:00 - 2:00pm at West Coast Better Vision 2020, Classroom

    * The advance webinar on Monday night allows for the course to end Sunday at 2pm instead of at 5:00 pm.   



    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
    POF has established a hotel rate of $0 per night will be available to our group.


     

    Additional Information

    LOCATION: 


    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

    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

    Cut off for Reservations:

    May 8, 2020


    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

    *Book Early As Hotel Will Sell Out*

    • June 05, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • June 07, 2020
    • 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) and the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA)  have combined 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 28th  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

    Cut off for Reservations: May 8, 2020

    ·           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




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