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1 hour $14.97

Art of Dispensing - v2017-2018

The purpose of this one hour Technical course is to teach the most important duties of an optician, that the eyeglasses look, fit and feel satisfying to the patient. These dispensing attributes are known as the three Fs Form, Fit and Fashion.
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.
Instructor: Phernell Walker, II, NCLEC, ABOM

1 hour $14.97

Casting Call - Wanted: The Best Lens Material for Lens Prescriptions Everywhere - v2017-2018

What if you could choose lens materials for each patient by having the lens materials audition for their part in the eyewear? They?d have to really sing and dance to get the part. In each case, you?d be able to have them describe their talent, the reason they are best for this part and how they could make their wearer smile and enjoy their performance. If choosing lenses were a movie, no doubt the material would be the star, but we all know stars who have made bad movies because they had a poor script or the wrong supporting cast. Ever put the wrong material in a frame and the lenses were thicker than you expected? The patient wasn?t too pleased either. So to make thinner and lighter lens materials center stage and be able to choose the best cast, let?s meet those auditioning. Let?s let them tell us how they would form the best foundation for a particular patient?s needs and the lens prescriptions they wear.

1 hour $14.97

Contact Lens Instruments v2017-2018

Gas permeable lenses are an important part of many contact lens practices. Fitters love the ability to control and verify the parameters of these lenses for their patients. Knowing which instruments are important to have, as well as their function and how to use them is valuable information for the contact lens fitter. This article will outline the key instruments and what you need know about them to use them successfully in your office.

1 hour $14.97

GP Multifocal Primer v2017-2018

Fitting multifocal GP lenses can be a rewarding experience for you and your patients. Many people over the age of 40 desire to have good vision without glasses, but few are willing to step up and take on the challenge. Learning the pros and cons of each lens type, learning what lens designs would be best for each patient based upon their individual ocular measurements, choosing the best design and knowing how to adjust the fit to optimal results can make for happy patients that will send all their friends and colleagues to you. Utilizing your lab consultants and online materials is invaluable to your success. In addition, you may need to consider modified powers or mixing and matching designs to meet the specific needs of certain patients.

1 hour $14.97

HIV/AIDS Issues in the Optical Profession v2017-2018

This all NEW course addresses various concerns regarding transmission, prevention, occupational risk, and laws related to HIV/AIDS. The State of Florida, Board of Opticianry requires that newly licensed opticians complete one hour of HIV/AIDS education during their first renewal period that they are required to complete education. This course meets that requirement.
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.
All other opticians are welcome to take this course for one hour of elective credit toward their license renewal.

1 hour $14.97

Lens Aberrations 2017-2018

The purpose of this one hour Technical course is to teach the latest methods that technology has to eliminate lens aberrations including substrate technology, surfacing techniques, lens treatments and fitting angles to eliminate lens aberrations making them a thing of the past.
Instructor: Phernell Walker, II, NCLEC, ABOM
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

1 hour $14.97

New Active Progressive Lens Wearers: Understanding Technologies and Fitting Techniques -v2017-2018

Presbyopia... An optical problem you don’t want to keep at arm’s length...
Today’s presbyopic market is booming, and optical opportunities for growth will folloThis course outlines progressive lens design parameters and how technology has impacted lens design opportunities. Upon identifying the onset of presbyopia, we will begin with introducing and identifying PAL design parameters including but not limited to mono/multi, symmetric/asymmetric and others. Matching optical problems with appropriate solutions will be included as well as identifying excessive cylinder/unwanted surface astigmatic error and their ratios to add powers. Fitting considerations and helpful fitting/dispensing tips are also included.
Instructor: Laurie Pierce, LDO, ABOM
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.
PASSING SCORES FOR THIS COURSE WILL UPLOADED NEXT ON NOVEMBER 15, 2014

1 hour $14.97

Ocular Anatomy & Physiology v2017-2018

The human eye is one of the most amazing and complex organs in the human body.
Instructor: Phernell Walker, II, NCLC, ABOM
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

1 hour $14.97

Optical Solutions for Computer Vision Syndrome v2017-2018

With more and more customers needing multifocals, and more and more people using computers, the optical dispenser must have a knowledge of Computer Vision Syndrome also known as (CVS) and how to help their customers with modern lens designs.
PASSING SCORES FOR THIS COURSE WILL UPLOADED NEXT ON NOVEMBER 15, 2014
Instructor: Debra R. White, MSEd, ABOM, FCLSA
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

1 hour $14.97

Prescribe, Outdoor Eyewears Call to Action v2017-2018

The purpose of this one hour Technical course is to assist participants in understanding that recommendations for outdoor eyewear do not go far enough and prescribing is a new mindset.
The authors of this course are Dr. John Lahr, O.D., FAAO, Vice President of Provider Relations
and Medical Director, EyeMed Vision Care & Mark Mattison-Shupnick, B.S., ABOM, Director of Education, Jobson Medical Information, LLC

1 hour $14.97

Present, Making Outdoor Eyewear Understood v2017-2018

The purpose of this one hour Technical course is to provide attendees with an understanding of the component parts of a preventive discussion while being able to clearly communicate and merchandise outdoor eyewear to patients.
The authors of this course are Dr. John Lahr, O.D., FAAO, Vice President of Provider Relations
and Medical Director, EyeMed Vision Care, Mark Mattison-Shupnick, B.S., ABOM, Director of Education, Jobson Medical Information, LLC and Gail Israel, ABOC, Field Sales Trainer and Regional Sales Manager, Luxottica.
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

1 hour $14.97

Protect, The Reason for Outdoor Eyewear - v2017-2018

The purpose of this one hour Technical course is to provide information to professional opticians on the most up-to-date effects of sunlight and radiation on the eye and adnexa.
The authors of this course are Dr. John Lahr, O.D., FAAO, Vice President of Provider Relations and Medical Director, EyeMed Vision Care & Mark Mattison-Shupnick, B.S., ABOM, Director of Education, Jobson Medical Information, LLC.
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

2 hours $29.94

Reduction of Medical Errors - v2017-2018

This two hour Reduction of Medical Errors course looks at the common causes and costs associated with medical errors, and identify the ways to avoid future errors.
Successful completion of this course the State of Florida's educational requirement for Reduction of Medical Errors by healthcare providers.
Instructor: Laurie Pierce, LDO, ABOM
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

2 hours $29.94

Reduction of Medical Errors for Optical Professionals VIDEO VERSION - v2017-2018

This lively and entertaining video presentation of Reduction of Medical Errors for Licensed Opticians course looks at the common causes and costs associated with medical errors, and identify the ways to avoid future errors. Successful completion of this course the State of Florida's educational requirement of medical errors reduction training by healthcare providers.
Instructor: Laurie Pierce, LDO, ABOM
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

1 hour $14.97

Selling, It Is Really a Pain (Thank Goodness!) - v2017-2018

The purpose of this one hour Elective course is to teach the basics of selling eyewear including handling objections and getting the most from every sale.
Instructor: Robert C. Bell, Head Coach and President,
EyeCoach
PASSING SCORES FOR THIS COURSE WILL UPLOADED NEXT ON NOVEMBER 15, 2014
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

1 hour $14.97

Slit Lamp 101 v2017-2018

This article describes the importance of developing a routine for using the slit lamp biomicroscope. A sample pre-fitting slit lamp exam is presented step-by-step, encouraging novices to use these basic principles to develop routines that fulfill their own needs in pre-fitting, diagnostic fitting, delivery and follow-up slit lamp exams. Experienced fitters who are training novices will also find this article helpful.

1 hour $14.97

Soft Lens Fitting 101 v2017-2018

Soft contact lens modalities and materials have continued to evolve over the years in order to offer a variety of contact lens options for the patient. This article provides information about the indications and contraindications of soft lenses, objective findings during the patient evaluation, guidelines for determining proper lens parameter selection and the potential problems found during follow-up visits.

1 hour $14.97

Sunwear and Polarized Lenses - v2017-2018

Use this CE course to better understand the sunwear opportunity and, more specifically, the advantages that polarized lenses provide to patients and your practice. Proper presentation of sunwear options and benefits improves patient satisfaction and loyalty while improving your reputation as a total eyecare provider.
Instructor: David Rips, Younger Optics
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

1 hour $14.97

The Dark Side of Ultraviolet and Blue Light - v2017-2018

You will learn the serious risks to ocular health that UVA and UVB pose and the various methods of applying UV filters and the affect that tints make in light transmission.
Instructor: Phernell Walker, II, NCLC, ABOM
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

1 hour $14.97

The Optics of Free-Form Progressive Lenses - v2014/2015 - v2017-2018

Free-form surfacing also referred to as direct or digital surfacing refers to a process that is capable of producing complex surface shapes, including aspheric, atoric and even progressive addition surfaces. A typical process begins by generating the lens surface using a three-axis, computer numerically controlled (or CNC) generator. With three possible axes of movement, single-point cutting tools can produce virtually any lens surface shape with a high degree of accuracy and smoothness. The worked lens surface is then polished to a high luster using a flexible polishing pad that is also dynamically controlled by a computer.
Instructor: Darryl Meister, Certified Master Optician and technical marketing manager for Carl Zeiss Vision
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

1 hour $14.97

The Other Side of Free-Form -v2017-2018

There’s much more to “free-form” (FF) than just the progressive lenses that you have begun to use. Free-form is a process that is used to manufacture wide varieties of lenses: single vision,aspherics, atorics, bifocals and specialty lenses in addition to progressives.
Instructor: By Michael Walach, president and founder of Quest Optical Specialty Lab in Largo, Fla.
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

1 hour $14.97

Toric Soft Lens Fitting v2017-2018

It's not uncommon to hear patients say to a contact lens professional, "I can't wear soft contact lenses because I have astigmatism." The good news is that excellent soft toric lenses have existed for a number of years. The bad news is that patients, and even some contact lens professionals, are unaware of how successfully they can correct astigmatism. Not only do good toric lenses exist, good disposable toric lenses exist. This course will help attendees better understand these lenses so they can share the good news with their patients.

1 hour $14.97

Use of Contact Lenses in the Visual Correction of Keratoconus - v2017-2018

Keratoconus is an ocular disorder characterized by progressive corneal thinning and other corneal sequelae, in which the cornea assumes an irregular conical shape. It can be classified according to degree of conicity and characterized morphologically by the shape of the cone.
Instructor: Alex Cannella, RN, FCLSA
Florida approved. Not submitted for ABO/NCLE approval.

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Anytime Courses

You can earn up to five educational hours to renew your license online right now with many different CE hours available to choose from, there is something for everyone

All online continuing education courses are one hour unless noted otherwise.

Technical: Dispensing

  • New Active Progressive Lens Wearers: Understanding Technologies Fitting Techniques
  • Optical Solutions for Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Sunwear & Polarized Lenses
  • Casting Call Wanted:The Best Lens Material For Lens Prescriptions Everywhere
  • The Other Side Of Free-Form
  • The Optics Of Free-Form Progressive Lenses
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Art of Dispensing
  • Lens Aberrations
  • Prescribe, Outdoor Eyewear's Call to Action
  • Present, Making Outdoor Eyewear Understood
  • Protect, The Reason for Outdoor Eyewear
  • The Dark Side of Ultraviolet and Blue Light

Technical: Contact Lens

  • Use Of Contact Lenses In The Visual Correction of Keratoconus
  • Contact Lens Instruments
  • GP Multifocal Primer
  • Slit Lamp 101
  • Soft Lens Fitting 101
  • Toric Soft Lens Fitting
  • Use of Contact Lenses in the Visual Correction of Keratoconus

Medical Errors and HIV & AIDS Training

  • Reduction of Medical Errors (2 hours) NOW ALSO AVAILABLE ON VIDEO
  • AIDS/HIV Issues in the Optical Profession

Electives

  • Selling, It Is Really a Pain (Thank Goodness!)