Again for OpticalCEUs!!!
Scores of opticians from four corners of the Northeast descended on Mashantucket, CT, for the annual OpticalCEUs seminar. They met in the lavish Premier Ballroom of the Fox Tower Hotel and Casino on the Foxwoods campus. After a day of a fine breakfast, wonderful hot lunch of choice, and listening to nationally recognized speakers, they left Mashantucket with seven ABO/NCLE credits that they could apply to the licenses in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York.
They learned how to create a great experience for your patients, explored the applications for rigid gas permeable contact lenses, examined the pros and cons of new soft contact lenses, and learned about the impact of nutrition on the eye and vision. (OpticalCEUs seminars have always been approved by the licensing boards of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The Opticians Alliance of New York is sponsoring credits for New York State opticians (ID 071317-071220.018).)
For over 15 years Linda, Managing Editor for 20/20 Magazine’s Pro to Pro, has provided continuing education and training for opticians at the state and national levels. She is ABO and NCLE certified, licensed in CT, MA and RI, and has written for 20/20 and EyeWitness magazines. She founded OpticalCEUs and launched OpticalCEU.com as an educational resource for opticians.
Deborah, the new Director of Education for 20/20 Magazine, creates and presents ABO, NCLE and JCAHPO seminars related to optics and best practices. A Massachusetts-licensed optician, she was the Education Facilitator for Vision-Ease, has owned two optical businesses and was a sales representative for MODO and Luxottica. Deborah has achieved ABOM and NCLE certifications.
Joe, the director of contact lens services for Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates, lectured at CUNY Tech, Vision Expo and Optifair. He received his Master in Contact Lens Technology (NCLEM), is certified as an Advanced Level speaker, and was program director of the Interboro Institute College of Opticianry where he taught courses in various areas of contact lenses and optics. Joe has been a Fellow of the CLSA since 1992.
The seven courses, which provided opticians with seven ABO/NCLE credits, covered the following subjects:
· Explore options in new blue filter lens technology
· Learn about medications that affect vision
· Understand the pros and cons of new soft contact lenses
· Understand and experience optical phenomena
The opticians also enjoyed a complimentary breakfast as well as OpticalCEUs renowned buffet lunch of soup, salads, pulled pork, and other offerings as well as a wonderful dessert bar.
2016 Succeeds Again!
As an optician with 49 years of experience, Connecticut optician Bruce Tooker had the opportunity to participate in mission trips to Haiti over the last 3 years that focused on providing free eye examinations and eyewear to villagers in and around Port-au-Prince. Tooker saw patients who were losing or had lost their sight because of cataracts. The villagers, on average, earn less than $2 a day, making basic of vision care unaffordable and surgery to correct cataracts impossible.
In cooperation with Medical Aid to Haiti, Inc. (MATH www.medicalaidtohaiti.org), Centre Medico-Chirurgical du Quartier (Neighborhood Medical-Surgical Clinic) and Société Haïtienne d'Ophtalmologie (Haitian Society of Ophthalmology) has created a program that will provide cataract surgery to needy patients. The cost for surgery is $120 per eye, and a donation of $300 includes surgery, transportation to and from the hospital, pre-op testing, and follow-up care.
Tooker is hoping that you will help 100 of the poorest in villages in and around Port-au-Prince to regain their vision. Your donation is tax deductible and your gift of sight will last a lifetime. Make checks payable to MATH Cataract Fund and mail to MATH Cataract Fund, c/o Medical Aid to Haiti, 80 S. Main St., W. Hartford, CT 06107.
Deborah Kotob Named Director of Education
In February of 2018, OpticalCEUs speaker Deborah Kotab was selected as the director of education for 20/20 magazine. Her duties include creating programs that furthers the magazine’s education mission for opticians.
OpticalCEUs founder and speaker Linda Conlin was named managing editor of the magazine’s Pro to Pro section in late 2017.
Linda and Deborah invite you to check out the latest issue at https://www.2020mag.com/. You can contact Linda (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up for Pro to Pro "Email Blasts".
Linda Conlin Named Managing Editor of "Pro to Pro" for 20/20 Also, as the new Managing Editor of Pro to Pro for 20/20 Magazine, Linda Conlin invites you to check out the latest issue at https://www.2020mag.com/
College's Ophthalmic Program Accredited
Conlin Speaking at CE Meeting for New Hampshire Opticians
Story of Vision Aired Oct. 13; The Story of Vision eBook
People will also be able to download the eBook or iBook also entitled The Story of Vision, produced by Mark Mattison-Shupnick, Jobson’s director of education and training content. Four articles by Linda Conlin appear in the book.
Joe Forte recently earned his NCLE Masters Certificate. The percussionist and the director of contact lens services for Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates, Greenwich, CT, has long served the education needs of opticians. He lectured at CUNY Tech, Vision Expo and Optifair. He is certified as an Advanced Level speaker. He was program director of the Interboro Institute College of Opticianry where he taught courses in various areas of contact lenses and optics. Joe has been a Fellow of the CLSA since 1992.
In order to attain this esteemed status, Joe had to do the following for NCLE examiners:
NCLE Master in Contact Lens Technology designation
demonstrates to the public and colleagues that an individual has
attained a superior level in Contact Lens Technology.... [And he
needed to satisfy the following conditions:]
Conlin Teaches in Goodwin
With the start of the Fall 2015 semester, Linda Conlin is teaching in the Ophthalmic Science Program at Goodwin College, E. Hartford.
two-year associate degree education tract enables individuals to
learn about opticianry. Working with a dedicated team of eye care
professionals, students learn to design, fit, and dispense
corrective eyeglass and contact lenses in the school's
state-of-the-art optical fabrication laboratory, contact lenses
laboratory, and training store. The program also prepares
students to sit for ABO's and NCLE's exams.
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