from the Past
by Linda Conlin
Evaluation of OpticalCEUs Conferences
names Linda Conlin
of the Year.
are working to ensure opticians have information regarding
the impact of
COVID-19. Should you know
actions being taken by any health department in regards
email me at LindaConlin@opticalceu.com.
Renewal Until Feb. 9, 2021
Ned Lamont recently signed
the state’s emergency COVID response until
9, 2021, The original extension was to end in early
September. The governor said that the state of emergency must
remain so the state can respond effectively to the
unprecedented and ongoing global pandemic.
this means for license renewal?: This
is the explanation from the Department of Public Health:
license will not expire during the COVID-19 civil
preparedness emergency. You will be able to renew your
license any time now and
during the six-month period following the date of the
resumption of renewal requirements." For
information, go to www.ct.gov/coronavirus,
Emergency Orders and News Releases. For questions,
Health Department Warns
Connecticut Department of Public recently sent out the
following email regarding a “phishing” scam
directed at individuals with licenses issued by the
Department of Public Health has been notified that there is a
“phishing” email making its way through
Connecticut, targeting license holders with the State of
Connecticut. The email appears to be from the state (though
it is not), and asks credential holders to follow a link to a
web page that looks like the state’s eLicense system.
There they are asked to validate their license by entering
personal information, such as name, address, social security
number and date of birth.
To protect your
personal information, please do not provide any information
without ensuring that you are at the legitimate site, which
and requires a login to update personal information.
If you received the referenced email and believe your
information may have been compromised, please visit the FTC’s
web site with advice on preventing and dealing with identity
to a Fellow Optician!!!
befell long-time Connecticut optician Matthew Marci. The
Monday after Mother’s Day, his mother and sister were
killed in their Windsor home. It has been called a murder.
reported: “[Matthew Marci]
the money raised through a GoFundMe
fundraiser will pay the women’s ‘final
expenses,’ which ‘includes having their house
professionally cleaned from this horrific attack.’”
estimates that the cleaning bill will run about $20,000. He
set up the page on May 13, and by May 20 or so, friends,
neighbors, and colleagues contributed enough to cover the
cleaning and “final” expenses.
condolences go out to Matt and the extended Marci family.
COVID-19 Prevention Checklist
Island has prepared a checklist for businesses opening up
in the next few days. It offers great tips and a poster to
display for customers.
and NCLE Instituted At-Home Exams
these times of Covid-19 and social distancing,
ABO and NCLE have
temporarily made the Remote Proctored Examinations (RPE)
available for specific exams. Certification candidates now
can take certain exams in-person or at-home. RPE exams (the
at-home versions) include ABO Basic, NCLE Basic, ABO
Advanced, and NCLE Advanced. The associations also are
pilot-testing RPE versions of the ABO Practical and NCLE
Practical exams. Should the results of the pilot programs
come out as expected, ABO and NCLE will make these exams
available under the RPE program.
associations also expanded the May testing window for both
the in-person and at-home examinations through July 31, 2020,
with no late fees incurred for any of the May examinations!
You Register for the At-Home Exam
contact their state licensing authority to find out if it
will accept the results from the at-home exam. Currently,
Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Washington have met and
approved the use of this Remote Proctored Examination.Do
not register for the at-home exam until the state’s
licensing authority has approved this exam.
Temporary Licensing Procedures
is extending the registration of professional licenses “until
90 days following the termination of the [current] state of
emergency.” The ruling applies to licensed opticians.
For more detailed information about the extension, go to
Exam for Opticians
Department of Public Health has postponed administration of
the Optician Practical exams tentatively scheduled during the
weeks of June 16 – 25.
see how the situation with the COVID-19 evolves,
any future date might be determined.
Postpones Seminar ‘Til Fall
of concern for the health and safety of attendees and in
conformity to CDC recommendations regarding group meetings
during the COVID-19 outbreak, the May 17 OpticalCEUs
Continuing Education Seminar at Foxwoods will be postponed
until the fall.
credits: If you need credits for license renewal prior to
September, the following states accept online ABO/NCLE
approved credits: Massachusetts, New Hampshire (3
credits), Rhode Island, Vermont (2 credits), Connecticut is
considering a waiver of the continuing education requirement,
but it is not official.
of State Licensing Boards: Contact your state licensing
board for more information:
appreciate your support of OpticalCEUs seminars and look
forward to seeing you in the fall. Should my contacts in the
Connecticut health department get me more information, I will
post it here. Remember, though, these individuals are
extremely busy dealing with the effects of the COVID-19
outbreak, so it may take time for them to get back to me.
safe, wash your hands, and stay well,
Draws One of Its Largest Seminars
than 12 dozen opticians from the New England area celebrated
in the Grand Pequot Ballroom, Foxwoods Resort and Casino on
Sunday, October 27. There were awards recognizing those
opticians who have attended the seminars since they began in
1999. There were cookies, cake, and a wonderful buffet.
That’s not to mention the seven ABO/NCLE accredited
courses that helped them learn how light, the eye and brain
work together to enable us to see, about the next Generation
of Transitions lenses, how refraction affects our work as
opticians. and about three microbes that can invade the eye.
Watch the first of the
two-part video at this YouTube site.
Accredited lecturers Linda Conlin,
Deborah Kotob, Joe Forte, and Herb Fletcher
will present seven courses enabling you to earn three ABO
and four NCLE credits.
1999, Linda, Managing Editor for 20/20 Magazine’s
Pro to Pro, launched OpticalCEUs as an educational
resource for opticians. She is ABO and NCLE certified,
licensed in CT, MA and RI, and was an adjunct instructor for
the Goodwin College Vision Care Technology Program.
the 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
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. Joe has been a Fellow of the CLSA
is a Transitions Brand Ambassador for Younger Optics.
A Connecticut licensed optician with 30 years of experience
including management, he is ABO and NCLE certified, and has
presented continuing education courses for ABO and state
associations and Optician and Optometry colleges around the
Celebrates Its 20th
with a 7-Credit Program
April 7, 2019, Joe
Forte, Deborah Kotab, and Linda
Conlin dazzled more than 130 opticians from Connecticut, New
York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. It has been two decades
since Linda Conlin launched Opticalceus’ first program,
attended by some 44 opticians.
honored those attendees who have been at all 20 programs. They
include Gerald Boss (who claims to be the oldest, living, working
optician), Calvin Harden, Angela Dunphy, Harry Celentano, Ronald
Kellie, Gary Murphy, and Edward Talaniec. Ron Kellie received an
award for the most dedicated of attendees. After receiving her
honor, Angela took the microphone from Linda: “I would like
to thank Linda for alternative, quality education.” All
attendees received a specially wrapped chocolate chip cookie with
registration as well as cake specially decorated by the chefs of
Foxwood Resorts. As always, conference attendees can enjoy a
delicious hot buffet lunch compliments of OpticalCEUs.
Morning Sessions will include Everything You Always Wanted to
Know About Lenses but Were Afraid to Ask, presented by Joe Forte
(1 ABO) 9am-10am; Visual Perception: From Photon to Neuron,
presented by Deborah Kotob (1 ABO pending) 10am-11am NEW!;
and Light Adaptation: Photopic, Mesopic, and Scotopic
Vision, presented by Deborah Kotob (1 ABO pending) 11am-Noon
Sessions will feature Rigid Contact Lenses for All Opticians,
presented by Joe Forte (1 NCLE) 1pm-2pm; Nutrition and
Vision Update, presented by Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 2pm-3pm;
Reflecting on Refraction, presented by Joe Forte (1 NCLE pending)
3pm-4pm !; and Anatomy and Diseases of the Eye, presented
by Joe Forte (1 NCLE pending) 4pm-5pm NEW!