OpticalCEUs Annual Fall
Comes to the Grand Pequot,
Foxwoods, Sunday, Oct. 23
Seats are going fast, call 203-366-5991 to register.
(Online is registration is closed.)

Goodwin College's Ophthalmic Program Accredited

At the October 2, 2016 meeting, the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) approved accreditation for Goodwin College’s Ophthalmic Science Program. The program was found to be in compliance with the Essentials of an Accredited Educational Program for Opticianry. The accreditation lasts for two years. This accreditation classification will be in effect retroactive to May 25, 2016 and expiring May 24, 2018. The accreditation status will include all graduates of the program in 2016.  This accreditation status will be extended to 6 years when the program is able to demonstrate full compliance with the remaining potential/non-compliant sections of the Essentials. This is standard for newly accredited programs.The commissioners said that they are honored to list the Ophthalmic Science Program at Goodwin College among its accredited programs.

Linda Conlin Speaking at CE Meeting for New Hampshire Opticians

Linda Conlin will speak at the annual New Hampshire Opticians Conference. The conference will be held on Oct. 16 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concorde, NH. She will have presentations on keratonus, the cornea, malpractice, complications associated with grading contact lenses.

The Story of Vision Airs Oct. 13; The Story of Vision eBook Follows

A one-hour documentary produced for PBS broadcast and distribution. The story’s threads will weave the tale of the journey of humanity that discovered the science; technology and medicine that allows us to understand how sight works, cure diseases of the eye and correct vision. Efforts will be made to make this a co-production with international partners like BBC, NHK, ABC (Australia) and other international broadcasters."For more information, click.

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.

OpticalCEU Speaker Joe Forte Earns His NCLE Masters

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:

The 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:]

Currently a Fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA), or

Have written two published NCLE-approved Advanced Level III articles, or

An NCLE-approved Speaker with two NCLE-approved Advanced Level III Courses, or

Have one published NCLE-approved Advanced Level III article AND one NCLE-approved Advanced Level III Course for which you are the NCLE-approved Speaker

Linda Conlin Teaches in Goodwin
College's Ophthalmic Science Program

With the start of the Fall 2015 semester, Linda Conlin is teaching in the Ophthalmic Science Program at Goodwin College, E. Hartford.

The 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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Attendee Evaluation of OpticalCEU's Conferences

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NAO names Linda Conlin
of OpticalCEUs
Ambassador of the Year.

Seats are just about gone. Call to register for OpticalCEUs Annual Fall Conference for continuing education. The number is 203-366-5591. (Online registration is closed.)

Pick up the latest ideas in the field - from lens technology to reduce blue light exposure to contact lens fitting for irregular corneas. Earn your ABO/NCLE credits with 7 courses at the GRAND PEQUOT BALLROOM, Foxwoods Resort and Casino on Sunday, October 23rd.

They’ll help you:

  • Advise your patients about the effects of blue light exposure

  • Provide top-notch patient care with new technology for managing ocular allergies

  • Expand your knowledge of contact lens materials, treatments and their applications

  • As always, conference attendees can enjoy a delicious hot buffet lunch compliments of OpticalCEUs

    Register by phone (203-366-5991). Earn accreditation! Have some Foxwoods fun!

Morning Sessions

Afternoon Sessions

___ Just the Blue Light Facts, Ma’am! Speaker: Deborah Kotob (1 ABO) 9am-10am – NEW!

___ Become a Contact Lens Fitter Speaker: Joe Forte (1 NCLE) 1pm-2pm – NEW!

___ Lensology – Lens Basics Review Speaker: Deborah Kotob (2 ABO) 10am-Noon – NEW!

___ A New Approach to Fitting Irregular Corneas Speaker: Joe Forte (1 NCLE) 2pm-3pm – NEW!

___ Contact Lenses – How We Got Here From There Speaker: Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 3pm-4pm – NEW!

___ Managing Ocular Allergies Speaker: Joe Forte (1 NCLE) 4pm-5pm

Our Lecturers
Accredited lecturers Linda Conlin, Deborah Kotob of Vision-Ease and Joe Forte will present seven courses enabling you to earn ABO/NCLE credits.

For over 15 years Linda, an Adjunct Instructor with the Goodwin College Ophthalmic Sciences program, 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 and Optical News from OpticalCEUs news blog for opticians.

Deborah, the ECP Education Facilitator for Vision-Ease, creates and presents ABO, NCLE and JCAHPO seminars related to optics and best practices. A Massachusetts-licensed optician, she 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 recently received his NCLE Masters Certificate. He 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.

OpticalCEUs Spring Continuing
Education Seminar, Draws
Opticians from All Over New England

Some 150 opticians came to Foxwoods Hotel and Casino to sharpen their skills, dusted off their imaginations, and picked up the latest optical ideas—from sun lens technology to specialty contact lenses. It all happened at OpticalCEUs Spring Seminar on April 10 in the Celebrity Ballroom of Foxwood's Fox Tower (formerly MGM Grand). In the second level ballroom, they earned up to 7 ABO/NCLE credits.OpticalCEU's speakers covered the following topics:

  • The Nature of Light and Its Practical Applications Speaker: Joe Forte (1 ABO) 9am-10am

  • Explore the Cornea Speaker: Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 10am-11am

  • Managing Ocular Allergies & Ocular Surface Disorders with Single Use Lenses Speaker: Joe Forte (1 NCLE) 11am-Noon – NEW!

  • Specialty Contact Lenses are Not That Special Speaker: Joe Forte (1 NCLE) 1pm-2pm

  • Shades of Green Speaker: Deborah Kotob (1 ABO) 2pm-3pm – NEW!

  • Lens Enhancements Speaker: Deborah Kotob (1 ABO) 3pm-4pm – NEW!

  • Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses Speaker: Joe Forte (1 NCLE) 4pm-5pm – NEW

Opticians Cheer
OpticalCEUs' 2015 Spring Seminar

Around 12 dozen opticians came to the Grand Pequot Ballroom, Foxwoods Resort and Casino on Sunday, April 26. By the end of the day and after a delicious hot lunch, they returned home with 7 ABO/NCLE credits. They listened, took notes, and discussed material presented at seven sessions from four excellent speakers (see the movie on YouTube):

  • Miru 1day – New Technology in Daily Disposable Lenses Speaker: Donna Schaub (1 NCLE) 9am-10am

  • Blue Perspective Speaker: Deborah Kotob (1 ABO) 10am-11am

  • Night Vision Speaker: Deborah Kotob (1 NCLE) 11am-Noon

  • Day By Day Speaker: Joe Forte (1 NCLE) 1pm-2pm

  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lenses, But Were Afraid to Ask Speaker: Joe Forte (1 ABO) 2pm-3pm

  • You Be the Judge: Opticians and Malpractice Speaker: Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 3pm-4pm

  • Reflecting on Refraction. Speaker: Joe Forte (1 ABO) 4pm-5 pm.

OpticalCEUs Fall 2014 Conference
Sets Registration Record

A record number of opticians attended OpticalCEUs' Fall continuing education seminar on Sunday, Nov. 2. (See movie on YouTube.) It also happened to be the event's 15th anniversary. Opticians from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhodes Island gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the gamed Grand Pequot Hotel at Foxwoods. Three national speakers will offer the following ABO/NCLE-approved courses: The Full Spectrum of Prism, Night Vision, Contact Lenses on the Job, Day By Day, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lenses, But Were Afraid to Ask, Score with Contact Lenses for Sports, and Reflecting on Refraction.

Industry Sources

All about Vision
American Board of Opticianry (ABO)/National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE)
Contact Lens Society of America
Contact Lens Update
Eyewitness Magazine
Malpractice Link
National Academy of Opticianry (NAO)
Opticians Association of America (OAA)
Opticians Association of Canada (OAC)
20/20 Magazine
Vision Council
Vision Monday

at the Movies

Spring 2016 Movie,
Spring 2015 Movie,
Fall 2014 Movie,
Spring 2014 Movie,
Fall 2013 Movie
Spring 2013 Movie,
Fall 2012 Movie

Published Articles
by Linda Conlin

20/20 Magazine
(Continuing Education Articles)
“Kids and Kontacts”
By Linda Conlin
“Embyronic Eye Development”
By Linda Conlin

Eyewitness Magazine
Sellers of Illegal CLs
Target Teens”
By Linda Conlin
Solutions in Pediatric Myopia
By Linda Conlin
Are Closer Than You Think
Contact Lens Fits for Younger Children on the Rise”
By Linda Conlin (Page 13)