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Ambassador of the Year.

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We are working to ensure opticians have information regarding the impact of
COVID-19. Should you
know of actions being taken by any health department in regards
to opticians, email me at LindaConlin@opticalceu.com.

Massachusetts Issues New
Temporary Licensing Procedures

Massachusetts 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 https://www.mass.gov/doc/executive-order-on-extension-of-business-license-expiration/download#page=2&zoom=auto,-99,685 .

Connecticut Waives
Licensing and Renewal

Connecticut has waived licensing, renewal, and inspection requirements by the Department of Public Health.” For more information, go to https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/Executive-Orders/Lamont-Executive-Orders/Executive-Order-No-7O.pdf?la=en.

CT Postpones Licensing
Exam for Opticians

The Department of Public Health has postponed administration of the Optician Practical exams tentatively scheduled during the weeks of June 16 – 25.

The DPH will wait to see how the situation with the COVID-19 evolves, before any future date might be determined.

CT Governor’s Exec Order
Details Licensing Renewal

Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont issued an executive order a few days ago regarding the state’s response to the coronavirus. The order included the following:

Professional Licenses that require recertification:The Department of Consumer Protection is handling it on a case-by-case basis. If the licensing renewal requirements for a particular profession or occupation can be met through continuing education online by the expiration date, there will be no extension. Since most licenses can be renewed online or by mail, this should not present an issue for most licensed professionals. Please contact the Department of Consumer Protection (https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/License-Services-Division/License-Division/To-Renew-Online) or the regulatory authority for your license if you have any questions.

OpticalCEUs Postpones
Seminar ‘Til Fall

Out 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. 

Online 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. 

List of State Licensing Boards: Contact your state licensing board for more information: 

Massachusetts https://www.mass.gov/orgs/division-of-professional-licensure,

New Hampshire https://www.oplc.nh.gov/,

Rhode Island https://www.ri.gov/Licensing/,

Vermont https://sos.vermont.gov/opr/,

Connecticut (new URL address) https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/License-Services-Division/License-Division/To-Renew-Online

I 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.

Be safe, wash your hands, and stay well,

On its 20th Anniversary OpticalCEUs
Draws One of Its Largest Seminars

More than 12 dozen opticians from the New England area celebrated OpticalCEUs 20th anniversary 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.

Our Lecturers
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.

  • In 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. 

  • Deborah, 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 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. Joe has been a Fellow of the CLSA since 1992.

  • Herb 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 country.

OpticalCEUs Celebrates Its 20th
Anniversary with a 7-Credit Program

On 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.

OpticalCEUs 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.

The 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 NEW!.

Afternoon 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!