Saturday, April 6th 2019 Convention Schedule


3rd level


3rd level

HOSPITALITY 907-909 9th floor

7:30-8 am

Continental Breakfast/Registration Table Open

8-9 am

Pete Hanlin

Blue Light 1hr TECH



Prep Course

9-10 am

Pete Hanlin

Fundamentals of Progressive Lens Design 1hr TECH

10-11 am

Pete Hanlin

Creating Perceived Value 1hr GENERAL

11 am-1 pm



Exhibit Hall, Buffet Lunch,Vendor Bingo & Prizes

1-2 pm

Pete Hanlin

Myopia 1hr TECH



Prep Course

2-3 pm

Thomas Cervantes

Materially Tuned Photochromics 1hr TECH

Linda Loucks

How to Wow your customers
with experienced frame adjusting
and repair 2hrs TECH

3-4 pm

Thomas Cervantes

Abbe Value & Refractive Index 1hr TECH

4:00-5:30 pm

Round Table Discussion (CLIFFSIDE ROOM)

Come talk to our local and knowledgeable reps, lab personnel, and opticians.

5:30-7:00 pm

Happy Hour!

OAC Annual Meeting


2019 OAC Speakers and Courses

Pete Hanlin, ABOM

Sponsored: Essilor

Pete Hanlin began his career in the ophthalmic industry in 1989. After managing a number of Optometric Practices, he joined Essilor of America in 2002- where he is currently Senior Director of Professional Solutions. Pete serves as an industry representative on the ANSI Z80 committee, and has been a CE speaker for over 20 years.

Pete is a graduate of Lee University and is certified as a Master Optician by the American Board of Opticianry. He resides in Hickory Creek, Texas, with his wife Debbie.

Blue Light, 1hr Technical

This course describes the effects of blue light upon the body, sources of blue light, and various types of ophthalmic

products designed to reduce exposure to blue light. At the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Define types of blue light and their effects upon the body.

  2. Understand how different ophthalmic products reduce exposure to blue light.

  3. Identify various sources of blue light and their relative intensities.

Fundamentals of Progressive Lens Design, 1hr Technical

With well over 100 distinct progressive lens designs available to the practitioner, it can be difficult to

identify and measure design characteristics and their impact on real-life vision. This course lays out the

fundamental optical and physiological principles a well-functioning PAL must respect, as well as the

unwanted side-effects created when those principles are transgressed (aka “troubleshooting”).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the functional limits of length of progression based on patient physiology.

  2. Understand the optical characteristics having the highest impact on visual quality.

  3. Identify symptoms related to poor PAL design or fitment.

  4. Properly fit a progressive lens.

Creating Perceived Value, 1hr General

Value perception is comprised of five levers which drive the worth consumers assign to products and

services. By recognizing and maximizing each lever, the practitioner can increase the perceived value of

her/his practice, thereby increasing patient compliance to professional recommendations and patient loyalty to the practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the 5 levers which drive perception of value

  • Develop strategies to maximize perception of quality, service, and convenience

  • Improve patient loyalty through relationship building

Myopia, 1 hr Technical

The prevalence of myopia is rapidly increasing around the world. Furthermore, unlike other refractive

conditions, myopia increases the risk of ocular pathology. This course will outline trends, causes, and

controlling factors related to myopia, and the optician/technician’s role in myopia correction and


Learning Objectives:

  • Quantify the growing prevalence of myopia both globally and in the US

  • Identify the causes of myopia and the ocular pathology risk factors associated with myopia

  • Understand the methods of myopic control and the mechanisms by which they work

Thomas Cervantes, ABOC

Sponsored: Mitsui Chemicals

Thomas Cervantes is an ABO certified Optician, as well as a board member of the Optician Association of Colorado. Since getting into the optical industry over 10 years ago, Thomas has worked in every aspect of eyeglass manufacturing and dispensing in both corporate and private practice environments. Thomas has an incredible passion for Opticianry and loves mentoring and training new Opticians. Whether it is teaching optics or showing new Opticians how to physically adjust or repair eyewear, Thomas enjoys seeing other Optician grow and learn skills that they can use for a lifetime. When he's not nerding out on glasses, he's probably working on his Optician blog called “The Ugly Optician”.

Materially Tuned Photochromics, 1 hr Technical

Each photochromic improvement focuses on the wearer, using either a material or coating solution improvement. Each of our practices has used that improvement to increase patient satisfaction and better the optical business, that of the industry and that of our practices. This course describes the latest material improvement for photochromic casting technology that you should understand. It’s a clever solution that changes the way that high index and standard plastic lenses can be made photochromic, for patients it can provide them the advantages of an in-mass lens solution. Use this course to better understand the MR series of SunSensors lenses. Ask you laboratory about availability. Your patients will appreciate your expertise and these new lenses.

Abbe Value & Refractive Index – The Ongoing Battle, 1 hr Technical

It is the role of the Optician to interpret the written glasses prescription and design a piece of finished

eyewear that is cosmetically pleasing and provides the patient with optimum vision. With small refractive

errors, this is relatively straight forward. However, as refractive errors increase in power, the Optician is faced with additional decisions that have to be made. The biggest decision is often which lens material is best suited for the patient. There are consequences with using materials with higher refractive indices. This program will discuss the relationship between refractive index and Abbe value. Abbe value will be discussed, in depth, and why Opticians have to exercise great care when making lens material selection; especially with complex prescriptions such as those with prismatic correction. The program will also present techniques for Opticians to use to present different material options to their patients. Finally, material comparisons will be discussed, presenting their strengths and weaknesses, together with guidelines as to how to make the best selection for your patient.

Linda Loucks, ABOC

Linda Loucks started her Opticianry career in 1980 as an American Board of Opticianry (ABO) Certified Optician. She became a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) in 1986. In 1992, she received her National Contact Lens Certification (NCLC).Linda began her education with an Associate degree in Opticianry in 1984 and completed a Master degree of Education in 2000. She taught Dispensing Opticianry at Emily Griffith Vocational College for 18 years. Linda worked in private practice for an Optometrist for 12 1/2 years and at Kaiser Permanente for 25 years and retired the end of 2016.

How to WOW your Customers with Experienced Frame Adjusting and Repair, 2 hrs General

This course will present the optical dispenser with common and unique optical tools.
Recommendations and applications of hand tools for frame adjustments and small repairs will
be presented.


Melissa Scofield, LDO, ABOC, NCLEC, FNAO. Melissa is a board certified Optician, licensed by the State of Florida. Mrs. Scofield is a graduate of the Opticianry program at Hillsborough Community College and is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program at the College of Public Health, University of South Florida. Her current research is focused on telemedicine program efforts to prevent blindness. Melissa began working in the opticianry field in 2011 and has since become an advocate for vision health. She moved to Denver in 2017 and joined the board of the Opticians Association of Colorado.

Home Study Handout Courses

You can take the test and submit answers to us online, no mailing answer sheets. Download or read the courses online, and then follow the "TAKE THE TEST" links to complete the test.

DOWNLOAD: An Optician’s Role in Prevention Methods and Strategies, 1hr General


The relevancy of the specific knowledge and skill set of an optician outside the traditional dispensary setting is discussed, including various ways to educate the public and encourage vision health. Alternate work settings and rationales of the importance an optician has in a community are highlighted. This course is intended for all opticians who have interest in applying knowledge and skills in alternative situations; particularly for those who view their occupation in a professional manner and are concerned about public health matters relating to opticianry.

DOWNLOAD: Ophthalmic Dispensing Occupational Certifications and Licensing, 1 hr General


The validity of occupational licensing and the rationale behind it is explored. The relevancy of opticianry licensure is debated from different viewpoints as demonstrated in variances in state regulations. The definition of a professional optician is discussed, including how regulations, or lack of, can affect ability to practice and wages. This course is intended for those in the field of opticianry interested in matters regarding professional certification and licensing, predominantly for those interested in the dissimilarities of responsibilities and pay rates across the nation.

Bob Tucker, ABOC-AC

ABO Exam Preparatory Course
Bob Tucker, a Colorado native, has 30 years in the optical industry both in retail and wholesale. He has his advanced ABO certification and has been teaching the ABO certification test prep for over 20 years. His course for opticians is given every six months in the Denver metropolitan area just prior to the ABO test. Bob currently works at Duffens Optical as a customer service rep. In his spare time, Bob is the main conductor for the Golden Eagle Concert Band and he is a member of the Denver Pops Orchestra. He has been a beekeeper for eight years with 20 hives and hopes to expand to 50 this summer. At the suggestion of his wife, he now has a small flock of chickens.

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