Saturday, April 6th 2019 Convention Schedule
HOSPITALITY 907-909 9th floor
Continental Breakfast/Registration Table Open
Blue Light 1hr TECH
Fundamentals of Progressive Lens Design 1hr TECH
Creating Perceived Value 1hr GENERAL
11 am-1 pm
Exhibit Hall, Buffet Lunch,Vendor Bingo & Prizes
Myopia 1hr TECH
Materially Tuned Photochromics 1hr TECH
How to Wow your customers
Abbe Value & Refractive Index 1hr TECH
Round Table Discussion (CLIFFSIDE ROOM)
Come talk to our local and knowledgeable reps, lab personnel, and opticians.
OAC Annual Meeting
HOSPITALITY ROOM 9th floor
2019 OAC Speakers and Courses
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.
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:
Define types of blue light and their effects upon the body.
Understand how different ophthalmic products reduce exposure to blue light.
Identify various sources of blue light and their relative intensities.
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”).
Define the functional limits of length of progression based on patient physiology.
Understand the optical characteristics having the highest impact on visual quality.
Identify symptoms related to poor PAL design or fitment.
Properly fit a progressive lens.
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.
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
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
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
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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”.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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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.
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.