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The most perfect ophthalmic Rx can be
compromised if the eyewear does not
provide comfort and long term wearability.

There is no right or wrong way to dispense
eyewear. There is only the Patient's way. Take
as much time as you need to fit their eyewear.

Patients deserve a pleasant experience.
Patient
s deserve as much time as they need.
Patient
s deserve form-fitted prescription eyewear.

Eyewear consumers need and deserve the following:
a) Optician-assisted, in-depth lifestyle interview;
b) Optician-assisted, design and selection;
c) Handcrafted, form-fitting eyewear;
d) Free lifetime adjustments and
minor repair services, none of
which are available online.

Dispensing Guidelines

Opticianry is ultimately defined by how well the eyewear makes
contact with the Patient, not by the number of Customers served.
For the truly skilled Optician, the standard of care must include a
customized design and hands-on fitting of eyewear on each Patient.

Dentists, Manicurists and Hairstylists make direct, tactile contact with the
consumer. Likewise, Opticians must make direct contact with the Patient.
Hands on the Patient Opticians, can determine by sense of touch how a
frame feels even in lieu of asking the Patient. Only an eyeglass merchant
routinely hands over prescription glasses with no hands-on assessment,
nor the appropriate ‘touch and feel’ required to custom form-fit the eyewear.

The customized form-fitted eyewear involves more than just adjusting a nose
piece or bending a temple. It has to include the reshaping, bending, stretching,
twisting and artful sculpting of the frame components in order to personalize the
eyewear. Anything less will most likely compromise the patient's visual comfort
and long term wearability. The difference between adjusting and customizing is
what's different between today's eyewear merchants and yesterday's opticians.

Florida State Board of Opticianry
Required Equipment and Tools

Opticians are skilled Health Care Professionals.

Optical Dispensaries are Health and Wellness Facilities.

The following 10 items of equipment must be maintained in each office in which an Optician practices Opticianry:

Pupillary gauge

Thickness gauge

One set of hand tools necessary for the fitting of eyeglasses

One lensometer or vertometer or similar instrument

One colmascope or similar instrument, when manufacturing glass lenses on premises

One frame heater

One lens measure

Set of sample frames and mountings

Keratometer or similar instrument and slit lamp or similar instrument if fitting and adapting contact lenses pursuant to subsection 64B12-10.009(2), F.A.C.

   
Keratometer                         Slit Lamp

Set of trial soft contact lenses, if fitting and adapting contact lenses pursuant to subsection 64B12-10.009(2), F.A.C.

64B12-10.007 Minimum Equipment Requirements.

Specific Authority 484.005(2) FS. Law Implemented 484.002(3), 484.005(2) FS.

History -- New 12-6-79, Formerly 21P-10.07. Amended 5-31-87.

Formerly 21P-10.007, 61G13-10.007, 59U-10.007. Amended 8-16-04. Click here for reference.

Florida State Board of Opticianry
Continuing Education Requirements


20 Hours Total Per Biennium For License Renewal

11 hrs. Technical (To include 4 Contact Lens hours if Florida Board Certified only.)

2 hrs. Law

2 hrs. Prevention of Medical Errors

5 hrs. Elective (To include 1 HIV-AIDS hour upon first-time license renewal only.)

IMPORTANT

The Florida Board of Opticianry requires applicants to attend a 2 hour minimum, hands on the patient Handcrafted Frame Fitting Workshop before licensure can occur.

Optician apprentices must complete 6,240 hours of opticianry practice under the direct supervision of a Florida licensed optician before sitting for examination by the National Commission of State Opticianry Regulatory Boards, NCSORB.

Call 877-425-8852 to report unlicensed activity.

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Books, lectures and tests can take an Optician's skills only so far.

It is time for touch-and-feel, Hands on the Patient training.
Only one on one craftsmanship training provides this.
Craftsmanship cannot be learned virtually.

"Handcrafted frame fitting, i.e., touch and feel, hands-on dispensing,
cannot be outsourced to lectures or virtual sources. It is an art form,
which requires actual and multi-dimensional contact with the patient."

HANDS ON THE PATIENT WORKSHOP TRAINING AVAILABLE HERE
"It is incumbent on those who know, to teach those who do not know.
It is incumbent on those who do not know to surrender their ego."

ABO, American Board of Opticianry accredited, and Florida State Board approved CE
hours for Intermediate and Advanced Level Opticians in Handcrafted Frame Fitting
are currently offered under the sponsorship of POF, the Professional Opticians of
Florida. Click or Call 855-410-2700 to arrange for Training Session.

    

      

         




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