NAO Seminar: Tampa, FL

Date: March 25th & 26th, 2017

Speaker: Diane Drake

Hours: Saturday 8 am – 5 pm

Sunday 8 am – 5 pm

* – 4 additional home study credits to those who attend two full days

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore

5312 Avion Park Drive

Tampa, FL  33607


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Course list and descriptions

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A Manager’s Guide to Florida Opticianry Laws and Rules

Saturday March 25th: 8 am – 10 am

ABO       NCLE                     General Knowledge           FL  Required 

This course will present the laws and rules for opticians in Florida.  Discussion will include history, scope of practice, violations and penalties, the licensing process, and continuing education

Preventing Medical Errors in the Optical Environment

Saturday March 25th: 10 am – 12 pm

ABO Basic           NCLE     Intermediate        General Knowledge FL  Required

This course will identify medical errors in the optical environment, an understanding of how they happen and what they can cause, as well as introduce ways to prevent them.  Included in the discussion will be terms including failure mode and effects analysis; root cause analysis and assessment; as well as identification, documentation, implementation of the remedial process, and communication.

AIDS, HIV and the Eyecare Professional

Saturday March 25th: 1 pm – 2 pm

ABO       NCLE     Intermediate

With various levels of exposure to the HIV Virus in the Eyecare field, it is becoming more and more important to be aware of the risks involved and how to avoid those risks to ourselves and to our patients.  This course will discuss those risks, and explain the universal precautions relating to the exposure.  Some of the most up to date statistics will be included.  Discussions will include explanation of AIDS and HIV and history.  Modes of transmission will also be discussed

Considerations for Low Vision

Saturday March 25th: 2 pm – 3 pm

ABO       Technical / Advanced

This section will present information regarding low vision.  Topics included will be identifying low vision categories, how to change distance in testing the low vision patient, different types of magnification and how they benefit the patient as well as communication with the patient on how to properly use low vision aids.

The Secrets of the Lens Cross

Saturday March 25th: 3 pm – 4 pm

ABO       Technical / Advanced

This course will discuss the powers of lenses in all meridians by placing the Rx on a lens cross.

Also presented will be information that will assist the ECP in both visualizing the final Rx as well as

identifying any unwanted concerns relating to the Rx. Unwanted prism and vertical imbalance will

be discussed.

Designing and Dispensing Eyewear

Saturday March 25th: 4 pm – 5 pm

ABO       Technical / Intermediate

This course will challenge the attendee to review scenarios and deduce the correct solution to the patient/customer needs.  You will learn investigative techniques to determine their true visual, functional and aesthetic requirements.  The tools include detailed interviews, optical analysis, multiple measurements and custom fitting.

In addition, this course will discuss the visualization of the finished eyewear, by appropriately analyzing and interpreting the prescription.  Course participants will be introduced to the variables that make up a prescription and how the materials used and options added change not only the appearance but the use of the eyewear.

Digital Age Dispensing - New Visual Technology Demands New Protection

Sunday March 26th: 8 am – 9 am

ABO       Technical / Intermediate

Life has changed dramatically over the last 25 years for you and your patients/customers.  “There’s an app for that” has become a common phrase.  The digital age is upon us and with it comes high tech equipment that impacts our vision, both positively and negatively.  This course will present some of the common concerns and methods for protecting our patients/customers.

Defining the “Chief Complaint” to Maximize Vision

Sunday March 26th: 9 am – 11 am

ABO       NCLE     Technical / General Knowledge

While patients/customers may come to an Optical office for any number of reasons, it is incumbent upon us to determine the particular reason or reasons and address them in particular.  Part of a patient history is identifying the “Chief Complaint” from your patient.  Whether it is visual, emotional, or something else, satisfaction is depending upon finding the source of the complaint to maximize vision.  This course will help to identify the standard history “chief complaint” as well as digging to uncover any other concerns.

The Art of Troubleshooting Rx Complaints

Sunday March 26th: 11 am – 12 pm

ABO       Technical / Intermediate

Troubleshooting Rx Complaints often begins with identifying what the problem and whether it is real or perceived. This course presents information that can help the participant to look at the reality of perception without prejudging, and find solutions to both real and perceived complaints while turning lemons into lemonade.

The Basics of Soft Toric Lens Fitting

Sunday March 26th: 1 pm – 2 pm

NCLE     Technical / Advanced

Today, having astigmatism will not prevent patients from being fit with soft contact

lenses.  This course will discuss not only what astigmatism is and the incidence of

astigmatism, but will present ways to satisfactorily fit your patient with lenses.  Designs,

fitting basics, diagnostics, and problem solving will be covered.

How Does Tear Film Affect Contact Lens Wear?

Sunday March 26th: 2 pm – 3 pm

NCLE     Technical / Intermediate

Patients don’t like to hear “I’m sorry, but you have a dry eye, and can’t wear contact lenses any

longer”.  This course will present some of the causes of dry eyes, and ways to manage those

patients with contact lenses.  Included in presentation will be allergies, symptoms, and medications.

Discussion will include the various structures of the tear layer as well as some other parts of the


Patient Education: The Contact Lens Dispenser’s Responsibility

Sunday March 26th: 3 pm – 5 pm

NCLE     Technical / Intermediate

This course will introduce the contact lens dispenser to the responsibilities of properly educating patients on the proper care and handling of contact lenses, along with potential dangers. Basic methods for insertion and removal will be included.