March 14th & 15th, 2020




Saturday and Sunday: 8 am – 5 pm*

* – 4 home study credit voucher will be given to attendees who attend two full days


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel-JAX Airport

 2101 Dixie Clipper Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32218

 (904) 741-1997

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Seminar Costs

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NAO Members Costs

NAO Member Costs:

Early Registration:

  • NAO Membership – $75
  • One Day – $99
  • Two Days – $150
  • Hourly – $15/hour

Late Registration:

  • NAO Membership – $75
  • One Day – $174
  • Two Days – $225
  • Hourly – $30/hour

Non-Member Costs

NAO Non-Member Costs:

Early Registration:

  • One Day – $240
  • Two Days – $340
  • Hourly – NA

Late Registration:

  • One Day – $315
  • Two Days – $415
  • Hourly – NA

Seminar Classes

Click below for seminar class descriptions and times

A Manager’s Guide to Florida Opticianry Laws and Rules

Saturday March 14th: 8 am – 10 am

ABO / NCLE – General Knowledge, Florida 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 14th: 10 am – 12 pm

ABO / NCLE – General Knowledge, Florida 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.

Age-related Changes and the Eye

Saturday March 14th: 1 pm – 2 pm

ABO / NCLE – Advanced

This course will present information regarding changes in the eye as a result of aging.  As a person ages there are changes in the eye. Some of these changes would be considered normal and some may be of concern. Information on these normal changes will be discussed as well as those that may of be of concern.  Information will include changes that will affect vision as well as contact lens wear.

What Makes Eyeglasses Fit Badly and What to do About it

Saturday March 14th: 2 pm – 3 pm

ABO – Advanced

This course will present information regarding lower order lens aberrations as well as higher order aberrations.  It will explain the role lower order lens aberrations have played in lens design and the effect these aberrations have on patient vision.

Unequal Refractive Errors and the Effects on Vision

Saturday March 14th: 3 pm – 5 pm

ABO / NCLE – Intermediate

Patients want to know what their glasses will look like and we spend time discussing that with them.  But…how will they see with their glasses?  That’s an even more important question.  Unequal refractive errors not only have an effect on how glasses will look but how a person sees or even “IF” they see WELL.  This course will present answers to these questions presenting both spectacle and contact lens options in the discussion.

Taking Responsibility for Your Patient’s Eyes – Sunwear IS the Other First Pair

Sunday March 15th: 8 am – 9 am

ABO / NCLE – Intermediate

As more consumers than ever before are active outdoors, eyecare professionals need to realize that sunwear is just as important as a person’s indoor eyewear.  Many patients may not be aware that “real” sunwear is available in prescription as well as plano.  This course will discuss the opportunity as well as the responsibility of the ECP to introduce information to the patient/customer about the risks of not protecting their eyes with quality sunwear.   Information will include who needs quality sunwear, ocular damage caused by UV radiation, discussing lifestyle requirements for sunwear and how the ECP should position sunwear in the practice.  Included will be selling points for Rx sunwear.

Advanced Prism

Sunday March 15th: 9 am – 10 am

ABO – Advanced
This course will present information including splitting prism, compounding prism, prism notation, resultant prism, and resolving prism. An understanding of basic prism would be helpful for the learner to comprehend the more advanced knowledge in this course.

The Optics of Strong Lenses

Sunday March 15th: 10 am – 11 am

ABO – Intermediate

How do the optics change as the Rx changes and how does it affect the wearer?  Does the frame affect the optics?  How does lens material affect optics and how a patient sees?  Understanding how the optics change in a lens depending upon the vertex distance, wrap and other considerations is crucial to having your patient see well.  This course will present these issues to ensure the best visual outcome for your patient.

Troubleshooting Dispensing to Seniors

Sunday March 15th: 11 am – 12 pm

ABO – Intermediate

This course will present information regarding the unique dispensing skills needed to dispense eyewear to the aging population.  Sometimes considered a challenge, this course will discuss the “Senior” opportunity.  As “Generation X” enters their presbyopic years, ways of dispensing have changed dramatically regarding options and information given to patients.  Information on the personality traits of the different generations of the older population will be included.  Identifying specific needs in fit, fashion and function for older patients will be presented, including proper measurements and anatomical considerations. This course will also present the importance of communicating. Information on ocular changes as patients age will also be included.

Specialty and Not-So-Specialty Contact Lenses

Sunday March 15th: 1 pm – 3 pm

NCLE – Advanced

This course will include information on various types of contact lenses including soft, gas permeable, scleral, toric, multifocal, lenses for keratoconus and other ectasias, as well as other specialty contact lenses.  This will be good for the fairly new contact lens fitter as well as information that will be useful for the more advanced fitter.

Slit Lamp Evaluation

Sunday March 15th: 3 pm – 5 pm

NCLE – Advanced

This course will include history, types of slit lamps, illuminations, and how to use the illuminations. conducted as a lecture and hands on workshop demonstrating the various illuminations, and when and how to use them.  Parts of the instrument including the different filters will be discussed. Steps of an evaluation will be reviewed as well. This will be good for the fairly new contact lens fitter as well as information that will be useful for the more advanced fitter.