Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the seminar due concerns with COVID-19


April 18th & 19th, 2020


Dr. William Underwood, PH.D., ABOM, FNAO, FCLSA(H)


Saturday and Sunday: 8 am – 5 pm*

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


Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore

5312 Avion Park Dr.

Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 289-2700

Negotiated room rate is $159   Hotel cut-off date is March 24, 2020

Click here for the NAO negotiated room rate


click below for class descriptions and times

Preventing Medical Errors in the Optical Environment

Saturday April 18th: 8 am – 10 am

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 remedial process, and communication.

Florida Laws and Rules Quiz Show

Saturday April 18th: 10 am – 12 pm

ABO / NCLE – General Knowledge, Florida required

This course will challenge participants to answer questions related to Florida Opticianry Laws & Rules as well as current OSHA & ANSI Standards.  The jeopardy style format will entertain and inform attendees about current regulations.

An Optician’s Guide to Visual Impairment

Saturday April 18th: 1 pm – 3 pm

ABO / NCLE – Technical / Intermediate

This course provides a comprehensive review of the latest polarized, variable tint and combination lenses. A comparison of manufacturing technologies and expected performance will be presented. Lens material and design options will be discussed.

Eye Dissection

Saturday April 18th: 3 pm – 5 pm

ABO / NCLE – Technical / Intermediate       

Participants in this course will perform a guided dissection of a cow eye. Working from the outside to the inside, they will gain a greater understanding of the ocular muscles, conjunctiva, sclera, cornea, iris, crystalline lens, vitreous and retina. Relevant human eye conditions will be discussed as each part is examined.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Digital Measuring Devices

Sunday April 19th: 8 am – 9 am

ABO – Technical / Intermediate

Advanced lens designs and digital surfacing provide an opportunity to individualize patient’s eyewear. To take full advantage of this customization, precise measurements are required. Computerized image capture and measuring systems can now record the eye data, frame data and behavior data for every patient. This course will provide an in-depth description of current systems

Mentoring New Opticians

Sunday April 19th: 9 am – 10 am

ABO / NCLE – Technical / Intermediate

Eye care professionals serving in the role of a mentor lack training and references regarding mentoring procedures and the evaluation of competencies performed by mentees. New Opticians learning on the job, participating in a formal apprenticeship program or attending a degree program all need guided hands-on experience in the workplace. This course will provide an overview of a new Mentoring the Mentor program to support mentoring in several competency areas.

Spectacle and Contact Lens Solutions for Digital Eyestrain

Sunday April 19th: 10 am – 11 am

ABO / NCLE – Technical / Intermediate

All age groups experience different levels of digital eye strain. This course will present the latest spectacle and contact lens solutions to this growing problem.

What’s New in Wearable Technology Eyewear?

Sunday April 19th: 11 am – 12 pm

ABO – Technical / Intermediate

This course will provide an update of the latest wearable technology eyewear. As wearable technology becomes more prevalent, eye care professionals need to understand the devices capabilities and impact on their visual needs. In some cases the technology is worn with prescription lenses. The optics of these lenses requires modifications to optimize viewing with the devices. The course will include tips for measuring and fitting prescription lenses worn with the devices.

Contact Lens Solution Update

Sunday April 19th: 1 pm – 2 pm

NCLE- Technical / Intermediate

This course will present recent developments in the area of contact lens solutions for gas permeable and soft contact lenses. Advantages of these new developments will be discussed. Solution tonicity, Ph, buffering agents, viscosity, wetting agents, preservatives and factors effecting patient compliance will be reviewed.

What do You Really Know About Contact Lenses

Sunday April 19th: 2 pm – 3 pm

NCLE- Technical / Intermediate

This course will test attendee’s ability to identify contact lens related images. Thirty images of slit lamp illuminations, contact lens fits and related ocular conditions will be presented.

The ABCs of Fitting Soft Contact Lenses

Sunday April 19th: 3 pm – 5 pm

NCLE- Technical / Intermediate

This course will provide an overview of the soft contact lens fitting process from pre-fit evaluation to follow up care. Methods of selecting lens type and lens parameter s based on pre-fit findings and patient needs will be presented. Lens fit evaluation and troubleshooting will be discussed.