February 22nd & 23rd, 2020




Saturday and Sunday: 8 am – 5 pm*

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


Homewood Suites of Tallahassee

2987 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32301

(850) 402-9400

The cutoff date to make reservations is  2/7/2020

Group Name for calling in: “National Academy of Opticianry”
Use Group Code for booking online: NAO 

Seminar Costs

click below for seminar costs

NAO Members Cost

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

NAO Non-Members Cost

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 class descriptions and times

A Manager’s Guide to Florida Opticianry Laws and Rules

Saturday February 22nd: 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 February 22nd: 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.

How to Determine the Best Sun Lens for a Patient

Saturday February 22nd: 1 pm – 2 pm

ABO – Intermediate

Everyone’s requirements for sun protection is not the same. As a matter of fact, every patient has sun protection needs that vary depending upon their particular usage outdoors. 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 based upon their particular needs.

Prentice’s Rule and Finding the Power of a Lens in any Meridian

Saturday February 22nd: 2 pm – 3 pm

ABO – Intermediate

This course will include unwanted prism, prism by decentration, Prentice’s Rule, prism imbalance and finding the power of a lens in any meridian.

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye

Saturday February 22nd: 3 pm – 5 pm

ABO/ NCLE – Advanced

This course will list and identify the structures of the eye, explaining the visual functions.  It will also discuss the refractive status and process of the eye, identifying various conditions of the eye and possible corrections.  Included will be muscles of the eye and how they work, and how to identify and manage unequal refractive errors and complications of the eye.

The Basics of Light, Refraction, and Reflection

Sunday February 23rd: 8 am – 9 am

ABO / NCLE – Intermediate

This course will introduce the basics of light.  Included in discuss will be two light theories, the principles of refraction (the bending of light) and the principles of reflection.

Geometric and Applied Optics

Sunday February 23rd: 9 am – 10 am

ABO – Advanced

This course will deal with the optical formulas that define the performance of ophthalmic lenses.  A dispenser familiar with these formulas will be better able to understand prescription problems as they design new lenses to address the multiple issues necessary to supply the best vision for the wearer.

Managing Difficult Frame Fits

Sunday February 23rd: 10 am – 11 am

ABO – Details forthcoming

Troubleshooting the Uncommon Prescription

Sunday February 23rd: 11 am – 12 pm

ABO – 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 to find solutions to both real and perceived complaints while turning lemons into lemonade.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Tear Film and Contact Lenses

Sunday February 23rd: 1 pm – 2 pm

NCLE – 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 the presentation will be allergies, symptoms, and medications.  Discussion will include the various structures of the tear layer as well as other parts of the eye.

The Basics of Soft Toric Lens Fitting

Sunday February 23rd: 2 pm – 3 pm

NCLE – Intermediate

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.

New Contact Lens Technology

Sunday February 23rd: 10 am – 11 am

NCLE – Intermediate

Contact lenses play a major role in any successful optical business. This course will provide the learner with an in-depth evaluation of procedures involved in contact lens fitting, inspection, and handling. This course is designed to provide the learner with a detailed overview of contact lenses by defining pertinent terminology as well as important instrumentation used in the fitting process. The course describes special contact lens designs and their application.