Attendee Evaluation of OpticalCEU's Conferences
FYI: Linda Conlin founded OpticalCEUs in 1999 with the goal of providing inexpensive and informative continuing education courses for opticians and other individuals in the optical field. Since that time, she has successfully accomplished that goal with more than ten continuing education seminars, providing continuing education credits for hundreds of opticians. In addition, she has presented training seminars for the ophthalmic/opticianry chain Opticare, presented at CLES, and for state opticians' associations. She also write the “Kid's Korner” column for Eyewitness Magazine.
With more than 30 years experience in the optical field, Linda Conlin is an accredited speaker with the ABO and NCLE. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairfield University and optician’s licenses in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is a Fellow Ambassador of the National Academy of Opticianry, Past President of the Connecticut Opticians Association, and was the 1992 Connecticut Optician of the Year, has consulted for the NCLE, and is presently serving on the CLSA University Curriculum Review Sub-Committee.
F.E.Enterprises, the parent company of OpitcalCEUs, maintains attendance and course completion records for five years for opticians attending OpticalCEUs continuing education conferences.
Applaud the OpticalCEUs Spring 2014
One attendee summed it up best when he described the seminar as being “consciously planned.” If you want a taste of what these opticians saw, enjoyed, and tasted during a day of ABO/NCLE certified classes, watch our short movie.
Here are more of their comments about the various seminars:
Score with Contact Lenses for Sports: Good basic course, excellent speaker, thank you, Linda
Fitting Irregular Corneas: Awesome, very good, loved the instructor, he's great, very clear and easy to understand, should be a teacher, good speaker, informative, very good, excellent speaker, excellent in every way, great speaker get him again
The Miracle of Sight: Awesome, polarized lenses were an important part of the seminar, The information at the end of this presentation was the most beneficial. More of this!
Diseases of the Eye: Love it!!! , please offer more seminars like this, great speaker, good course, great speaker, learned from him, more, enjoy lectures given by Joe Forte, always interesting and informative, fabulous speaker!, loved it!, great speaker!
Beam Me Up! Understanding the Slit Lamp: Needed this before licensing, nice review!, great video, video was very complementary to the presentation awesome review and understanding the slit lamp, liked the video a lot, good refresher, and great.
Th ey listened to and questioned accredited lecturers Linda Conlin, Deborah Kotob of Vision-Ease and Joe Forte as they presented six courses enabling opticians to earn seven ABO/NCLE credits. For 15 years Linda, an NAO Fellow Ambassador, has provided continuing education and training for opticians at the state and national level. She is ABO and NCLE certified, licensed in CT, MA and RI, and has written for 20/20 and EyeWitness magazines. Deborah, a sales consultant for Vision-Ease, crates and presents ABO seminars related to best practices. A Massachusetts-licensed optician, she has owned an optical business and was a sales representative for MODO and Luxottica. Deborah has achieved ABOM and NCLE certifications. Joe, the director of contact lens services for Raymond Opticians, lectured at CUNY Tech, Vision Expo and Optifair. He was program director of the Interboro Institute College of Opticianry where he taught courses in various areas of contact lenses and optics.
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The attendees also responded more than favorably to the seminars as indicated by their responses to the questionnaire that the ABO/NCLE asks that participants fill out at the end of each presentation. You can see the results on this webpage.
The six ABO/NCLE courses, offering a total of seven CEUs, helped opticians discover how to fit irregular corneas with contact lenses, provide top-notch patient care by identifying vision health issues, and learn about new technology in spectacle and contact lenses. Here are reactions of attendees to some of the courses offered.
Augmented Reality Contact Lenses (course name): "Very interesting!" "Different - Great speaker." "Incredible! Best hour of all. Very exciting new technology!" "Great!" "Technology is amazing!" “Excellent course on the future of contact lenses. Awesome facts on positive and negative situations to come. Good theory on safety, health concerns and visual distractions. Expressed hypothetical scrutiny that can help to handle upcoming patients. Good critical thinking on who we serve, can and will serve. Provided a vast array of data from experts in our industry. Showed well thought out placement to educate and create a desire to expand on what was given."
Beam Me Up! Understanding the Slit Lamp (course name): "Loved the video." "Keep the videos - super entertaining." "Have more videos with this guy." "Video definitely put the whole process of using the slit lamp." "Very interesting – thanks." "Video/slides were great - great info."
Grading Contact Lens Complications (course name): "My recognition of these situations is still very limited. Have not got the experience with these matters. Great explanation of neovascularization." "Being weak on contact lens grading, I felt I understood better after going through the course." "Slides were great!"
Answers to the survey question, "Considering your other education options, why did you select this seminar?": "Convenience, audio/visual material." "Convenient location and time." "Very helpful to busy person. Appreciate the convenience of the program." "Cost, convenience, informative not overwhelming." "Time, location and topics, great presentation and speakers." "Price, location, topics discussed; like the speakers."
to Deborah Kotob
"It's an honor for such an accomplished optician to be a part of OpticalCEUs continuing education program," noted Linda Conlin, founder of OpticalCEUs. "Her continuing education classes always provide attendees with an intriguing look at optics, and our attendees appreciate the professionalism that she brings to every presentation."
"The Master optician certification is worth the effort," said Kotob. "Preparing for the exam and writing the research paper forced me to become more knowledgeable about optical theory and the effects of light, both good and bad, on ocular tissue." When asked about what she enjoyed most about the program, she said, "The best part was learning. I'm an optician. I've dispensed. But to dig deep into all that is required for sight and how that little hockey puck of a lens corrects Ametropia or Asthenopia, to name a couple, was satisfying. Through this program, I expanded the depth and breadth of my understanding of ophthalmic optics."
ABO/NCLE has ended its grace period for opticians who wish to remain ABO and/or NCLE certified. Here's a copy of the notice that has been emailed to opticians.
This notice is to advise you that your ABO and/or NCLE certification is going to expire on 12/31/2013. This is the absolute last date for you to complete all of your credits and your payment due for re-certification and to submit documentation showing proof of completion of the required number of CECs. There is no 4th year, suspension year, late fee period, or grace period [the blog's emphasis]. If you do not submit your appropriate credits and payment(s) due by 12/31/2013, your certification will expire, and you will be required to re-take the examination(s) in order to become ABO and/or NCLE Certified again. There are no exceptions [ABO/NCLE emphasis].
To renew your certification through 12/31/2016, you must: 1.) Complete the required number of hours of continuing education on or before December 31, 2013. ABO Certified: 12 ABO approved CECs (up to 3 may be NCLE approved). NCLE Certified: 18 NCLE approved CECs (up to 6 may be ABO approved). ABO & NCLE Certified: 21 CECs total (9 ABO approved and 12 NCLE approved). 2.) Submit your CECs or proof of current state licensed (only if your state requires continuing education to renew) by December 31, 2013. The ABO renewal fee is $85. The NCLE renewal fee is $85.
Speaker Joe Forte Certified as an Advanced Level III
Joe has lectured at CUNY Tech, specializing in contact lenses and was program director of the Interboro Institute College of Opticianry where he taught optics, anatomy and physiology, contact lenses, fabrication, and ophthalmic mathmatics. He has lectured at Vision Expo and Optifair. He is currently director of contact lens services for Raymond Opticians and a contact lens specialist for Greenwich Ophthalmology. Joe is also a professional musician. He is the percussionist at the Westchester Broadway Theater.
Recognizes Linda Conlin
Apprentice Training Program Valid in Eight States
in the 28-year-old program must have a high-school diploma or
equivalent and must work in an optical position with a
licensed and practising optician, optometrist, or
ophthalmologist. The student also must interact daily with his/
her sponsor, who assesses the student's progress through the
program. The cost of the OCPP
is $800. A payment plan is available.
Spring 2013 Continuing Education Conference a Success
Linda Conlin, founder of the innovative, attendee-oriented continuing education program OpticalCEUs and the increasingly popular optical news site, Optical News from OpticalCEUs, recently released the outstanding performance evaluations from opticians attending its Spring 2013Continuing Education Seminar for Opticians at Foxwoods. As mandated by ABO/NCLE (American Board of Opticianry/National Contact Lens Examiners), OpticalCEUs surveys attendee reaction to each seminar using a standard ABO/NCLE questionnaire. “Clearly our attendees appreciate the time, energy, and professionalism that each speaker puts into her/his work,” said Linda Conlin.
The seven-credit, six-course continuing education seminar for opticians was comprised of the following: Lensology—A Review of Lens Basics Speaker: Deborah Kotob (2 ABO) 9am-11am; Augmented Reality Contact Lenses Speaker: Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 11am-Noon; Troubleshooting Prism Speaker: Joe Forte (1 ABO) 1 pm-2 pm; Dry Eye and Contact Lenses Speaker: Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 2 pm-3 pm; Getting Started—How to Start Fitting Contact Lenses Speaker: Joe Forte (1 NCLE) 3pm-4pm; Grading Contact Lens Complications Speaker: Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 4 pm-5pm NEW! As always, all conference attendees enjoyed a complimentary hot lunch buffet prepared by the resort's culinary staff!