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Accredited CE Courses

Technology, Dispensing Skills, Practice Management

Steps to Enrich the Customer Experience

1.00 Credit • 14.99 • Expires 6/14/2023
Level: 1 Hour - General Knowledge
Contact Lens, Eye Health

Check Your Eye Development IQ

1.00 Credit • 14.99 • Expires 3/14/2022
Level: 1 Hour - Technical - Level II
Dispensing Skills, Lenses

Triple Defense For Healthy Eyes

1.00 Credit • FREE • Expires 4/30/2020
Grantor: Hoya
Level: 1 Hour - Technical - Level II
Dispensing Skills, Lenses

UV Before Blue – Prioritizing Light Protection for the Eyes

1.00 Credit • FREE • Expires 4/1/2020
Grantor: Zeiss, Inc.
Level: 1 Hour - Technical - Level II
Dispensing Skills, Frame Technology

The Many Material Benefits of Titanium Eyewear

1.00 Credit • FREE • Expires 5/1/2020
Grantor: Charmant
Level: 1 Hour - Technical - Level I
Dispensing Skills, Eye Health, Lenses

Sensity Dark and Shine – Expanding Opportunity in the Photochromic Market

1.00 Credit • FREE • Expires 3/31/2020
Grantor: HOYA Vision
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20/20's Resource for Education

Frames

Titanium Frames and the Benefits to Your Patients

We have all heard that titanium is tough, lightweight, and hypoallergenic, and we know to convey these features to our patients. But there can be much more to the story when it comes to titanium that we can overlook when presenting these fabulous products. Here are a few tips to help when giving your patient the low-down on why to choose one frame over another.
Eyes/Optics

Lost a Lens but Made the Catch

It was the top of the 4th, one out and no one on base in the May 11 ball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees. The Rays were leading 2-0 when Yankee Brett Gardner hit a fly ball into left field. Rays outfielder Tommy Pham raced for the catch just as he lost his left contact lens. Without breaking stride, however, the ball landed neatly in Pham’s glove for the second out. Pham searched the ground for a moment, then reached into his back pocket, pulled out a compact mirror and spare contact lens to reinsert the lens on the field. Pham made it seem like no big deal.
Business

OAA News

Bob Reynolds, OAA President, reports that there is a surge in attempts to deregulate or consolidate licensed professions by doing away with or combining state licensing boards. Attempts at deregulation have been made recently in Ohio, Arizona, Virginia and Florida, with more states certain to follow. You may recall that the OAA was instrumental in assisting opticians in Virginia, where a bill to deregulate opticians died in committee.
Contact Lenses

Teaching Contact Lenses in a Spectacle Lens World

Contact Lens Theory can be a challenging subject to teach and to absorb because most students are more familiar with spectacle lenses as they are initially introduced to refractive errors, how light bends through different mediums, and how spectacle lenses correct vision. It may be easier to understand the concept of visual correction when one can actually hold the lens in hand, see the shape of the lens either thick in the center or at the edges, and diagram the light rays entering and converging or diverging through the material.
Education

Live and Learn

One of my favorite sayings goes, “you live and you learn.” It doesn’t sound like anything profound or straight out of a literature book, but it gets me through mistakes I’ve made. If I could go back in time, I would have pursued a job in the field before I started school. I didn’t understand the importance of obtaining real life experience in an optical, versus putting in hours at my school’s optical clinic until applying for my apprenticeship. My classmates and I were able to guide each other frequently for group projects. Therefore, I always had support and comfort with what I was doing. It’s possible if I had started working in an optical setting sooner, I would have been much more relaxed for anything involving practical and physical tasks. I have noticed a drastic improvement in my skills and knowledge since becoming an apprentice. So, I try to convince students to get a job sooner than later because applying your knowledge in this field is immensely important on the road to becoming a successful optician.
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